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  •  Did they tell the Doctors when 2 were hospitalized (0+ / 0-)

    that the students had been sprayed not just with pepper spray but with a mixture of pepper spray and tear gas. Asthma attacks are sometimes fatal.

    Was this Frankenstein Combo spray authorized?

    •  Whether authorized or not, I'm most angry that (0+ / 0-)

      the remedy sprays/foams are not hanging from police belts, at the ready, not ever being considered for use after protesters are 'subdued' and cuffed, and left in agony for many hours.  These heavily armed police are generally far larger and stronger than the protesters targeted for spraying.  I can't imagine it'd be that great an effort for 1 to 3 of them to cooperatively separate the protesters one by one for arrest, using commands and pressure holds--just enough to obtain compliance, but apparently that wasn't attempted...too labor intensive?  It looks to me like a 'shock and awe' approach is what police think they need to use against large groups of boisterous protesters, more than 99% of whom are peaceful, non-violent and usually chant nothing worse than "You're cute, you're...take off your riot gear!" to police, until perhaps being harshly beaten and sprayed.  It's not working out for them...and they need to grasp why.

      We could direct our media to pay attention the city police chiefs who understand that harsh police brutality is generating iconic martyrs and increasing public sympathy for protesters as well as increasing the resolve of more people to participate next time to stand with those unfairly and disproportionately punished.  One example was in Milwaukee last Friday. The chief's approach to Occupy Milwaukee taking the North St. bridge was to just keep his forces at the far ends of the bridge directing traffic around it, allowing the protesters to say and do whatever they wanted, and waiting them out.  Curious press asked why he didn't send in police to 'clear out the protesters' for blocking the bridge and forcefully remove them. He told them it would take much longer to clear if he started making arrests and risk too much harm to officers and protesters.  He predicted the protesters wouldn't last long isolated on the bridge exposed to the incoming wintry weather--Wisconsin weather requires a fair amount of preparation for long periods outdoors on top of a windy bridge.  After an hour, due to the increasingly near freezing temperatures, wind and incoming wet weather, the crowd declared victory, and disbanded for that day, with a few dozen hanging around another 30-45 minutes.  No arrests, no blasts of pepper spray, rounds of tear gas or rubber bullets, no bloodied batons and bodies, no protesters put in life-threatening health situation (ok, maybe a small hypothermia risk), no clogging of the county jails and court system with hundreds of minor arrests, no issues transporting hundreds safely, no huge bill for police overtime, and no multi-million dollar lawsuits.  This chief also serves as an officer in PERF so perhaps he'll be citing his experience for the next rounds of unorganized, spontaneous 'conference calls' with other chiefs and mayors.

      When life gives you wingnuts, make wingnut butter!

      by antirove on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 09:12:30 AM PST

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