New York police sexual abuse

This satiric musical video from New York City in the USA is called Occupy West Side Story – Officer Winski.

By David Graeber, Naked Capitalism in the USA:

New Police Strategy in New YorkSexual Assault Against Peaceful Protesters

Friday, 04 May 2012 11:15

A few weeks ago I was with a few companions from Occupy Wall Street in Union Square when an old friend — I’ll call her Eileen — passed through, her hand in a cast.

“What happened to you?” I asked.

“Oh, this?” she held it up. “I was in Liberty Park on the 17th [the Six Month Anniversary of the Occupation]. When the cops were pushing us out the park, one of them yanked at my breast.”

“Again?” someone said.

We had all been hearing stories like this. In fact, there had been continual reports of police officers groping women during the nightly evictions from Union Square itself over the previous two weeks.

“Yeah so I screamed at the guy, I said, ‘you grabbed my boob! what are you, some kind of fucking pervert?’ So they took me behind the lines and broke my wrists.”

Actually, she quickly clarified, only one wrist was literally broken. She proceeded to launch into a careful, well-nigh clinical blow-by-blow description of what had happened. An experienced activist, she knew to go limp when police seized her, and how to do nothing that could possibly be described as resisting arrest. Police dragged her, partly by the hair, behind their lines and threw her to the ground, periodically shouting “stop resisting!” as she shouted back “I’m not resisting!” At one point though, she said, she did tell them her glasses had fallen to the sidewalk next to her, and announced she was going to reach over to retrieve them. That apparently gave them all the excuse they needed. One seized her right arm and bent her wrist backwards in what she said appeared to be some kind of marshal-arts move, leaving it not broken, but seriously damaged. “I don’t know exactly what they did to my left wrist—at that point I was too busy screaming at the top of my lungs in pain. But they broke it. After that they put me in plastic cuffs, as tightly as they possibly could, and wouldn’t loosen them for at least an hour no matter how loud I screamed or how much the other prisoners begged them to help me. For a while everyone in the arrest van was chanting ‘take them off, take them off’ but they just ignored them…”

On March 17, several hundred members of Occupy Wall Street celebrated the six month anniversary of their first camp at Zuccotti Park by a peaceful reoccupation of the park—a reoccupation broken up within hours by police with 32 arrests. Later that evening a break-away group moved north, finally establishing itself on the southern end of Union Square, two miles away, even sleeping in park—though the city government soon after decided to defy a century-old tradition and begin closing the park every night just so they would not be able to establish a camp there. Since then, occupiers have taken advantage of past judicial rulings to continue to sleep on sidewalks outside the park, and more recently, on Wall Street itself.

During this time, peaceful occupiers have been faced with continual harassment arrests, almost invariably on fabricated charges (“disorderly conduct,” “interfering with the conduct of a police officer”—the latter a charge that can be leveled, for instance, against those who try to twist out of the way when an officer is hitting them.) I have seen one protestor at Union Square arrested, by four officers using considerable force, for sitting on the ground to pet a dog; another, for wrapping a blanket around herself (neither were given warnings; but both behaviors were considered too close to “camping”); a third, an ex-Marine, for using obscene language on the Federal steps.

Others were reportedly arrested on those same steps for singing a satirical version of the “Officer Krumpke” song from West Side Story. Almost no march goes by without one or two protestors, at least, being hurled against vehicles or have their heads bashed against the ground while being arrested for straying off the sidewalk. The message here is clear. Law has nothing to do with it. Anyone who engages in Occupy Wall Street-related activity should know they can be arrested, for virtually any reason, at any time.

Arrests Exceed 7,000 as the Occupy’s Movement’s Spring Plans Unfold Across the Nation: here.

May Day: From the Haymarket Massacre to the Occupy Movement: here.

What Occupiers Learned From Obama – and What He Should Learn From Them: here.

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    To City of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx; Charlotte City Council; Mecklenburg County Commissioners

    CC: Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz; President Barack Obama; CEO of Democratic National Convention Steve Kerrigan; the entire Democratic National Convention Committee; Secret Service; NC Governor Beverly Perdue; NC Attorney General Roy Cooper; US Attorney General Eric Holder

    In September 2012, the Democratic National Convention will take place in Charlotte, N.C. Charlotte is home to the second largest concentration of finance capital in the United States, most prominently international headquarters of Bank of America and Wells Fargo’s eastern headquarters. Their role in the recent worldwide economic crisis is well known. During the September 2012 Convention, many people will want to exercise their constitutional right to protest and voice their opposition to the role of banks and corporations on our political process and to raise a real Peoples Agenda for jobs, justice and equality.

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    Immediately repeal any ordinances that will likely result in civil liberties violations, including but not limited to, authorizing police to search backpacks or coolers, a prohibition on public camping, expanded police power to profile or target any person who might be considered to be a protestor or “out of place,” giving them carte blanche to search, detain and/or arrest that person, and
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    George Friday, Chair, North Carolina Green Party
    John Heuer, Chair of North Carolina Peace Action* and Vice President of the Eisenhower chapter of Veterans for Peace
    Corine Mack, Southern Piedmont Central Labor Council and Charlotte NAACP branch Community Outreach organizer
    Andy Koch, NC Defend Education Coalition
    Minister Tyrone Logan, Lloyd Presbyterian Church, Winston Salem, NC
    Donna Dewitt, President of South Carolina AFL-CIO
    Genaro Lopez, Director, Southwest Workers Union, San Antonio, TX
    Jaribu Hill, Director, Mississippi Workers Center, Southern Human Rights Organizers Network
    Ramsey Clark, Human Rights attorney, former US Attorney General, awarded UN Peace Prize
    Rev. CD Witherspoon, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Baltimore
    Efia Nwangaza, Malcolm X Center for Self-Determination, Greenville, SC
    Armando Robles, President UE Local 1110, Chicago, IL
    Leah Bolger, Veterans For Peace President and Mike Reid, VFP Executive Director
    John Long, Amalgamated Transit Union, Norfolk, VA
    Sara Flounders, International Action Center
    Teresa Gutierrez, co-coordinator of the May 1 Coalition for Workers and Immigrants Rights*
    Leslie Feinberg, co-founder, Rainbow Solidarity for the Cuban Five, Syracuse, NY
    Dave Welsh, Delegate, San Francisco Labor Council
    Jerry Goldberg, Attorney, Moratorium Now! Coalition, Detroit, MI
    Bryan Pfeifer, Wisconsin Bail Out the People Movement
    Pam Africa, International Concerned Friends and Family of Mumia Abu-Jamal, Philadelphia, PA
    Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK
    Peter Shell, Pittsburgh Thomas Merton Center Antiwar Committee and UNAC
    Joe Iosbaker, Coalition Against NATO/G8 War and Poverty Agenda and UNAC
    Ralph Poynter, Lynne Stewart Defense Committee and New Abolitionist Movement,* New York
    Mark C. Johnson, Executive Director of Fellowship of Reconciliation
    Minnie Bruce-Pratt, LGBT + activist and author
    Nicholas Camerota, Professor of Philosophy, Springfield Technical Community College, Springfield, Massachusetts*
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    Al-Awda, Charlotte
    Alliance for Global Justice
    Anti-War Committee, Minnesota
    Atlanta International Action Center
    Bail Out People Movement
    Center for Constitutional Rights
    Charlotte Action Center for Justice
    Citizens for Legitimate Government
    Committee to Stop FBI Repression
    Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality, Richmond, VA
    Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO
    Freedom Road Socialist Organization
    Freedom Socialist Party
    Herman@s Orgullosos en Las Americas (HOLA), Asheville, NC
    International Action Center
    International Socialist Organization, Charlotte NC Branch
    Jill Stein for President Campaign
    Leonard Peltier Defense Offense Committee, North Dakota
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    Michigan Emergency Council Against War and Injustice
    Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Committee (MIRAc)
    Moratorium Now! Coalition, Detroit
    MortgageFraud in North Carolina
    MOVE Organization, Philadelphia, PA
    Movimento per la società di giustizia
    NC Triad Jobs with Justice
    Occupy 4 Jobs Network
    Occupy Atlanta
    Occupy Charlotte
    Occupy Democratic Convention
    Occupy Durham
    Occupy NCSU
    Occupy Winston-Salem
    People of Faith CT
    People Not Profit, Cincinnati, OH
    People’s Coalition of the Carolinas
    Queer Liberation Front
    Radical Women
    Raleigh-Durham Fight Imperialism Stand Together (FIST)
    Revolutionary Students Union, Utah
    Socialists of Greater Tampa Bay
    Southern Chrisitan Leadership Conference, Baltimore City Chapter
    Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), UNC Asheville
    Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), UNC Chapel Hill
    Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), NCSU
    United 4 the Dream
    United for Peace and Justice
    United National Antiwar Coalition
    United Steel Workers Local 8751, Boston School Bus Union
    Veterans for Peace
    Wayside Center for Popular Education, Faber, VA
    Winthrop Socialist Student Union, Winthrop State University, Rock Hill, SC
    Workers World Party
    Wisconsin Bail Out People Movement

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