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    Oregon Public Broadcasting news (posted Nov. 14, no time given):

    An Occupy Portland protester says he was roughed up during a clash with police Sunday afternoon. Justin Bridges was hospitalized after police tried to move protesters out of Chapman Square.

    Bridges spoke from Legacy Emanuel Medical Center Monday.  "I did nothing wrong. I was never read my rights. Nothing. They beat me for no reason and then released me because they couldn’t charge me," Bridges told OPB.

    Bridges says an officer kneed him repeatedly in the back. He says that aggravated a previous injury, and that he has lost some feeling in parts of his right hand and foot.

    Late Monday, the police bureau released a video of the arrest, saying there was "compelling public interest”" in the incident.

    The bureau statement says a review of the video, and of video taken by people in the crowd, did not reveal Bridges being struck by an officer.

    KOIN, Published: 6:58 pm, updated 7:43pm, Portland time.
    Meanwhile, PPB issued a press release and YouTube video Monday regarding the treatment of one of the protesters, Justin Bridges, during the clearing of Chapman Square. “It does not appear that Mr. Bridges was ever struck by officers,” the release states.

    According to the PPB, Bridges initially fell down between police and protesters, and was then dragged away by officers to get “away from a very volatile situation as they are trained to do when anyone goes to the ground at the front lines of a protest.”

    Bridges was temporarily handcuffed. He told officers he was experiencing back pain from a previously broken back, at which time they contacted medical responders. Bridges waited on a bench until they arrived, at which time he was placed on a stretched and transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital. He was not arrested or cited, PPB reports.

    Police video here.

    Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle and so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. - Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by rsmpdx on Mon Nov 14, 2011 at 09:48:14 PM PST

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