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Just got back home after getting hit four times in my head (lucky i had helmet on) plus lost a shoe(where high tops next time).

On the corner of Cermak and Michigan there was a stand off where police kettled a group of protesters using riot police. The police moved in on the protesters and violence ensued. I saw a few people with busted heads and bleeding. There was no regard for safety or the lawful right to assemble. I will upload video later were police told me even if I was press it did not matter, "higher ups" told them to take care of everybody.

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a little excessive maybe?

Illinois State police and Chicago police stand guard on Michigan Ave. during a protest march as a part of this weekend's NATO summit Sunday, May 20, 2012, in Chicago. Security has been high throughout the city in preparation for the NATO summit, where delegations from about 60 countries will discuss the war in Afghanistan and European missile defense. (AP Photo/Robert Ray)
look at pictures and video. everything was fine until riot police kettled protesters and created chaos

In the middle of crowd in riot gear
(clear escalation while police were pushing east from cermak on michigan)

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On top of median to further intimidate protesters
PHOTO CREDIT John Kugler Substance News

Originally posted to Hyde Park Johnny on Mon May 21, 2012 at 05:42 PM PDT.

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  •  Police violence? Goofs threw things and shoved CPD (5+ / 0-)

    Police have been incredibly patient, restrained, and professional -- even friendly.   A group of idiots decided to directly challenge the cops and try to shove their way through the police line, and were throwing things at the cops.  Cops did exactly what they're supposed to do in that scenario -- which of course is what the Black Bloc morons wanted.  They don't want to protest, they want a fight with police, and they finally provoked one.  A big apology to the CPD for having to deal with the small groul of idiots in the protest deliberately looking to cause trouble.

    •  i was there were you? (19+ / 0-)

      the protesters were kettled and then the police moved in.
      everything was peaceful until the riot cops came in by force.

      The cops tried to bust my head. Plus afterward they threatened me even when I showed them my police press credentials. do not talk out of your ass. get on the streets instead of sitting by your computer pretending your making a difference.

      the video clearly shows cops beating people while they were on the ground. what is the excuse for that?

      Clearly you are trolling for the cops.
      just look at your pattern of comments when posts show police violence

      Police violence? Goofs threw things and shoved CPD
      from [VIDEO] Police Violence NATO 2012    Reggid    Sun May 20, 2012
      at 05:36 PM PDT   

      CPD not to blame -- dumbass Black Bloc idiots are
      from CPD "Quietly Move On, Subject to Arrest - Barricades <> 11 LIVESTREAMS HERE    Reggid    Sun May 20, 2012

      Yeah, shocking that trying to provoke the cops . .
      from Occupy Chicago:Police Violence Video Liveblog-Updates, sadly, Expected    Reggid    Sun May 20, 2012
      at 08:58 AM PDT

      Sorry, but even liberal Chicagoans don't agree
      from [LIVE FEED] Chicago Saturday Night Clashes   
      Sun May 20, 2012
      at 07:59 AM PDT

      Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. -Aristotle

      by Hyde Park Johnny on Sun May 20, 2012 at 05:45:14 PM PDT

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    •  kettling and escalation (4+ / 0-)



      Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach. -Aristotle

      by Hyde Park Johnny on Sun May 20, 2012 at 06:37:26 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  And this proves what? (3+ / 0-)
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        edrie, bornadem, erush1345

        The CPD didn't initiate anything -- the group of morons deliberately trying to shove their way through the police and throwing things at them caused the police line to push back.  Deliberately looking to fight the police and trying to provoke them doesn't make anyone some kind of romanticized hero of a glorious revolution -- it just makes that person look like a mindless rebel without a cause.  Again, my apologies to the CPD for the small group of self-proclaimed revolutionaries too filled with a sense of self-importance and too little filled with common sense.  

        •  Why do you think this violence is OK? (5+ / 0-)

          Wake up. this is a police state. My apologies to protestors exercising their 1st amendment rights brutally beaten by a gang of thugs.

          Deliberately looking to beat up peaceful protesters doesn't make anyone some kind of romanticized hero or an officer of the law - it make that person look like a mindless thug without any regard for the law at all. I no longer support this gang that calls themselves "police".

          I'm tired of the poor being criminalized, I'm tired of peaceful protesters being criminalized. Wake up and look at what's really going on.

          "I read this- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I read every last word of this garbage, and because of this piece of $#!^ I'm never reading again!"-Officer Barbrady

          by Broke And Unemployed on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:57:07 PM PDT

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          •  I was downtown all weekend -- CPD was friendly (1+ / 0-)
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            Please stop making excuses for the fools who were trying to provoke the police.  There has clearly been a group of a few hundred idiots whose only purpose seems to be to try to fight with the police. These Black Bloc morons are not protestors -- they are idiots and thugs.

            •  The CPD are not officers of the law, (0+ / 0-)

              they are idiots and thugs. Please stop making excuses for the fools who were trying to provoke the protesters.

              "I read this- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I read every last word of this garbage, and because of this piece of $#!^ I'm never reading again!"-Officer Barbrady

              by Broke And Unemployed on Mon May 21, 2012 at 07:07:49 AM PDT

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            •  Even if I could accept your premise that the (0+ / 0-)

              police were provoked, I am still left wondering why they are not trained to better handle the provocation.  After all, these "Black Bloc morons" have been around for quite a while.  

              This is what the Walker Report said about police behavior in 1968, and it doesn't look like there has been much change:

              "During the week of the Democratic National Convention, the Chicago police were the targets of mounting provocation by both word and act. It took the form of obscene epithets, and of rocks, sticks, bathroom tiles and even human feces hurled at police by demonstrators.  Furthermore, the police had been put on edge by widely published threats of attempts to disrupt both the city and the Convention.
              ”That was the nature of the provocation. The nature of the response was unrestrained and indiscriminate police violence on many occasions, particularly at night."
              Because they are trained and paid public employees, they are, and should be, held to a higher standard than civilians, protesting legally or not.

              "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

              by Susan Grigsby on Mon May 21, 2012 at 05:55:10 PM PDT

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    •  Police across the country: fascist oppression (6+ / 0-)

      Look at the top photograph. That is an image out of a fascist police state. All across the country overwhelmingly peaceful--if boisterous--protest is met by militarized police forces engaged in violence, intimidation and outright thuggery.

      Those aren't police forces on American streets. Those are armies. It's a disgrace. The whole point is to intimidate people so they will be too fearful to exercise their First amendment rights. When cops are dressed up like that, their aim is not to facilitate free expression while ensuring public safety and order--the only legitimate role for police in a democracy--but rather to crush free expression.

      There is ample evidence of this over the past eight months. And it is a pattern of policing that has been repeated time and again over the past decade. It takes an authoritarian to defend it.

      Apology to the CPD? You should be ashamed of yourself.

    •  Nonsense (4+ / 0-)

      Did you see the video? Are you hallucinating, or do you just have an irrational love for authoritarian violence? It truly disgusts me to see anyone defending this on a so-called "progressive" forum.

    •  Bullshit (0+ / 0-)

      The Chicago police who kill at least 3 people a week aren't patient when you kiss their ass, yet apologists like you say they're being patient restrained and professional which btw is verbatim from their own statement that all 4 Chicago affiliates repeated last night.

      It's kind of weird that there's no video of anyone throwing things at the Chicago police, don't you think?

      You're not helping.

  •  Nothing wrong with sucking dick (5+ / 0-)

    I love that that's how the second video ends. I know that's not the point of the video, but it just struck me as awesome.

    More on point, it is hard to tell what started the violence in the first video. Any insight on that?

    Regarding the second video, it looked and sounded like the protestors were pushing as a group to push the police back maybe? I heard people yelling, "Push, push." What's the goal of pushing the police? If I'm not interpreting the video right, please correct me. Just curious what the point of that is.

  •  Posted without comment: A Photo (8+ / 0-)


    Photo by me on May 6, 2012

    Just your average every day Autistic hillbilly/biker/activist/union steward with an engineering degree.

    by Mentatmark on Sun May 20, 2012 at 08:17:16 PM PDT

    •  Wearing a hoodie! (3+ / 0-)
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      Mentatmark, glitterscale, gulfgal98

      "A Republic, if you can keep it."

      by Publius2008 on Sun May 20, 2012 at 08:33:45 PM PDT

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    •  Haymarket Martyrs Monument (2+ / 0-)
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      glitterscale, Mentatmark
      ... a bombing that took place at a labor demonstration on Tuesday May 4, 1886, at Haymarket Square in Chicago. It began as a peaceful rally in support of workers striking for an eight-hour day. An unknown person threw a dynamite bomb at police as they acted to disperse the public meeting. The bomb blast and ensuing gunfire resulted in the deaths of seven police officers and at least four civilians, and the wounding of scores of others.

      (November 11, 1887) four defendants... were taken to the gallows .... They sang the Marseillaise, then the anthem of the international revolutionary movement. Family members ... who attempted to see them for the last time, were arrested and searched for bombs (none was found). ... Witnesses reported that the condemned men did not die immediately when they dropped, but strangled to death slowly, a sight which left the spectators visibly shaken.

      Identity of the bomber

      Notwithstanding the convictions for conspiracy, no actual bomber was ever brought to trial, [...] Howard Zinn, in A People's History of the United States also fingered Schnaubelt, suggesting he was a provocateur, posing as an anarchist, who threw the bomb so police would have a pretext to arrest leaders of Chicago's anarchist movement.


      Resistance Is Fertile - Occupy

      by Sean X on Sun May 20, 2012 at 11:47:40 PM PDT

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  •  Most telling videos (3+ / 0-)

    "A Republic, if you can keep it."

    by Publius2008 on Sun May 20, 2012 at 08:33:12 PM PDT

  •  CNN's Don Lemon Shocked Police Brutality At NATO (3+ / 0-)
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    glitterscale, antirove, slatsg

    "Does Anybody Deserve This?"

    Also, near the end, notes on the NATO summit:

    - France's new President pulling out French troops earlier than planned--Pres. Obama's spin on that (Reporter's words).

    - Aftersix months, Pakistan still not allowin a supply route. "Won't be settled here."

    - "Missile defense shield" that Russia regards as a threat to their national security.

    - (The word "drone" not mentioned, nor the slaughter of civilians, women and children.)


    Resistance Is Fertile - Occupy

    by Sean X on Mon May 21, 2012 at 04:00:00 AM PDT

  •  Undercovers lead night march, arrest local (6+ / 0-)

    A NATO night protest Sunday night was steered and disrupted by under cover police who then arrested a local activist.

    A few hundred people gathered outside of the art institute where delegates were supposed to have a party. There was a big standoff with cops. At least once person was arrested on the side. The group realized that the party was moved because of the huge crowd so they decided to march.

    Marchers continuously realized when figuring out directions that this big vocal muscly white guy and some others masked up next to him kept suggesting that they charge into a street with riot or bike cops. A bunch of locals would always say... "NOOOO WTF ARE YOU DOING" and there would be an argument and then folks would realize that the way first suggested was suicidal and change direction. This went on for a bit (and it was pretty intense cause there was 3-500 people, lots of riot cops running to catch up on the sides, and lots of bike cops trying to get around on side streets... so not much was done about this.

    After crossing a bridge the previously mentioned excited muscle bound white man and these two large masked dudes grabs this black man who had been one of the locals arguing with him and they throw him to the ground and slam him within 10 feet of approaching bike cops who quickly move to surround them. A number of people immediately saw what was going on and tried to get the guy out, but it was too late tons of cops swarmed them and they grabbed both people, the local and this other loud obnoxious muscley guy (the two masked people[who I can only assume were cops got away and left the scene]. Anyway the muscley guy shows his badge to the cops and they still "arrest" him.

    First we had been steered a long way by undercovers, second this other guy they arrested was totally fucked by three white undercover cops and was likely to be treated awfully cause he was a person of color and someone who was one of the only local people vocal enough to step up and try to lead the march. Anyway one person said " THAT FUCKER BEING "ARRESTED" IS A COP... I SAW HIS BADGE!!" and the cops started moving towards them saying... "oh yeah.... what was his badge number" as if cops would ever fucking say that about someone who wasn't a cop.

    The crowd was then herded towards a dead end and people scrambled through a corporate lot, while the other part retreated back down the street.

    If you are organizing a summit, you need to have local people who have ties to each other and can pick out cops like this. If you have suspicions that someone is constantly leading a march into a direction where either cops suddenly appear as if from air or are already there.... that person should A) not be allowed to yell his way into quick decisions about where you go B) be isolated c) not be let near local people who know the streets.

    FUCK!!!!! I am so mad. we didn't even get the other guy's name who was arrested. This was about an hour ago..... :(

    Mon, 05-21 00:58


    Resistance Is Fertile - Occupy

    by Sean X on Mon May 21, 2012 at 04:16:58 AM PDT

  •  The highest-ranking cops.... (0+ / 0-)

    .... get to wear original 1968-issue helmets. It's an honor thing, ya know. I'm sure their forefathers are proud.

    "Any dictator would admire the uniformity and obedience of the U.S. media." -- Noam Chomsky

    by ratmach on Mon May 21, 2012 at 06:13:58 PM PDT

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