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(Top video) Mesa, Arizona · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: June 6, 2018 ~ Updated: June 20, 2018) -- Robert Johnson, 33, was repeatedly kicked and punched in the head during his arrest by Mesa police on May 23. Four Arizona police officers have been placed on administrative leave after newly released surveillance footage shows them repeatedly punching and kicking an unarmed man.

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Sacramento, California ~ ( Originally Published: May 29, 2018 ~ Updated: June 4, 2018) -- The Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, is one of the most prolific predators in U.S. history. He sometimes invaded different houses on consecutive nights. Deangelo sometimes returned to the same neighborhood so often that the people who lived there slept in shifts. He terrorized the suburbs of Sacramento. Later on, he continued his murderous crime spree, near Los Angeles, hundreds of miles to the south. (See: Full Hearing!)
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: May 23, 2018 ~ Updated: May 24, 2018) -- The video (Click here) shows an officer approaching Sterling Brown as he goes to get back into his car. The car was parked right in front of the Walgreens (the lot is essentially empty because it’s about 2 a.m.). Brown points out that he doesn’t see anything wrong with parking across two lanes since the lot is empty. The officer tells Brown to back away from him and calls for backup. When backup arrives, the officer (whose name was not released by MPD) says he “only wanted one [car for backup].” He claims that Brown got “right up in my face.” Several officers surround Brown. One angrily tells him to get his hand out of his pocket. When Brown points out that his hands are full, the officer wrenches Brown’s hand out, and a group of officers wrestle him to the ground and tase him. Brown can be heard groaning in anguish after an officer shouts “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

Parkland, FL {PUBLISHED: February 22, 2018 at 02:50 pm | UPDATED: February 23, 2018 at 02:45 pm} -- Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced Thursday that school resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson turned in his retirement papers. Scot retired after being told he would be placed on leave without pay. Peterson was on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week during the fatal school shooting.Peterson was armed and in uniform during the shooting. Israel said there was video showing Peterson's actions, but the video would not be released because the investigation is continuing. He said the video showed Peterson take up a position outside the building, but "he never went in."

New York, NY {PUBLISHED: March 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm | UPDATED: August 24, 2017 at 01:53 am} -- The New York health department alerted doctors to the case of a newborn who fell ill after undergoing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice in which the circumcision wound is cleaned by the Rabbi's mouth. The baby boy was rushed to hospital when he developed herpes following the controversial ancient circumcision ritual. A rash is said to have spread across the child’s genitals, buttocks, inner thighs and ankle two weeks after the procedure. An estimated 3,000 babies are circumcised each year using the method in New York City. NYC is home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel. There have been six cases of herpes among children who have had the ritual known as metzitzah b’peh performed on them since February 2015. Of the six previously undisclosed cases, two occurred last year and three in 2015. Herpes, a highly contagious viral disease which can cause blisters and ulcers. Herpes is more severe in newborn babies as their immune systems are not fully developed. Since 2000, there have been 24 cases of infant herpes linked to circumcision, leading to two deaths and two cases of brain damage.

(Published: Thurs., April 13, 2017) — On Monday, Nandi Cain Jr. had just gotten off work and was headed to his Sacramento apartment when he noticed an officer approaching from behind him with his hand on his gun, according to police accounts, videos of the event and local news reports. Cain put his hands up as the officer approached, but continued to walk away slowly. He asked the police officer the reason for the stop, then protested when he heard it: “You were jaywalking,” the officer said on the dash-cam video released by the police department this week. “I looked both ways,” Cain replied. “You’re harassing me. I just got off work. You’re trying to pull me over for nothing.” Click here for video

EL CENTRO, CA (WCJB) ~ United States The El Centro Police Department said it's investigating a video that shows officers using force on a suspect who put several people in danger Tuesday afternoon. The video shows officers beating 23-year-old Elizardo Saenz, an El Centro resident. It also shows a K-9 police dog attacking Saenz. (Click here for video)

Oakland, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- A sex scandal involving Oakland police officers and a then underage girl has all the makings of a TV thriller. The saga is full of twists and turns. The scandal erupted months after Officer Brendan O'Brien committed suicide. O'Brien left a note spilling the details, including names. Three Oakland officers were placed on paid leave. A source said O'Brien in his suicide note confessed to exchanging messages with a young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. However, the note says he did not have sexual contact with her. The same sources said she has met multiple officers. In the note, O'Brien named the officers, including one sergeant, involved in the alleged sexual misconduct with Guap. Guap is the daughter of a Oakland police dispatcher. The police investigation will look at whether Guap was under age during some of the encounters with officers. (Click here for video)

New Orleans, LA (WCJB) ~ United States -- On September 4, 2005, New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on an unarmed family, the Bartholomews, who had been walking to a grocery store and were then sheltering behind a concrete barrier. 17-year-old James Brissette—a family friend—was killed, and four other people were wounded. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to "provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting" and plant a firearm near the scene. (Click here for video)

Aiken, S.C. (WCJB) ~ United States -- A horrifying new dashcam video shows at least one white member of the Aiken, S.C. Police Department search inside a black man’s rectum for the apparent crime of being a passenger in a car with paper tags, which, it bears noting, is not a crime in the state of South Carolina. Driving a car with paper tags isn’t illegal either, as long as they aren’t expired. The car belonged to a woman named Lakeya Hicks, who had the paper tags because she had recently purchased the vehicle. Hicks’ tags weren’t expired, and a check on her license came up clean. However, the cops didn’t let her go. (Click here for video)

Brooklyn, NY (WCJB) ~ United States -- When an unmarked police car drove very close to mailman Glenn Grays in Brooklyn, Grays shouted at the car. Four plainclothes officers got out of the car and started to handcuff him. Grays initially tried to resist, and one of the officers said “Stop resisting! You’re going to get hurt if you don’t give me your fucking hands.” (Click here for video)

Fresno, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- (Warning Graphic Video) Fresno Police shoot and kill mentally ill man within seconds of exiting their patrol vehicle! (Click here for video)

Royal Oaks, MI (WCJB) ~ United States -- Another case of police brutality in the city of Royal Oak. The man doesn't resist at all! The reason for his arrest remains unknown. It appears as if the officers wanted to rip a limb off of him! (Click here for video)

San Francisco, CA (WCJB) ~ United States (Feb. 29, 2016) -- Cops CAUGHT ON CAMERA brutally beating man. When they realize they've been FILMED they try to confiscate the camera and ID the guy recording them. WATCH the video and see how well that went for them. SPREAD THE WORD! THIS IS HOW YOU RESPOND when a VIOLENT COP tries to take your camera! CALL Internal Affairs Division, 415-837-7170 and ask them why their officers BEAT people and then ILLEGALLY try to confiscate evidence of Police Brutality? (Click here for video)
Chowchilla, CA ~ United States -- Tyler Hormel, arrested by Madera County Sheriff''s Office on Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) and accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, has been fired from the Chowchilla Police Force, and charged with sexual misconduct. (Click here for video)
Marion County, Florida ~ United States -- A federal grand jury in Tampa has indicted a former Florida sheriff’s deputy on charges of violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black man, who was brutally beaten after surrendering to him and other officers following a brief chase last year, reports Reuters. Former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell, 33, is accused of using excessive force against Derrick Price during the incident in August 2014 that was captured on video, according to the indictment handed down late Tuesday. Four of Terrell’s former colleagues pleaded guilty to the charge after accepting a deal, according to media sources. (Click here for video)
Wake County, North Carolina ~ United States -- Shon Demetrius McClain died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck 13 days after prosecutors say he got into a fight with officer Markeith Council in Wake County, North Carolina.(Click here for video)
New York ~ United States -- Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building, part of the Louis H. Pink housing projects in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Jury selection in the case was completed last week. Gurley died more than 14 months ago, on November 20, 2014, as two cops were making a “vertical patrol,” checking the stairwells in the high-rise building. As Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner put it, opening the prosecution’s case, “Akai Gurley is dead today because he crossed paths with Peter Liang.” Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on manslaughter and other charges last February, and both prosecution and defense agree on the immediate events that led to Gurley’s death.(Click here for video)
Oklahoma City, OK ~ United States -- Daniel Holtzclaw has officially been sentenced for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in Oklahoma. Will serve the rest of his life behind bars. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison. Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted in December of 2015, on 18 of the 36 counts he had been facing — including four counts of first-degree rape. (Click here for video)

United States -- Police officers physically outmatched by a combative male, resort to taser use. (Click here for video)

Chicago, IL -- Surveillance video (Click here for video) in connection with a Chicago police officer's fatally shooting 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman was released today by attorneys for the teen's family. A federal judge ordered the release of footage showing the 2013 shooting today after the city withdrew its objection to its being made public. Chicago police officer Kevin Fry fatally shot Chatman Jan. 7, 2013, in broad daylight during a foot chase, according to court records. Chatman’s family had fought for the video to be released as part of a wrongful death lawsuit they filed over the shooting against the city, Fry and Chicago police officer Lou Toth, who pursued Chatman along with Fry during the foot chase. Family members have argued the video will counter the city and police’s narrative that the 17-year-old was a danger to police. IPRA concluded the officers' actions were justified because they reasonably believed Chatman was armed at the time.

Brooklyn, NY -- A newly-released surveillance video (Click here for video) contradicts an undercover NYPD police officer who arrested four people in Brooklyn for allegedly trying to rob him on Dec. 26, 2015, according to a defense lawyer. Jean Scott, 33; Peterson Duplan, 28; Ricardi Joseph, 29; and Samantha Dabel, 24, said that they were approached by a man who tried to buy drugs from them at a hardware store. The undercover cop was identified as Winston McDonald, who testified in court that Duplan allegedly flashed a switchblade at him outside of the store, and said, "Give me your money or I will stab you," according to court papers.

Forth Worth, TX -- The mother of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch was ordered released from a Tarrant County jail cell after a bond hearing this afternoon. She may be leaving the jail soon. Judge Wayne Salvant ordered her bond reduced to $75,000 with several conditions. The conditions include weekly visits with the Community Supervisions and Corrections Department of Tarrant County. She is also not to consume alcoholic beverages or use social media. “Let’s look at it for what it is, I understand everyone is concerned and there is outrage in the community… but as a judge I have to look at the law,” said Judge Salvant. Couch and her lawyers were present at a 2 p.m. bond hearing at the Tarrant County Justice Center hoping to have her bond reduced. It was originally set at $1 million since she was charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Felon. (Click here for video)

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Exactly one year after a man was shot and killed during an altercation with a Salt Lake City Police Department officer, a former Davis County Sheriff says new video (Click here for video)footage indicates the officer's actions may not have been justified. James Barker, 42, was shot and killed January 8, 2015 after officer Matthew Taylor responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person and an altercation ensued, during which Barker appeared to strike the officer with a snow shovel.

Philadelphia, PA ~ USA -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained a video (Click here for video) of the police shooting that took place Thursday night at 60th and Spruce streets. Edward Archer, a 30-year-old Delaware County man who has allegedly claimed an allegiance to ISIS, shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett at 11:41 p.m. last night, city police said. Stunningly, Hartnett can be seen in the video getting out of his patrol car and chasing down the shooter after being ambushed. Officials say Hartnett is in critical but stable condition.

Miami, FL ~ USA -- A Florida jury began weighing on Tuesday whether a man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered, lifeless body on Facebook committed first-degree murder. Attorneys for Derek Medina, 33, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he fired eight shots at Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence. The August 2013 shooting followed a fight in which she had threatened to leave, prosecutors said during closing statements. They argued that Medina retrieved a .380-caliber pistol from his bedroom and pulled the trigger repeatedly in a premeditated act of murder. "Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead," said Assistant State Attorney Leah Klein in Miami-Dade County circuit court. Medina wrote on Facebook shortly before turning himself in: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse so I did what I did," he added in the post. (Click here for video)

Montgomery County, Pa. -- Bill Cosby, the comedian and entertainer once known as “America’s dad”, appeared in court (Click here for video) to face his first criminal charge for sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for an incident in which he allegedly drugged and violated a woman who considered him to be her mentor. In a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, Judge Elizabeth McHugh read out the three second-degree felony charges of aggravated indecent assault. He did not appear visibly moved; when asked if he understood the charges, he replied simply: “Yes.” Bail was set at $1m, of which Cosby will have to pay 10% on Wednesday. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

San Diego, CA -- (WARNING, GRAPHIC) Police officials released surveillance video (Click here for video) Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of a homeless man who was believed to be carrying a knife — which turned out to be a pen.

Los Angeles, CA -- Sheriff Deputies accused Noel Aguilar of having a gun after they shot him in the back at point blank range multiple times. Deputy Albert Murade was shot in the stomach during the melee by his partner Deputy Jose Ruiz. (Click here for video)

GIFFORD, Fla. -- An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he was involved in a shootout with an armed suspect.(Click here for video)

Denton, TX ~ USA -- Police dash camera video (Click here for video) appears to show a 21-year-old UNT student say "shoot me" several times and an officer say "back away" at least six times just seconds before the student was fatally wounded.

Lynwood, CA ~ USA -- A witness's graphic video (Click here for video) appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood. It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured. In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.

Oklahoma City OK ~ USA -- A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts he faced, including four counts of first-degree rape, related to accusations that he victimized 13 women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, sobbed (Click here for video) as the verdict was read aloud. He could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury's recommendations, which include a 30-year sentence on each of the first-degree rape counts. Among the other charges he was convicted of were forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and second-degree rape. The jury, which deliberated for about 45 hours over four days, recommended he serve a total of 263 years in prison. The judge will decide later whether he will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The Chicago police, facing almost daily protests and a newly announced Justice Department investigation, released footage (Click here for video) Monday night showing a 38-year-old black man being shocked by a Taser and dragged down a hallway by officers in 2012.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The family of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson has ALWAYS said that he was brutally shot from behind by the Chicago Police. This new video (Click here for video) which was only released because of the public pressure on the city, shows they were right all along.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- Reports, released by the city late Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers claim that the 17-year-old McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video (Click here for video) of the October 2014 shooting shows McDonald walking away, and the scenario sketched out by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with murder contends he was walking away as well.

Miami, Fla. ~ USA -- A shocking video (Click here for video) captured by a bystander was recently uploaded to Instagram and sent to us this morning. That footage shows a Miami, Florida man being shot and killed by Miami Beach Police officers.

San Francisco, CA ~ USA -- Shocking San Francisco Police Shooting Video (Click here for video). Five officers unleash a hail of gunfire on a man with a knife.

Michigan ~ USA -- The family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by an Eaton County Sheriff Deputy sues after son slain during traffic stop for flashing brights. Bodycam video (Click here for video) shows Deven Guilford stopped for flashing his high beams. It ends with a dizzying tumble of images and the sound of gunshots that killed the young driver.

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“Another Nigger fried. No big deal.”

-- April 16, 2011, Statement by New York City Police Officer Michael Daragjati, boasting of his false arrest of another African-American male.

Occupied UC Pepper Spray!

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 09:10 AM PST

"We told the police to remove the tents or the equipment. We told them very specifically to do it peacefully, and if there were too many of them, not to do it, if the students were aggressive, not to do it. And then we told them we also do not want to have another Berkeley."

-- UC Davis Chancellor, Linda Katehi in a media interview in which she claims campus police officers defied her orders when they used pepper spray on peaceful Occupy protesters last week. (November 22, 2011).

Sacramento, CA -- Pepper spray is an inflammatory agent that derives its active ingredient from chili peppers. When the spray is deployed, it causes nearly instant inflammation, resulting in dilation of the capillaries in the eyes, paralysis of the larynx and a burning sensation on the skin. The spray the officers used ranked about halfway between the highest and lowest concentrations of the commercially available substance. Many students, lawmakers and even the university's chancellor have called the officers' actions a horrific example of unnecessary force. The UC Davis footage shows two officers spraying students with the chemical agent as the crowd cries out, then a slight delay before police start hauling off some of those seated while other protesters cough violently and try to crawl away. Nine UC Davis students hit by pepper spray were treated, two were taken to hospitals and later released, university officials said. Ten people were arrested.

UC President Mark G. Yudof said former Los Angeles Police Chief William J. Bratton will head a UC-sponsored investigation into the incident. Bratton is to lead an independent review and report his findings within a month. In a telephone interview from New York, Bratton said he hoped to meet Yudof's request for "an outside, independent investigation and try to ascertain exactly what happened." He said his experiences in Los Angeles, where he was police chief for seven years until 2009, provided "no shortage of controversial incidents."

The protest at UC Davis was held in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement and in solidarity with protesters at the University of California, Berkeley who were struck by police with batons on Nov. 9.

Posted: Tuesday, November 22, 2011, 11:04 AM PST

“I'm here to apologize" for the pepper spraying. I really feel horrible for what happened on Friday.”

-- UC Davis Chancellor, Linda Katehi at a "Occupy" rally (November 21, 2011).

(Pictured left: Occupy Cal Protest on the UC Berkeley Campus on November 15, 2011. ) Images of police dousing students with pepper spray at UC Davis and jabbing them with batons at UC Berkeley drew national condemnation and set off new protests Monday, as UC's president urged chancellors across the state to protect students' right to protest peacefully. The Council of University of California Faculty Associations condemned police actions against protesters at several campuses this week, according to a statement released Saturday. The council, an umbrella organization for the Faculty Associations at each university campus, said that excessive force has been used against non-violent protesters at the University of California at Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, California State University at Long Beach and UC Davis.

Protests over the past two weeks -- aligned with both the Occupy Wall Street movement and criticism of UC's escalating education costs -- have resulted in the arrest of more than 60 students statewide. As UC officials investigate Friday's pepper spraying of 11 students -- two of whom were treated at a hospital -- the campus police chief and two officers have been placed on leave. Harsh tactics also were used this month at UC Berkeley when police struck protesters with batons and dragged them by the hair to break up a tent city. On Nov. 9, police used batons to break up a circle of protesters surrounding another intended Occupy encampment in Sproul Plaza. Video of police repeatedly jabbing protesters in the chest and stomach with batons was also widely shared on the Internet, provoking outrage. Reaction to the UC police actions has been harsh across the country, including at Duke University, where students traditionally set up tents for weeks and camp outside for coveted basketball tickets.
“Student, faculty and staff protesters have been pepper-sprayed directly in the eyes and mouth, beaten and shoved by batons, dragged by the arms while handcuffed, and submitted to other forms of excessive force. Protesters have been hospitalized because of injuries inflicted during these incidents. The violence was unprovoked, disproportional and excessive.”

-- The Council of University of California Faculty Associations condemning UCPD (and mutual aid) police (and sheriff departments) brutal actions against students and protesters in a statement released Saturday, November 19, 2011.

UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau defended the police action in a subsequent letter to students and faculty, but said the incident would be investigated. “It is unfortunate that some protesters chose to obstruct the police by linking arms and forming a human chain to prevent the police from gaining access to the tents. This is not non-violent civil disobedience,” Birgeneau said in his letter.

Police force (pictured left, UC Berkeley Police Chief, Mitch Celeya, who oversaw the baton beating of Occupy protesters on the UC Berkeley Sproul Plaza and who has not been placed on leave) galvanized further protests at some UC campuses Monday and has been criticized in a range of forums such as "The Colbert Report" and Forbes. At a rally at UC Davis, Chancellor Linda Katehi took the stage and said, "I'm here to apologize" for the pepper spraying. "I really feel horrible for what happened on Friday." The pepper spraying of students, peacefully protesting, has led to calls across the UC system for UC Davis' chancellor to resign. A petition calling for her resignation had received more than 70,000 online signatures by Monday afternoon. By Monday, 5 p.m., students had returned to the UC Davis quad and began erecting a dozen tents to restore the Occupy encampment. Angry UC students in Berkeley, Los Angeles and Irvine promised to launch simultaneous encampments. Davis students also called for a general strike Monday to coincide with a UC regents meeting.

In a radio interview, Katehi said the officers "were not supposed to use force; it was never called for. They were not supposed to limit the students from having the rally, from congregating to express their anger and frustration." The recent incidents represent an escalation of police violence, said Norm Stamper, the police chief who oversaw Seattle's crackdown on protesters during the World Trade Organization protests in 1999. Since then he has acknowledged the mistake of that tough approach and decries what he calls "the militarization of police. It is all too easy to resort to weapons that ought not be used at all, or in last-resort situations. I find the decision to use chemical agents on campus very disturbing."

Posted: Monday, November 21, 2011, 03:12 PM PST

“The apparent absence of empathy from the police officer, applying a toxic chemical to humans as if they were garden pests, is shocking.”

-- The Washington Post’s Phil Kennicott (November 18, 2011).

Lt. John Pike (pictured left) has been identified as the U.C. Davis campus police officer who pepper-sprayed passive student protesters On Friday, November 18th. Pike peppered the students while the UC Davis students were taking part in an “Occupy” movement (An alleged anti-gay slur by Lt. Pike was figured in as the basis of discrimination lawsuit a former police officer filed against the department, which ended in a $240,000 settlement in 2008). The movement was in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement in NYC. On Sunday, UC President Mark Yudof said he was "appalled" by images of protesters being pepper-sprayed and plans an assessment of law enforcement procedures on all 10 campuses. On Monday (today) The University of California, Davis said that it has placed its police chief on administrative leave amid outrage over the widely circulated videos of officers Lt. Pike and another dousing pepper spray on student Occupy protesters.

UC Police Lt. John Pike, walking approximately 3-4 feet away from the seated row of young students, directs a very high volume application of pepper spray directly at the students faces as they remain seated on the pavement.

The incident reverberated well beyond the university, with condemnations of police from elected officials and from the wider public on Facebook and Twitter. UCD campus officials said it was necessary to place police Chief Annette Spicuzza on leave to restore trust and calm tensions following Friday's crackdown on the "Occupy UC Davis" encampment, which resulted in 10 arrests. The school has also placed the two officers on administrative leave. Meanwhile, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi said she asked the Yolo County District Attorney's Office to investigate the department's use of force. The UC Davis faculty association called for Katehi's resignation, saying in a Saturday letter there had been a "gross failure of leadership." Katehi has resisted calls for her to quit.

"On its face, this is an outrageous action for police to methodically pepper spray passive demonstrators who were exercising their right to peacefully protest at UC Davis," Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento, said in a statement Sunday. "Chancellor Katehi needs to immediately investigate, publicly explain how this could happen and ensure that those responsible are held accountable."

The protest Friday was held in support of the overall Occupy Wall Street movement and in solidarity with protesters at the University of California, Berkeley who were jabbed by police with batons on Nov. 9. Nine students hit by pepper spray were treated at the scene, two were taken to hospitals and later released, university officials said. Protesters from Occupy Sacramento planned to travel to nearby Davis on Monday for a noon rally in solidarity with the students, the group said in a statement.

Posted: Sunday, November 20, 2011, 02:10 PM PST

"I spoke with students this weekend and I feel their outrage. I am deeply saddened that this happened on our campus, and as chancellor, I take full responsibility for the incident."

-- UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi in a statement released Sunday, November 20, 2011, regarding UCPD's pepper spraying of peaceful student protesters.

California (WCJB) -- The University of California placed two of its police officers on administrative leave Sunday because of their involvement in the pepper spraying of passively sitting protesters. The school's chancellor accelerated an investigation into the incident amid calls for her resignation. Officials at the University of California, Davis refused to identify the two officers but one was a veteran of many years on the force and other "fairly new" to the department, the school's Police Chief Annette Spicuzza told media sources. She would not elaborate further because of the pending probe.

Spicuzza told the source that the second officer was identified during an intense review of several videos. She said the probe will be done by an independent investigator not yet selected. "We really wanted to be diligent in our research, and during our viewing of multiple videos we discovered the second officer," Spicuzza said. "This is the right thing to do." Both officers were trained in the use of pepper spray as department policy dictates, and both had been sprayed with it themselves during training, the chief noted.

Videos posted online of the incident Friday clearly shows one riot-gear clad officer dousing the line of protesters with spray as they sat in a line with their arms intertwined. Images of the pepper spraying sparked outrage among many.

Meanwhile, UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi (pictured left) said she has been inundated with reaction from alumni, students and faculty. "I spoke with students this weekend and I feel their outrage," Katehi said in a statement Sunday. On Saturday, the UC Davis faculty association called for Katehi's resignation, saying in a letter there had been a "gross failure of leadership." Katehi has resisted calls for her to quit.

The protest Friday was held in support of the overall Occupy Wall Street movement and in solidarity with protesters at the University of California, Berkeley who were jabbed by police with batons on Nov. 9. Nine students hit by pepper spray were treated at the scene, two were taken to hospitals and later released, university officials said. Ten people were arrested.

Meanwhile Sunday, police in San Francisco, about 80 miles south of Davis, arrested six anti-Wall Street protesters and cleared about 12 tents erected in front of the Federal Reserve Bank. San Francisco police Officer Albie Esparza protesters were arrested on charges of interfering with officers. Across the bay in Oakland, police made no arrests after protesters peacefully left a new encampment set up in defiance of city orders. Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson said about 20 tents were erected late Saturday after several hundred protesters tore down a chain-link fence surrounding a city-owned vacant lot and set up a new encampment on Telegraph Avenue.

Posted: Saturday, November 19 2011, 11:47 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, November 19 2011, 11:52 AM PST

"Today they proved that they're able to piss off the 99% by stopping them from getting home. In my opinion, this is their last gasp. With silly stunts like this, they've angered people they're supposed to represent."

-- November 17, 2011, Statement by New York City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens) referring to the Occupation Wall Street protesters occupation of lower Manhattan on Thursday (11/17/11).

A disturbing videotape has surfaced showing a police officer in riot gear heavily pepper-spraying a group of student protesters who were seated on the ground on the UC Davis campus. The demonstrators had been there to participate in the "Occupy UC Davis" campus on Friday . The video -- first released by television media sources - was shot by a witness and shows numerous observers watching in horror as a campus police officer douses the students in yellow mist. "Police came and brutalized them and tore their tents down and all that stuff. It was really scary. It felt like there was anarchy everywhere," student Hisham Alihbob told media sources.

Police told the TV station students had had until 3 p.m. on Friday to dismantle their tents from the university's quad. Some protesters took their tents down voluntarily while others stayed. The pepper spray incident appeared to take place on Friday afternoon, when campus police moved in to forcibly evict the protesters.
"Yesterday was not a day that would make anyone on our campus proud."

-- UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi in a public statement on November 19, 2011, regarding UCPD's use of pepper spray on Student Protesters.

University officials told other media sources that protesters had also received written warnings to remove their tents. As with many Occupy protests around the country, the demonstrators refused to cede to the cops' demands and defied officials' orders. A little more than an hour after the deadline, police arrived and were met with approximately 50 protesters who linked arms and surrounded their tent city, a university spokeswoman told the newspaper.

After a crowd of about 200 people gathered to watch the standoff, cops decided to pepper spray to keep the protesters at bay, the spokeswoman added. But from the video, which has gone viral, it doesn't appear that police were threatened at all. The protesters were sitting down on the ground with their heads bowed when a single cop raised a pepper spray can in the air and then walked down the line drenching them in it.

At least 10 demonstrators were arrested on Friday and 11 people were treated for injuries on campus. Two had to be taken to the hospital, media sources reported. UC Davis police could not immediately be reached for comment.

On Friday, the university's chancellor Linda Katehi released a statement saying the police had no option. "Following our requests, several of the group chose to dismantle their tents this afternoon and we are grateful for their actions. However a number of protesters refused our warning, offering us no option but to ask the police to assist in their removal. We are saddened to report that during this activity, 10 protesters were arrested and pepper spray was used. We will be reviewing the details of the incident," she wrote. She added the university lacked the resources to keep the protest site from becoming a public health hazard.

Katehi immediately came under criticism from members of her own faculty. "You are responsible for the police violence directed against students on the UC Davis quad on November 18, 2011," an assistant professor of English, Nathan Brown, wrote in an open letter to Katehi on Friday. "I am writing to hold you responsible and to demand your immediate resignation on these grounds," said Brown, who described himself as a faculty organizer who had supported the protests.

The demonstrations, which had been endorsed by a faculty association, included protests against tuition increases and what they viewed as police brutality on University of California campuses in response to recent protests. On Friday Katehi said she was "saddened" by the manner in which protesters were removed from the quad, and on Saturday announced a task force of faculty, students and staff to investigate the incident.

Occupy Wall Street!
Police Brutality !

November 17, 2011
"Go get a job, right after you take a bath."

-- GOP president contender Newt Gingrich said of the Occupy protesters at the Family Leader Thanksgiving forum in Des Moines.

Mayor Bloomberg
Declares Victory !

Posted: Thursday, November 17, 2011 - 11:33 AM EST
Updated: Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 12:57 PM PST

"Occupy Wall Street had predicted on their website that tens of thousands would be participating in today's protests, but there have been far fewer - and so far they have caused what can accurately be described as minimal disruptions to our city."

-- November 17, 2011, Statement by Mayor Bloomberg declaring victory over Occupation Wall Street protesters.

By Thursday night, thousands of occupy Wall Street protesters flooded lower Manhattan tying the Financial District in knots for hours. The protests began shortly after sunrise on the streets around the New York Stock Exchange, and continued into the early evening. The crowd burst into cheers when one protester - armed with a projector - beamed the message "99 Percent" onto the wall of a downtown courthouse. The protesters, still energized over their defeat at Zuccotti in a city courtroom, took to the streets by the hundreds Thursday morning in an effort to show that the movement's anti-greed message endured.

Two days after losing their two-month-old encampment at Zuccotti Park, on the day of demonstrations, [t]heir vow to get many more out in the streets fizzled, Mayor Bloomberg declared. "Occupy Wall Street had predicted on their website that tens of thousands would be participating in today's protests, but there have been far fewer - and so far they have caused what can accurately be described as minimal disruptions to our city," he crowed. "Today they proved that they're able to piss off the 99% by stopping them from getting home," said City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Queens). "In my opinion, this is their last gasp. With silly stunts like this, they've angered people they're supposed to represent."

Later in the day, several thousand union members and college students joined late day marches in Union, and then Foley squares. By the time marchers crossed the bridge into Brooklyn as night fell, there were nearly 300 protesters arrested - including a symbolic 99 busted on a bridge ramp hours after the protesters failed to delay the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

Among those arrested in the evening protest were City Councilman Jumaane Williams (D-Brooklyn), City Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito (D-Manhattan) and health care workers union president George Gresham. They all sported white T-shirts reading "99 Percent," and chanted "All day, all week, Occupy Wall Street" before police took them into custody. "The rich don't care about us," said James Frazier, 52, a union organizer. "There's no more middle class. I work, and I'm poor."

The NYPD maintained a massive police presence during the protests only adding enormous cost to New York City: An estimated $3 million a month on overtime. While there were minor skirmishes between police and protesters, no major battles erupted despite cheek-to-jowl proximity for most of the long day.

NYPD cops in riot gear seized control of Zuccotti Park after an officer's hand was badly gashed by a protester, setting off a ruckus inside the Occupy Wall Street outpost. Rookie cop Matthew Walters, 24, took 20 stitches to his left hand at Bellevue Medical Center after he was slashed with a star-shaped piece of glass taken from a protester's Captain America costume. The officer was one of seven wounded during the day, said NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly. Scores of cops already at the scene flooded the park after the incident.

The incident led to a tense lockdown of the park as cops searched for a suspect in the bloody assault. The fracas came shortly after the demonstrators ended their morning march aimed at cutting off access to Wall Street. No one was allowed in or out, and police were seen taking one protester, Brandon Watts, 20 - his face covered in blood - out of Zuccotti after the scary incident. Watts was treated at Bellevue Hospital before he was charged with assault and grand larceny.

Cops allege that Watts, of Philadelphia, Pa., climbed on a wall inside the park and beganwas tossing objects at police, including a AAA battery. Watts - who has been arrested four times since protests started in Sept. - then charged a group of officers, swiped a hat off a deputy inspector's head and ran off, police said.

Occupied Clashes!

Posted: 11/17/2011 03:15 PM PST

NYC/Zucccotti Park -- NY Police use force to evict protesters from Zuccotti Park

NEW YORK - Thousands of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators took to the streets around the U.S. on Thursday to mark two months since the movement's birth and signal they aren't ready to quit, despite the breakup of many of their encampments by police. At least 175 people were arrested in New York for blocking streets near the New York Stock Exchange, and one man was taken into custody for throwing liquid, possibly vinegar, into the faces of several police officers, authorities said. Police in Los Angeles arrested 23 people. Demonstrations were also planned or under way in such cities as Washington, St. Louis, Las Vegas and Portland, Ore.

The confrontations followed early-morning arrests in other cities. In Dallas, police evicted dozens of protesters near City Hall, citing health and safety reasons. Eighteen protesters were arrested. Two demonstrators were arrested and about 20 tents removed at the University of California, Berkeley. City officials and demonstrators were trying to decide what to do about an encampment in Philadelphia, where about 100 protesters were ordered on Wednesday to clear out immediately to make way for a long-planned $50 million plaza renovation at City Hall. At a protest Wednesday in San Francisco, activists swarmed into a Bank of America branch and tried to set up camp in the lobby. About 100 demonstrators rushed into the bank, chanting "money for schools and education, not for banks and corporations."

CHAPEL HILL -- The policy manual of the Chapel Hill Police Department says, when possible, officers should give verbal warnings before using force. Police gave no warnings before their raid on November 13th at a vacant car dealership in downtown Chapel Hill that had been overtaken by "anti-capitalist" demonstrators. A police tactical team rushed the building, armed with semi-automatic weapons, handcuffed about 13 people and arrested seven after a group of about 70 had entered the building Saturday night.

Chanting "All day, all week, shut down Wall Street," more than 1,000 demonstrators gathered near the NYSE and staged sit-ins at several intersections. Helmeted police broke up some of the clusters, but most of the crowd re-assembled in Zuccotti Park, where the encampment that served as the unofficial headquarters of the Occupy movement was broken up by police earlier this week.

"This is a critical moment for the movement given what happened the other night," said Paul Knick, a software engineer from Montclair, N.J., as he marched through the financial district. "It seems like there's a concerted effort to stop the movement, and I'm here to make sure that doesn't happen." Organizers in New York said protesters would fan out across Manhattan later in the day and head into the subways, then march over the Brooklyn Bridge. About 500 sympathizers, many of them union members, marched in downtown Los Angeles between the Bank of America tower and Wells Fargo Plaza, chanting, "Banks got bailed out, we got sold out."

In Albany, N.Y., about 250 protesters from Buffalo, Rochester and other encampments arrived by bus to join a demonstration in a downtown park. Police in Portland, Ore., closed a bridge in preparation for a march there and later detained more than a dozen people who sat down on the span. The street demonstrations marked two months since the Occupy movement sprang to life in New York on Sept. 17. They were planned well before police raided a number of encampments over the past few days, but were seen by some activists as a way to demonstrate their resolve in the wake of the crackdown.

Occupy Oakland!

Posted: 11/14/2011 03:33 PM PST

Oakland, California -- Thirty-two people were arrested early Monday as Oakland police and assisting agencies cleared the civic center Occupy encampment for the second time in less than a month, asserting that "absolutely no lodging" will be permitted moving forward. The operation resulted in no injuries, Oakland Interim Police Chief Howard Jordan said at a morning news briefing, with an exhausted Mayor Jean Quan by his side. Only nine of those arrested were from Oakland, he added.

The details emerged as downtown Oakland awoke to police helicopters, barricades and blocked streets in a reprise of the pre-dawn Oct. 25 raid that first disassembled the tent community in front of City Hall. The plaza was otherwise void of demonstrators by daylight. By 7:30 a.m., sagging tents with their poles removed dominated the former encampment as about 50 protesters peacefully faced off with police. "Judge Thelton Henderson is watching," said one woman's sign, in a reference to the U.S. District Court judge overseeing a federal consent judgment to stem abuses in the Oakland Police Department against citizens.

Meanwhile, protesters vowed to regroup at 4 p.m. for a general assembly at Oakland’s main library and said they would move to take back the plaza. “That goes without saying. They’re not going to be able to keep this clear,” said Lauren Smith, 29, of Concord, an Oakland native who has been supporting the movement. Like many, she said problems at the camp -- such as some violence and drug use -- plague the entire city and should not have been used as justification for a crackdown.

Occupy Cal!

Posted: 11/14/2011 01:50 PM PST

California -- UC Berkeley Police Chief Mitchell Celaya is reviewing video of last week's Occupy Cal protest to determine whether or not police used force unnecessarily or inappropriately. Celaya is also interviewing witnesses to check whether any officers should be disciplined for their actions dealing with protesters, according to media sources. In addition to the footage taken by media outlets, video showing police in riot gear hitting protesters with batons has been shared by witnesses and participants on the Internet, though websites like YouTube.

Posted: 11/10/2011 08:38:03 AM PST
Updated: 11/10/2011 03:00:02 PM PST

BERKELEY, CA -- About two dozen protesters remained early Thursday in front of UC Berkeley's Sproul Hall, the scene of scuffles Wednesday and overnight as police in riot gear tore down tents and arrested at least seven people who had established an Occupy Cal camp. "Stop beating students," the crowd chanted as officers subdued several people. "He's breaking my wrists," a man shouted before the police officer arresting him cut off his cries with a chokehold. This morning two tents, a handful of police and media remained, the only signs of the evening's confrontations.

The demonstrations, just 4½ miles up Telegraph Avenue from the Occupy Oakland encampment at Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, were on the site Mario Savio and other Free Speech Movement leaders used for their protests in the mid-1960s.

The Wednesday clashes were in stark contrast to peaceful speeches about protecting higher education from budget cuts and a short march that started the demonstration in front of Sproul Hall at noon. By 3:30 p.m., protesters linking arms were facing down lines of police officers as the Occupy group tried to protect a handful of tents that had been erected on a lawn in front of the building. After warning protesters that camping at the university is illegal, officers moved in and shoved demonstrators out of the way as they pushed toward the camp. Six UC Berkeley students and an associate professor were arrested; charges included resisting officers and failing to disperse.


Posted: 11/13/2011 04:38:03 PM PST

Deputy Inspector Pepper!

Posted: Wednesday, October 26th 2011, 12:08 PM

The NYPD police inspector who pepper sprayed a fenced-in Occupy Wall Street protester has received his punishment: a shorter commute. NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna (pictured above, center) was quietly transferred to Staten Island, where he lives. He is now reporting to borough command as a special projects coordinator, sources said. The job has a lower profile than his previous assignment in Manhattan South.

Bologna was docked 10 vacation days after multiple videos caught him on Sept. 24 pepper spraying a young female protester who was simply sitting on the street. Teacher's aide Kaylee Dedrick, 24, has since said she plans to press assault charges against Bologna and file a lawsuit against both him and NYPD.

A Wall Street protester writhes in pain after getting hit with pepper-spray.

Bologna later said he was actually aiming for some male demonstrators who were trying to grab the legs of cops holding up an orange containment net around the protesters. Bologna, 57, on the job for 29 years, decided not to fight the loss of the vacation time. If he had and lost, he would be solely liable in any pending litigation. Roy Richter, head of the Captain's Endowment Association, said that "Deputy Inspector Bologna is an experienced professional who will work hard to excel in any assignment the commissioner directs."

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