May 22, 2013
Oakland Cops Press Assault on Protesters Through the Night
Posted on Oct 26, 2011
Oakland police repeatedly fired tear gas and what appeared to be flash-bang grenades at Occupy Oakland protesters trying to retake their camp Tuesday night. Police deny using flash-bangs, accusing protesters of throwing fireworks. However, local news footage contradicts that claim.
The camp at Oakland’s City Hall was dispersed before dawn Tuesday during another police assault. Protesters have refused to abandon the site altogether, despite the cop crackdown, which continued into the early hours of Wednesday morning.
A reporter for local station KTVU said the police actions “hit a lot of people pretty hard,” including a woman he saw who was “very seriously injured. She was on the ground and bleeding profusely.”
In the footage below, protesters carry a person they say was shot by police, presumably with a tear gas canister or rubber bullet, although this is Oakland we’re talking about and it wouldn’t be the first time the police shot someone.
New York, Boston, Oakland—police violence has accompanied these protests from the beginning, but an assault of this order may set a dangerous new standard. —PZS
Update: Scroll down past the excerpt below to watch a “Democracy Now!” report on the clash in Oakland.
More video of police firing on protesters here.
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