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INDIA/SOUTH ASIA-Xinhua 'Roundup': Concerns Rise About Excessive Use of Police Force in Dealing With Occupy Protesters

Released on 2012-03-02 01:00 GMT

Email-ID 1495374
Date 2011-11-04 11:39:53
Xinhua 'Roundup': Concerns Rise About Excessive Use of Police Force in
Dealing With Occupy Protesters
Xinhua "Roundup": "Concerns Rise About Excessive Use of Police Force in
Dealing With Occupy Protesters" - Xinhua
Thursday November 3, 2011 21:09:48 GMT
TAMPA, the United States, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- The peace that existed
between U.S. law enforcement authorities and the Occupy movement is now
over as police in many U.S. cities broke into violent clashes with
peaceful protesters, leading to concerns about the excessive use of police

About 30 people were arrested Thursday in Oakland, California, as police
in riot gear fired tear gas and flashed grenades to clear a downtown
street, where supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement gathered.As
many as 70 demonstrators have been arrested so far in Oakland since police
first began using tear gas and beanbag grenades last Tuesday in an empty
building commandeered by demonstrators. About 40 people were subsequently
arrested on various charges.The latest arrests were made after Occupy
Oakland protesters called for a day of general strikes and attempted
barricade of the Port of Oakland on Wednesday, both were intended to be
non-violent.Scott Olsen, a 24 year-old former U.S. Marine who had served
in Afghanistan, has now become a symbol of the Occupy protesters' cause
after he was wounded in the head from a police projectile in Oakland on
October 25.Now recovering from his head wound, Olsen has seen Occupy Wall
Street protesters, and other Occupy demonstrators making the phrase "We
are all Scott Olsen" a mantra to be chanted, as well as a slogan to be put
on protest signs.As criticism arose from these clashes, Howard Jordan,
chief of Oakland Police Department for Interim Police, issued a statement
last Friday assuring the publi c that all allegations of misconduct and
excessive use of force are being thoroughly investigated.The Occupy
protesters have modeled themselves after the late Indian religious,
social, and political leader Mohandas K. Gandhi, who led nationwide
non-violent movement against the British rulers in the first half of the
20th century.Despite this, in less than a month, clashes between police
and demonstrators have occurred in not only Oakland, but also Nashville,
Tennessee; Portland, Oregon, and Atlanta, Georgia.In California's state
capital, Sacramento, Cindy Sheehan, a noted anti-war dissenter, and 20
other protesters were detained in mid-October for not leaving a city park,
according to the Sacramento Police Department."(Sacramento) Mayor (Kevin)
Johnson understands the frustrations expressed by Occupy Sacramento and
respects the group 's commitment to political change through peaceful
demonstration and the democratic process," Joaquin McPeek, spokesman for
the Mayor , told Xinhua.Nonetheless, "the City has a duty to maintain a
safe and healthy environment in its parks. The Mayor is not in favor of
allowing certain, special groups to make exceptions to City ordinances,"
McPeek added.Over two dozen protesters have been arrested in Nashville,
Tennessee, where they took over the city's Legislative Plazaare. Now,
protesters are defying a 10pm-6am curfew, after a local judge said they
should not be legally jailed after being arrested.Elli Whiteway,
spokesperson for Occupy Nashville, revealed Monday that the local chapter
of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a federal lawsuit
"alleging that the (previously made) arrests and new regulations were
violations of our First Amendment rights."About 30 Occupy protesters were
arrested in Portland, Oregon on Sunday after clashes with the local
police. Ten more demonstrators were arrested on Tuesday.Before they were
arrested, they chanted "the whole world is watching, the whole world is
watching," a slogan used in the Chicago demonstrations in 1968 when the
city hosted the Democratic National Convention. Blue-shirted,
white-helmeted police physically struck many demonstrators with clubs and
sticks and opening cans of tear gas to disseminate the protesters.In
Denver, Colorado, black-helmeted, clear-shield clad police officers used
on Sunday pepper spray and pepper balls on a crowd of Occupy
demonstrators, arresting 20 in total.Even Tampa, Florida, where
demonstrations have been comparatively mild, lost its status as the only
site with no arrests in previous weeks as police made 10 arrests."It can
be difficult for law enforcement to deal with civil protests, but officers
should be well trained and follow that training to manage and respect the
constitutionally respected rights of speech and assembly," said John
Dingfelder, an attorney for the ACLU Mid-Florida Regional Office in
Tampa.The U.S. Department of Justice (USDOJ) rec eives over 1,000
complaints of police conduct every year, said USDOJ spokesman Xochitl
Hinojosa, who refused to reveal the number of complaints regarding the
excessive use of police force on Occupy protesters."If anyone wishes to
contact us to report an incident, they can find our contact information on
our web site and we will respond in writing," Hinojosa added.(Description
of Source: Beijing Xinhua in English -- China's official news service for
English-language audiences (New China News Agency))

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