Evidently, the Portland Department has never heard of the First Amendment — they routinely violate the Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Assembly when they insist protesters get “permission” to protest. Asking those you’re protesting for permission to protest them is beyond ludicrous and insulting, and it is a testament to the courage of Occupy that they don’t submit to such arbitrary, capricious and unconstitutional demands. Of course, this doesn’t make the 1% (or the cops who serve them) very happy.
Here’s the story:
The march started around 1 p.m. at Holladay Park in Portland’s Lloyd District as a protest against excessive debt, and cuts to education, healthcare and social services.
Protesters told KGW that police sprayed a group of about 24 people during a march in Northeast Portland. The handful of people hit stopped to wash the pepper spray off while around 200 other marchers continued down Northeast Halsey Street. Police confirmed they used pepper spray after they said demonstrators used wooden shields to directly confront them. They have made one arrest.
Occupy Portland continues to be active and promote events like the Anti-austerity Day of Action aimed at combating cuts to crucial social services and education. To raise awareness of the continuing Occupy movement, Occupy Portland is soliciting donations to create an advertising campaign on Portland city buses. Here are some of the poster designs submitted; you can vote for the ones you like best on the comments page.
Remember Anthony Bologna? That’s right, the spray-happy cop from New York whose attack on protesters gave himself notoriety and the burgeoning Occupy movement a surge of public support.
He seemed to get away with it — no disciplinary action was taken. But now, he’s being sued by protesters for excessive force and New York City doesn’t want to let him use their lawyers. Looks like poor old Tony Baloney is on his own.
NEW YORK — New York City’s top cop is upset that the city’s legal department isn’t defending a police inspector who doused a group of women with pepper spray during the Occupy Wall Street protests. Chief city lawyer Michael Cardozo says NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna violated agency rules when he used the spray on a group of demonstrators waiting on the sidewalk.
As a result, Bologna is paying for his own defense in a civil lawsuit filed by the women, and might have to pay damages out of his own pocket.
But Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said Friday that the city’s stance could have a “chilling effect” on police officers. He told reporters it might make some officers hesitate to “engage.”
Well, if “engage” is anything like “abuse Americans exercising their rights”, then we can all agree a little hesitation is good thing.
My bologna has a first name, it’s “S-P-R-A-Y”
Video Update: NYPD arrest, abuse peaceful protesters
The NYPD and Mayor Bloomberg have not succeeded in shutting down Occupy Wall Street yet. In fact, on a Wednesday afternoon, around 200 protesters gathered in order to celebrate the birthday of folk singer-songwriter Woodie Guthrie, well known for his working class and pro-union sympathies. Though the exact circumstances are unclear, arrests and confrontations occurred both because protesters gave food to the homeless and because the police declared the sidewalk off-limits.
The Associated Press reports one such incident:
One protester was injured in a scuffle between Occupy protesters and police officers at New York City’s Zuccotti Park during a rally marking the 100th birthday of the late folk singer-songwriter Woody Guthrie.
About 200 protesters spilled into the street Wednesday afternoon at the edge of the park. Police officers began pushing protesters back onto the sidewalk. One woman fell down and was later taken away in an ambulance. The protesters had ended a six-day march from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.
During the so-called Occupy Guitarmy rally, protesters sang Guthrie’s song “This Land Is Your Land” and gave speeches.
Image: protesters face police in Zucotti Park
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