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Contrary to many reports, the LAPD abused the arrested protestors and caused excessive injuries last night in the Occupy LA raid. A word-for-word account from a dear friend who was among those arrested:
“The 292 who were arrested remained peaceful and nonviolent in the face of sincere attempts to brutalize and dehumanize. [The ziptie] cuffs were so tight that occupiers lost circulation and suffered excruciating pain. Occupiers on [at least one] bus were kept from around 3:00 am until daybreak without access to water, bathrooms or LAWYERS. A protestor suffered such a severe lack of circulation in her arms that she felt excruciating pain, followed by numbness, and then passed out. [Protestors on that bus] had to repeatedly ask the driver of the bus to get medical help, it took an estimated 25 minutes for LAPD to respond. When they did send in an officer he ordered other occupiers to carry her off the bus. She was semi-conscious when the officer insisted that she stand and walk off the bus. She clearly did not understand what was going on or where she was. The officer grabbed her by the arm and said, “Get up, you have to walk.” She still appeared confused, screamed in pain, and he pulled her down the stairs. She tripped and fell, and was only seen briefly after that. She appeared rattled and ill and hasn’t been seen since. All other women prisoners saw each other. This is all AFTER occupiers had been complaining about the tightness of the cuffs for hours. They begged the officer driving the bus to loosen the cuffs on an 80 year-old woman who was in pain so severe she could not sit or move. His response: “She should have kept her 80 year-old ass home then.” The occupiers already under arrest then used the people’s mic to remind the driver he would be held accountable. After about 45 minutes of arrested occupiers speaking out against his cruelty, the driver apologized, and agreed to tell his superiors of the unsafe conditions on the bus. The LAPD knew they were unsafe.”
The LA Times is reporting about the new crowd-control tactics used by the LAPD were remarkably efficient and peaceful in dispersing the protests. In fact, many protestors were arrested WHILE COMPLYING with the dispersal order. Furthermore, the jails that protestors were sent to were overbooked and understaffed, unable to handle the enormous influx of bookings. My friends who went to bail out those arrested were lied to and misled by multiple officers and jail staff members regarding the location (they were directed to jails at opposite ends of the city three times), the visitation rights (they were told visiting hours had been eliminated for the day due to overbooking), the bail status, the legal status & the arraignment of arrested protestors.
Please share and spread the word of the LAPD’s egregious violations and abuse of protestors’ rights and safety!
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