At Occupy UC Davis, the police attack upon peacefully sitting students is difficult to watch, but this two and a half minute video does starkly convey the kinds of police action ongoing...
Occupy UC Davis pepper spray *graphic* 11.18.11
If any that are associated with dissent are simply perceived as 'the enemy', what can an already brutal police action become?
A Seattle PI photographer captured Ms. Rainey moments after the police had pepper sprayed her, leaving her face coated with the powerful but non-lethal weapon. One glance at this work in the Seattle PI photo gallery explains why overnight it has come to define the effective war now being waged upon Occupy and its supporters, the war Ms. Rainey was courageously protesting against.
Within the last week, US police have swept through the vast majority of America's Occupy encampments, cities laying others under effective siege. The role of the US Department of Justice, and the Department of Homeland Security, are the subjects of considerable speculation.
It's increasingly obvious to all that the raids upon Occupy's encampments were pursued upon the basis of manufactured pretexts, with the genuine aim being to strike another blow against Occupy, against 'we, the people', while using 'public safety' as a sorry 'fig leaf' to do so.
If any need reminder of how much America's police care about the public's safety, I won't again mention the pepper spraying of 84 year old Dorli Rainey at Occupy Seattle, but will note that the pregnant woman pepper sprayed there was hospitalized, according to AP. In further vivid highlighting of the basis for growing outrage, the following three minute video documents Seattle police 'broadly' spraying chemical weapons into peaceful protesters...
Seattle Police Joke About Macing Occupy Seattle
Aptly describing the kinds of police conduct being seen nationwide, another excerpt from Reverend Lang's writing upon his own experience that day observed, "the only tool in their (the police's) bag is brutality and like a drunken raging father beating wife and kids, the police have increasingly disgraced themselves".
The meaning of 'public safety' in the US does seem to have taken on some decidedly 'Orwellian' connotations of late, as has the US police credo of 'to protect and serve'. The good news is that what our government and its police have become is now revealed, and revealed in a way that all but the blind can see it.
Copyright November 2011