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[VIDEO] Two Officers Suspended After UC David Pepper-Spraying Incident

Friday Nov. 18th at 4:54 PM officers were caught on video pepper-spraying the peaceful protesters on UC Davis‘ campus after they refused to get out of the way for police.

Shortly after this video was releases, many people from all over had come together to speak out on behalf of the students and against the police who were shown implementing the pepper spray in this video. UC Davis and Chancellor had received negative feedback over this incident and decided they must take action.

In a statement, school Chancellor Linda Katehi announced that the officers were on administrative leave. She also said that she accepted ‘full responsibility’ for Friday’s incident.

Unfortunately, many people had hoped that this announcement would include her resignation, which it did not.

Witnesses watched in horror as police moved in on more than a dozen tents erected in the campus quad drenching demonstrators with the burning yellow spray and arresting 10 people, nine of them students.

Although UC Davis had not named the officers, one of them has been identified locally as Lt John Pike.

In the latest statement Ms Katehi said:  ‘I spoke with students this weekend, and I feel their outrage. ‘I have also heard from an overwhelming number of students, faculty, staff and alumni from around the country.

‘I am deeply saddened that this happened on our campus, and as chancellor, I take full responsibility for the incident.

Holding firm: Linda Katehi, the chancellor of the University of California, Davis on Saturday afternoon called video images of an officer calmly pepper-spraying a line of student protesters a day earlier 'chilling' but said she would not step down.Mea Culpa: Linda Katehi, the chancellor of the University of California, Davis on Sunday accepted full responsibility but did not step down

But despite widespread calls for her resignation, the chancellor still refused to budge.

The statement continued: ‘I pledge to take the actions needed to ensure that this does not happen again.’

‘I feel very sorry for the harm our students were subjected to and I vow to work tirelessly to make the campus a more welcoming and safe place.’

Katehi said the investigation into the events surrounding the arrests, including communications from the police to the administration had been accelerated with a deadline of 30 days for the task force to issue its report.

The students were showing their support of Occupy Wall Street which has gained recognition all around the world. Their right to protest peacefully was threatened when police took advantage of their strength in being determined to sit there and stand up for what they believed in.

The moving protest 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 November 9.

The school faculty association had demanded the chancellor’s resignation, saying that her authorisation of police force represented ‘a gross failure of leadership’. 

A statement released by the Davis faculty board said: ‘Given the recent use of excessive force by police against ‘occupy’ protestors at UC Berkeley and elsewhere, the Chancellor must have anticipated that, by authorizing police action, she was effectively authorizing their use of excessive force against peaceful UCD student protestors.

This seems like a rather strong statement. Why would you need police to be prevalent at a unified peaceful protest on your campus? The students were doing nothing wrong and sitting quietly to show they supported their peers at other campuses that had endured the negativity of the police.

Sadly, the pepper spraying incident just adds fuel to the fire and proves that these students are out here for the right reason. They have the right to make their complaints known to those in charge and not persecuted for voicing them. It is wrong for the police to use such brutality when nothing is being done. other than the refusal to move from where they were protesting.

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[VIDEO] Retired Police Captain Joins Occupy Movement And Is Arrested

Former Philadelphia police captain Ray Lewis was arrested during the Occupy protests in full uniform. Lewis was fed up with the way his former co-workers were handling the protesters and felt that what they were fighting for was justified. Unfortunately, he, like the protesters, were not viewed in a great light by the police and they decided to take action against their former Captain.

The ex-cop was taking part in the demonstrations in New York when he was detained by fellow officers who put toughened plastic bands around his wrists and shoved him to the floor.

Startling footage posted on YouTube shows his uniform blending in with a dozen other officers – before they grab him and haul him away.

It’s really nice to see people from a different point of view who still agree with the issues at hand. This man didn’t approve of the way that New York was handling the Wall Street Protests and brought a sign to share his disgust with the police’s actions towards these people. He makes very obvious points about why our bickering about dirty parks and traffic due to the amount of people gathering, is utterly ridiculous.

‘They complained about the park being dirty,’ he said.

‘Here they are worrying about dirty parks when people are starving to death, where people are freezing, where people are sleeping in subways and they’re concerned about a dirty park.

‘That’s obnoxious, it’s arrogant, it’s ignorant, it’s disgusting.’

Lewis was just one of the 300 hundred people who were arrested on November 17th, the ‘Day of Action’. The reason for this particular protest was because people didn’t agree with the way New York mayor Michael Bloomberg was handling the situation.

Mr Lewis lambasted his fellow officers as being ‘workers for the 1 per cent and they don’t even realise it’, a reference to what the protesters claim are the few who run the U.S.

He also attacked the harsh tactics of the NYPD as unacceptable and said that they had to end.

Speaking after the Day of Action, he said: ‘You should, by law, only use force to protect someone’s life or to protect them from being bodily injured.

‘If you’re not protecting somebody’s life or protecting them from bodily injury, there’s no need to use force. 

‘And the number one thing that they always have in their favor that they seldom use is negotiation – continue to talk, and talk and talk to people. 

‘You have nothing to lose by that. This bullrush – what happened last night is totally uncalled for when they did not use negotiation long enough.’

 

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Best Barstool Article Today! 10-Year-Old Mother: Mexico’s Marketing Scheme

DMA Mexican girl has become a mother at the age of just 10, according to reports. The youngster arrived at a hospital in the city of Puebla, suffering from life-threatening complications in her 31-week pregnancy, including seizures. She gave birth by Caesarean section to a boy weighing 3.3lb at the Women’s Hospital in the city, 60 miles south-east of Mexico City. Her premature son is now said to be in intensive care following a bout of pneumonia, but officials said his young mother visits the baby every day to breastfeed, according to the New York Daily News. The paper said the hospital revealed the baby boy is in a good condition considering his premature birth and the mother is recovering well after first coming to the centre on October 22. However, hospital director Rogelio Gonzalez told UpFrontNewswire that the birth had been reported to the state’s Attorney General’s Office, which is investigating whether the girl could have been raped and who the father is. Mexican state laws prevent young mothers having abortions unless they can prove they were the victim of sexual assault. The legal age of consent is 12 and women who have abortions in Puebla face a fine or prison sentence if they are unable to prove they were sexually abused. However, the laws are currently under review.

Barstool’s commentary by maurice:

How you gotta breastfeed me mom you ain’t got no tits! The legal age to consent is 12? TWELVE? Mexico you sneaky bastards.

I thought you already had it all figured out with the rampant drugs and easy access to guns and policia who can be paid off for 20 pesos and churro, but now you’re going public with your pregnant 10 year olds? I know what you’re up to and I ain’t havin it. Creating international stories of sexually-active 10 year-olds trying to attract the best of the best pedophile football minds down to your stupid country. I know you’re hungry to get in the American Football business but shit like this just ain’t gonna fly.

Our child-raping coaches won’t necessarily just be into your children just because they’re young. Americans — no matter how rape-y — hold high standards. Our coaches aren’t just gonna bang any dirty brown preteen with a crustache. You better make sure those kids are supple, clean, and have basic English skills. Otherwise this 4th grader pregnancy marketing scheme will absolutely blow up in your face.

This has got to be one of the most hilarious articles I have read in a while. Yes, it is most definitely wrong. But it’s also fucking amazing. While I sometimes wish I could write in a much more sarcastic tone, I also feel I would alienate some audiences. And to be totally honest, I haven’t gained a worthy enough following to pull shit like that.

Until then, these guys are where you go to get your crude, sarcastic, fucked up responses to what’s happening in the World from the bullshit to the bull that created the shit.

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Thursday 4Play!

Hey everyone! It’s that time again for Thursday 4Play! This weeks category is ‘political’. I feel I shouldn’t be so opinionated to only post images that I agree with, so here are a few funny political images that are not necessarily my point of view:

Okay, you know what, I’m sorry, but I had to comment on this photograph. Mother fucker is an idiot and I most definitely love-making fun of his mistakes. Obviously, I love this quote; not because it’s great but because it shows that you can be an ignorant piece of shit running the United States of America only because of who you’re related to and still gain respect. Congrats on being a dip shit and still making half of America (the dumb, uneducated half) love you!…Mr. President.

Fact. Moving on.

Okay, so fuck it, I am going to be opinionated. He doesn’t just make himself out to be an ignorant asshole, he also scares children. Take note.

If you still don’t get it, I’m highly disappointed. They are both FULL OF SHIT.

Okay, so I fucking lied. I tried to be open-minded but I just couldn’t handle it. The other shit that was supposed to be funny and insult democrats was either unable to understand intellectually or just plain fucking stupid. My photos were so much better and I felt they deserved to be shared. If you dislike, let me know. But honestly, I don’t really give a shit.
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[VIDEO] Occupy Cal Berkeley 11/9/11

Many students at Cal State University Berkeley were protesting and faced some brutality coming from the police which was, in my opinion, uncalled for. The administration on campus had said it would not tolerate these protests which led to the police even being involved in the first place. Having a campus like Berkeley not allow its students to protest in regards to issues they feel strongly about seems rather unethical.

The encampment, approved in a nearly unanimous general assembly vote by the protest’s participants, was formed to show solidarity with the national Occupy movement but focused on the increased privatization of the UC system, according to Amanda Armstrong, a UC Berkeley head steward for UAW Local 2865 — a union representing graduate student instructors — and organizer of the event.

This movement is not going to just end because the police are acting defensively, in fact, this is giving those protesters ammunition to keep fighting for their right and freedoms as citizens of the United States Of America. We live her and appreciate our freedoms, but we also have the right to speak up and have our voices heard when we don’t agree with the economical and political decisions being made by those in charge.

Sadly there were arrests in Berkeley, but this doesn’t come as a shock. Hopefully fewer people are hurt and more changes are made so we stop seeing our peers being jailed and injured because they want change in our country.

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Occupy Wall Street Infographic That Charts The Beginnings Of The Movement

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[VIDEO] ‘Occupy Wall Street Anthem’: A video of images paired with a wonderful song

This video was sent to me by someone who felt strongly about me posting this on my site. I must agree that it has some very compelling images that show some of the truths of people who are struggling during this time of trying to make a change.

Allison Gray, the singer-songwriter, who can be heard in this video. She is also very involved in the Occupy LA protests and decided to compile a bunch of images from Occupy NY, LA and her home town of Seattle, because she felt inclined to try and capture the intensity of what the 99% are out there doing.

Enjoy!

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Funny Signs For Occupy Wall Street

Here are some of the wonderful signs that were made by Occupy Wall Street Protesters.

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[VIDEO] Marine Veteran Wounded With Rubber Bullet During The Raid On Occupy Oakland

The police decided (were told they had to remove the protesters) to go up against the brave men and women who were Occupying Oakland last night October 25th, 2011. They used tear gas and rubber bullets to clear the tent city that was full of Americans protesting Capitalism and the control that corporations have on all of us.

Officers had cleared the site of Occupy Wall Street demonstrators around 12 hours earlier in a dawn raid where at least 85 people were arrested.

Police gave repeated warnings to demonstrators to disperse from the entrance to Frank Ogawa Plaza in the Californian city before firing tear gas canisters into the crowd at 7:45pm on Tuesday evening.

While they were doing their job, their job is being controlled by the people these very citizens are protesting. The more you remove them and fight their peaceful protest, the more you are implying that what these people are doing is right. Hundreds, thousands, hell, millions, have come together to make a change to our government because the current system in place is not working. Many of us are suffering, unemployed, in debt, and unable to fix our problems while the 1% gains currency that is unimaginable to most American citizens.

Marine Veteran Scott Olsen, a Veterans for Peace member is the gentleman who is seen in the video bleeding from the head after being hit with a non-lethal bullet. This man was employed by and fought for this country, but is now being attacked by the men and women who he devoted his life for. He is dealing with a war in his own country and HE is seen as the enemy.

Instead of throwing tear gas or rubber bullets at the police dressed head to toe in riot gear, the protesters were armed with paint. The paint was thrown on officers to show their resistance to leaving the are that they had occupied in the hopes of protesting peacefully.

The number of protesters diminished with each round of tear gas. Police estimated that there were roughly 1,000 demonstrators at the first clash following the march. 

About 200 remained after the final conflict around 11:15pm on Tuesday night – mostly young adults, some riding bicycles, protecting themselves from the noxious fumes with bandanas and scarves wrapped around their faces.

‘This movement is more than just the people versus the police,’ Mario Fernandez said on Tuesday night. ‘It’s about the people trying to have their rights to basic services. This crowd isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.’

City officials said that two officers were injured. At least five protesters were arrested and several others injured in the evening clashes. But city officials said 97 people were arrested in the Tuesday morning raid on the camp.

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[VIDEO] Celebrity Remake Of MC Hammer’s ’2 Legit 2 Quit’ Video Endorsing Ed Lee For Mayor Of San Francisco

Ed Lee is a lucky man who has gained the attention of many influential people who have put together quite an amazing video endorsing Mr. Lee for Mayor of San Francisco, CA. Some of the people who are seen in the above video include: MC hammer, Will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas, a Google senior executive, a YouTube director and one of the founders of Twitter. In the age of technology and social media, this is a great promotional tool, especially for the younger generations.

The advert, which is not sponsored by the mayor, tells voters to ‘Fear the Moustache’. It’s a play on ‘Fear the Beard’, the slogan of San Francisco Giants pitcher Brian Wilson, who also features.

Aaron McLear is the man behind the video and a San Franciscan who is a part of the Jobs and Good Government group. McLear told the San Francisco Chronicle that ‘It’s an endorsement – but it’s a totally innovative way to do it.’

The independent group is led by Silicon Valley investor Ron Conway, and the video also features former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, Marissa Mayer of Google and YouTube’s Hunter Walk.

The endorsement has come because the technology industry wants to remind voters that Mayor Lee has backed their growth and job creation in San Francisco, Mr McLear said.

He added that voters are more likely to be reached by this sort of YouTube viral advertisement, rather than through the post or on television.

In addition, the video cost the group just $18,000 to make – compared to a television advert that might cost around $200,000 a week to air – because all the stars involved did it for free.

It is awesome to see celebrities and political advocates coming together and supporting someone they believe in, not for the money, but because they truly want to stand and promote who they have believe will do the job the way they feel it should be done. This was not only smart and inventive, but I believe this will help to boost Mr. Ed Lee’s following significantly.

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