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Why I made the t-shirt "If You Speak Out... They Will Come"

Constitution? Rights? Peaceful Protestor? Five heavily armed police officers attacked by unarmed man? Police-State?

There are too many reasons why I made this shirt design to count. Scroll down to see some of the the many reasons. I'll continue to update as I can with new accounts of police abuse and killings. New stories will be added at the bottom of the page. My efforts here are no where near a full accounting of police brutality in the US.

I made this shirt to graphically inform people about the levels of repression and brutality directed at people exercising their constitutional rights of free speech and assembly these days. Most people will not believe mere descriptions of police violence because on a societal level we have been raised to believe that the police are always the good guys. Most prime time television shows are police shows. Then there's Cops and other shows that glorify the police and celebrate their forceful nature. So, there's a little bit of double think going on here as well (police are nice vs. police use force so don't mess with them). Due to this near constant barrage of pro-police propaganda, police brutality just doesn't register with many people unless they actually witness it or see it on video.

I recommend people see the violent and totalitarian nature of modern police forces for themselves via photographs and video footage which leave no question that overwhelming and out of proportion force is being used on citizens in the US at protests and during drug raids, and on the streets of America every day. Go to the Indymedia websites to find such footage and photographs. The corporate media by and large is filled with lies and pro police propaganda. They never say "non-violent protestors" anymore, instead its always "violent protestors", even though its a lie most of the time.

Armies of Occupation in the Cities and Ghettos of the US
It must be mentioned first and foremost that the violence dished out by police in the US is felt disproportionately by minorities. In Minneapolis, where I live, there is a virtual apartheid approach to policing dubbed CODEFOR. This strategy results in unequal enforcement of laws: zealous enforcement in minority neighborhoods and much more lax enforcement elsewhere. Racial profiling is rampant.

Six years ago I lived in the Philips Neighborhood in Minneapolis, a CODEFOR neighborhood. I was sitting on my stoop one night and witnessed a shocking scene. A young black man was walking down the street minding his own business, when a squad car arrived and shined its spot light on him. Then it pulled up to him and a white officer exited the vehicle and told the black youth to get up against the car with his hands up. The youth asked what was the matter, why were they targeting him. He then complied. The officer didn't respond to his question, but proceeded to search him.

Then a white man in a plaid shirt exited the back seat of the cruiser. He stood there laughing while the officer patted the youth down. The officer was laughing with him, and then they let the youth go on his way making no explanation to him as to why he had been stopped. It became clear that this man in plaid was a ride-along, possibly a friend of the officer's, and the officer seemed to be showing him just how much power he had and how he could mess with the youth with impunity.

This kind of thing, and much worse happens all the time in the US. Take the Rodney King incident, and so many others. In November of 2000 in Minneapolis, Alfred Charles Sanders was unarmed in his car (boxed in on all sides by squad cars) when a hail of over thirty police bullets killed him. Many more people have been killed by overwhelming police force in Minneapolis and all over the US. Organizations like Communities United Against Police Brutality (CUAPB) keep extensive records on such killings and other episdoes of police brutality.

An agency of the federal government, the U.S. Department of Justice, admits that police kill around 350 people (many unarmed) every year in the United States [source PULSE of the Twin Cities, 8/10/05, p. 3]. "Every Mother's Son" is an Emmy-nominated film that tells the story of three mothers who lost sons to police violence in New York City, including the mother of Amadou Diallo who was riddled with 44 bullets while he was unarmed.

The MOVE Seige by Philadelphia Police in 1985
One of the most notorious examples of police brutality (actually this goes beyond that term in its degree of militaristic barbarity) in the United States by a civilian police force is that of the raid on the MOVE house in Philadelphia on May 13, 1985. MOVE was a self-help black community activist group in Philadelphia along the lines of the Black Panthers in the 1980's. With funding and weapons (including C4 explosives, and M60, 50 caliber, and 20 mm anti-tank machine guns) supplied by the FBI and the ATF, the Philadelphia police raided the house where the activist group was located at the time along with the children of some of the activists. The police dropped a bomb made from the C4 explosives on the house from a helicoptor piloted by a police officer. Absolutely unbelievable, but true! Yes a civilian police force dropped war ordinants on civilians in a civilain neighborhood in the United States. Then they proceeded to fire over 10,000 rounds of ammunition into the house. Eleven people, both activists and young children, were killed in the blaze that consumed the house along with the other houses on the block and 61 other houses total. This left 250 people, mostly people who had nothing to do with the activist group homeless.

Groom Executed by NYPD just Beofre his Marriage Ceremony
Disgusting! On November 26, 2006 in Jamaica Queens New York, over 50 bullets fired at unarmed man and his grooms men as they left a strip club early in the morning during the groom's bachelor party. The groom died, and a few of his buddies were seriously wounded. You don't need fifty fucking bullets to stop an unarmed man! Thta's an unambiguous piece of evidence that points to the killing being an outright execution. How sad the bride must be!

Ousmane Zongo Killed by Police
In 2003, in New York, Ousmane Zongo, 43, a native of the western African country of Burkina Faso, was killed during a NYPD raid on a warehouse where he repaired art and musical instruments. He was shot four times, twice in the back.

Amadou Diallo Killed by Police in a Hail of 41 Bullets
Most peole heard about this one already. Before Rudy Guiliani became a "hero", he was known by the residents of New York City as a racist mayor who gave the city's minorities hell. He was at the helm in 1999 when a bunch of plain clothes police burst into Amadou Diallo's apartment and executed the legal immigrant who had been in the United States for two years. The man had no weapon, and was shot when he pulled out his wallet to give the police his identification. Not just one or two or three bullets were fired, but 41 bullets. That's a hell of a margin of error, and its erring on the side of overwelming deadly force rather than cautious policing.

Heroes?
I love it when peole call the police heros by definition. Real heros are courageous people who make sacrifices. Real heroes don't shoot first to protect themselves and ask questions later. Real heros put their own safety on the line to protect people like you and me and Amadou Diallo. If you can't hack the tough job of being a police officer (and it is truly a tough job at times), then don't sign up for it! The old motto of "protect and serve" has been turned on its head, turned upside down. Police officers are automatically heros before they've done one single thing to protect the public, and the public is immediately expected to turn over our rights to the police in order to make their job safer. Another case of the means becoming the ends.

Read more about the MOVE seige and the shooting of Amadou Diallo here.

The WTO in Seattle and the FTAA in Miami
I particularly recommend two films "The Miami Model" and "This is What Democracy Looks Like," shot by independent media activists on the ground during the protests against the FTAA in Miami in 2003 and the WTO in Seattle in 1999 respectively. You will be apalled and shocked if you've never seen police in the US use overt and brutal violence against unarmed citizens who have committed no crime, but who are trying to exercise their Constitutional rights. The evidence of police violence contained in these films is incontrovertible, undeniable and well documented. This may cause your whole view point and mindset about the country you live in to change irreversibly... that is unless you decide to try to forget the harsh reality and live your life in denial.

The RNC in NYC...
August 2004 (pre RNC)
Unfortunately, it looks like there may be a fair amount of police brutality and repression against protestors at the Republican National Convention in New York City (Aug 29 to Sep 4).

The police-state-style repression has already begun, as activists are being profiled and arrested on bogus charges well before the convention.

The corporate media is working hard to stir up the spector of violent protestors. In the past, (such as in Miami last fall at the FTAA ministerial) this has worked well to justify police violence against peaceful protestors in the minds of an uninformed public. In reality, in Miami and at other recent protests, the police brutally attacked peaceful protestors with aggressive charges, pepper spray, tear gas, batons, tasers, shotguns loaded with bean bag ammunition...

The FBI has issued warnings that label anarchists who may be in New York for the convention as domestic "terrorists" who might attack the corporate media there. Proof? Sources anyone? Oh, that's top secret... national security you know. Actually this was uncovered because there's been a lot of "chatter" from a little bird that only sings in the ears of Tommie Ridge and Johnny Aschcroft...

Further, there are rumors that a handful of right-wing vigilantes who will be carrying concealed weapons will attempt to disrupt the protests against the Republicans.


September 8, 2004 (post RNC)
Okay, so it wasn't just like the DNC in 1968 in Chicago. It might actually have been worse, in that protestors were preempted from being able to do what they planned to do. Every time a group of people assembled, there were cops in riot gear there within minutes to intimidate them, tell them that they could or could not stand on some arbitrary patch of sidewalk or street, and then make mass arrests (frequently even when protestors did exactly what the police had told them to do). Sounds pretty sad for the "most free country in the world" to be harrassing and arresting people who gather together for political purposes.... freedom of assembly? speech? More like freedom to do what the cops say (regardless of any rights or logical reasoning), or else to get jacked.

Check out the New York Independent Media Center for photos, video, audio and stories by independent journalists and joe's/jane's-on-the-street nyc.indymedia.org/

Check out, www.2600.com for an independent journalist's experience reporting from the streets during the convention in New York, where he would be swept up and arrested along with over 1,800 others during the protests of the convention.

Here are excerpts of an article from Salon.com that sums it all up pretty well
(the incomplete reproduction of this article here complies with the fair use policy of copyright law)

They fought the law and the law won
Anti-Bush protesters were tough and resilient all week. But in the end it
was the NYPD and City Hall with the upper hand.

By Michelle Goldberg

Sept. 3, 2004 | NEW YORK --
...."The Republican National Convention has trumped the Constitution, the laws
of New York state and common decency," said [Tom] Roderick, a thin Manhattanite
with graying temples, dressed in khakis and a dark blue polo shirt. "This is
not supposed to happen in the United States."

As Republicans inside Madison Square Garden praised the NYPD for keeping
order, grim stories of preemptive, arbitrary arrests, filthy jail conditions
and long detentions without access to attorneys circulated among protesters,
lawyers and quite a few ordinary New Yorkers who were arrested for being in
the wrong place at the wrong time.

In order to thwart a few demonstrators who promised to torment delegates and
cause chaos, the police adopted a zero-tolerance policy toward un-permitted
action most of the week. Whenever groups of activists gathered, row upon row
of riot cops would surround them with orange plastic netting and often
arrest everyone inside, including journalists and bystanders. Police then
defied state law by holding many people well over 24 hours without access to
attorneys.

During the four days of the convention, a few dozen protesters managed to
make it into Madison Square Garden, including two who interrupted Bush's
speech before being dragged away by Secret Service.

...Donna Lieberman, the NYCLU's executive director, said that on several
occasions, the police overreacted and civil liberties were undermined.
"We're deeply distressed at the number of sweeps that have gone on,
especially on Tuesday, when hundreds were snared and arrested for doing
nothing wrong," she said. During the convention, the NYCLU operated a
storefront in midtown. "People would come in and ask, 'Where can I go to
protest lawfully and not get arrested?'" said Lieberman. "We had to say to
them that those are two different issues. You can protest anywhere lawfully
on the sidewalks of Manhattan, as long as you don't block the sidewalks or
use amplified sound, but that's no guarantee against arrest."

The mainstream media rarely takes protesters' complaints about police
mistreatment seriously, in part because activists are notorious for crying
wolf. Besides, many protesters announced their plans to break the law ahead
of time, which left the city feeling justified in locking them up. Kevin
Sheekey, president of the RNC host committee, was quoted in the New York
Times praising the NYPD for proving that "New York City had the only police
force to deal with a modern anarchist threat."

In dealing with that "threat," though, police also came down hard on many
nonviolent people, including some who weren't breaking the law. Several
journalists saw this firsthand when they were caught, literally, in the
NYPD's net. Many reporters, including ones from Slate and Newsday, were
detained during the demonstrations. At least one journalist was detained
inside Madison Square Garden, apparently on suspicion of opposition to Bush.

Author Irene Dische was covering the Bush speech for the German paper Die
Zeit. Dische said she was sitting in the press stands with the artist and
graphic novelist Art Spiegelman when police removed them both from the press
stands and questioned them about their T-shirts. Spiegelman's T-shirt said
"Pray for a secular society"; Dische's featured the word "Bush" and Chinese
characters. She convinced police it said, "I love Bush" (it meant shit on
Bush and flush him away) and was allowed to return to her seat. On her way
back, an usher handed her an American flag and told her to wave it. When she
refused to take it, she "immediately felt a hand on my shoulders," she said,
and police quickly ushered her off the convention floor and into a station
set up inside the Garden. They called immigration officials to check on her
American status and questioned her for over an hour. She also convinced them
to Google her on the Internet to prove that she was a legitimate writer.
When she called her daughter, Emily, and spoke to her in German, one
detective barked, "You don't speak in a language we can't understand here."
Finally she was escorted to the street, with the police, Dische said,
"trying to make nice the whole way."

Writing on the Christian Science Monitor's convention blog, journalist Tom
Regan seemed shocked by what he'd witnessed at a midtown protest on Tuesday,
the day organizers called for direct action and civil disobedience through
the city.

"These protesters, while certainly noisy, had obeyed police instructions
down the entire length of the street," he wrote. "Now they were being
treated as if they had gotten wildly out of control, but they hadn't ... At
some point the police would just start picking people out of the crowd and
arresting them. From what I saw, there was often no rhyme or reason behind
who they picked to arrest."

Indeed, some people were arrested on the mere suspicion that they might be
protesters. Ever since thousands of protesters on bicycles snarled traffic
last Friday, bike riders have reported being singled out by the cops. On
Wednesday, Kenneth Scott Kohanowski, a lawyer, was riding home on Fifth
Avenue from his office to his neighborhood in Chelsea when he was arrested
for reasons still unclear to him.

"I stopped and asked the officer why we couldn't go down Fifth Avenue," he
wrote in an e-mail. "He told me to keep on moving and I insisted on knowing
why I couldn't proceed toward my apartment. At that point, he shoved me ...
then threw me against a magazine kiosk. A dozen other officers then jumped
on top of me. They then arrested me and booked me for disorderly conduct ...
I have never been arrested before. The police in this city are out of
control with the RNC in town."

On Thursday evening, a freed protester would walk out of the Criminal Courts
building every few minutes to cheers from a crowd of several hundred
supporters. Many of those released were caked with grime; their reports from
inside did little to calm worried parents. Protesters, they said, were being
held for up to 24 hours in pens at Pier 57, a parking garage on the Hudson
River. The floors were covered with dirt and motor oil. Several arrestees
said they sustained chemical burns from sitting or lying on the floor.

Julia Gross, a turquoise-haired 20-year-old from Philadelphia, had been held
for 29 hours, 13 of them in a small pen at Pier 57 with 40 other women.
Because there was only one bench, most of them sat on the floor when they
grew tired of standing. "I was lying on the ground and I started getting
welts," Gross said. "The next day they started erupting and pussing out."
There are two sores on her arm. One is largely scabbed over. When she pulls
back the bandage on the other, it's leaking blood and some hideous yellow
fluid. She was wearing a miniskirt when she was arrested and there are more
sores on her legs. "Imagine that one but huge and bubbling," she said.

Asked about conditions at Pier 57, Jason Post, an NYPD spokesperson,
insisted that protesters were spreading misinformation. "It's not the kind
of place you want to go for a week of vacation but the conditions were
fine," he said. On Wednesday, he acknowledged, the police installed
carpeting, suggesting that there was a problem with the floors earlier in
the week. But, Post said, "Conditions were adequate prior to that." So where
did the protesters' oozing sores come from? "You'd have to ask them," he
said.

....On Tuesday, the War Resisters had planned to march from Ground Zero to
Madison Square Garden, where they were going to lie down in the middle of
the street in a symbolic "die in." They planned to get arrested, just not
before they broke the law. Instead, they were rounded up near Ground Zero as
they marched two abreast down the sidewalk.

It was preemptive. "I was at the march on Sunday and thought the police were
pretty restrained," Schell said. "But this is looking more and more like a
South American Republic."

That may be an exaggeration. But the kind of mass arrests and long
detentions protesters were subjected to this week aren't supposed to happen
in New York. In 1991, a state court of appeals ruled that prisoners in New
York must be processed within 24 hours or released. On Thursday, State
Supreme Court Judge John Cataldo ordered the release of 550 protesters who
had been held too long without seeing a judge. When the Police Department
failed to let them go, he issued fines to the city -- $1,000 per protester
still held by 5 p.m.

The NYPD said that it was simply overwhelmed with the number of
convention-related arrests -- around 1,200 on Tuesday alone, and about 1,700
in all. That excuse struck protesters' attorneys as preposterous, given how
long the department had been preparing for the demonstrations. "We believe
the city of New York improperly and illegally detained protesters," said
civil rights lawyer Norman Siegel Thursday night. "We believe the city's
plan is to keep protesters detained until George Bush leaves the city
tonight. Some people have been held more than 60 hours."

Ordinarily, Siegel said, people arrested during demonstrations take less
then 10 hours to go through the system, and sometimes as little as two
hours. But he claimed the city has developed a pattern of holding people for
prolonged periods during multi-day protests in order to keep them off the
streets. As to the city's contention that the large number of arrests on
Tuesday created a backlog, Siegel pointed out that people arrested for civil
disobedience during the previous five days were also subject to extended
detention, even though there weren't enough of them to jam up the system.

Siegel is currently representing 33 people in a lawsuit against the city
stemming from the demonstrations against the World Economic Forum in
February 2002. Then, as now, protesters were detained for 40 or 50 hours.
"We allege in that lawsuit that the purpose was to detain people so they
couldn't come back to demonstrate," he said.

When he started getting calls about the RNC arrests, the parallels struck
him as obvious. He got involved, he said, when the mother of a 17-year-old
Trinity High School student named Richard Prins called him at midnight on
Tuesday, saying she couldn't find her son and feared he'd been arrested. The
next day Prins' mother called central booking to find out when her son would
be released. According to Siegel, "she was told that all the detainees are
going to stay until President Bush leaves."

Thanks in part to Siegel's intervention, almost everyone ended up being
released by Thursday night. And in the end, the arrests didn't stop
thousands from marching from Union Square to Madison Square Garden on
Thursday to show, once again, their opposition to the president and his
agenda. "I'm still here," said Angela Coppola, a 25-year-old anti-RNC
organizer who was arrested Tuesday during an impromptu street party in Union
Square and held for 28 hours. "None of us inside had any intention of going
home after being released."

Still, standing outside the courthouse, Coppola admitted to a certain
sadness about how everything had turned out. "The true tragedy of the RNC,"
she said, "is that people were arrested for just contemplating saying how
much they hate Bush -- while the Republicans are in my city celebrating how
successfully they've robbed us."

salon.com
http://www.salon.com/news/feature/2004/09/03/protest/index.html

Police Brutality Directed at Journalists Too, A Frustrating Counter Constitutional Mess
Police brutality is often directed at journalists too. That fact should not be surprising of course, since episodes like the Rodney King beating have proved damaging to the public's perceptions of the police. Documentation of police brutality is from time to time actually given air play, even some times at the level of the corporate media. Cops don't like that. Its unfair in their minds because they are used to getting the hero treatment all the time.

Hey when you are the law you don't have to wait around and watch as your reputation gets a dirty dose of reality, you just take out the journalists and your problem is solved right? Heck! After you break their camera or tear out the film from their camera... after you get them tied up in a bureaucratic booking mess that might end days later in an "wrongful arrest" (aka. a bunch of wasted time and frustration for the wrongfully arrested journalist) in the best of scenarios, or some ridiculous charge and a maybe a trial in less fortunate circumstances.... after all that even if it was a totally wrongful arrest, even if you destroyed some one's camera and /or evidence of your crimes.... so what!? It doesn't matter. You're not going to lose your badge and certainly not any pay for it. You got what you wanted via your almost always granted immunity to prosecution. Hell! Even if it is all on video and that is entered as evidence against you in a court case you might still get off. The cops in the Rodney King case walked didn't they?

Here's an example of a journalist getting tackled and having his camera taken in New York, ironically while covering a protest against the killing of journalist Brad Will. Will was killed in in Oaxaca, Mexico during the fall of 2006 (not by police, but by paramilitaries doing the extra judicial bidding of the police and the government of Oaxaca). http://fluxrostrum.blip.tv/file/114601/

Woman killed by "Non-lethal" Round Fired by Boston Police
October 22, 2004
Following the Boston Red Sox 2004 World Series victory, there were large crowds on the streets of Boston, and rioting ensued. The Boston Police were sent in to quell the unrest. But, they showed up with riot gear, "non-lethal" weapons, and a "kick some ass" attitude which typically does more harm than good, causing drunk rioters to become more interested and provoked (as has happened in so many other circumstances such as college hockey riots in Minnesota, and other similar situations). This time a non-rioting woman was killed by the firing of a "non-lethal" pepper spray projectile by police. Ironically this occurred on October 22nd, the annual national day of protest against police brutality.

While sports fan incidents like this are not good examples of police repression of political dissent, they still show how the police have become hyper-militarized and what that means for the American people. Police states come into existence incrementally, not all at once, usually. This kind of violence has been dished out by police to anti-globalization protestors for years ( and to Vietnam War protestors and Civil Rights protestors before them, although the weaponry has been getting increasingly high tech and menacing in the last twenty years in particular). As usual, police violence and repression are tested on undesirables, dissidents and foreigners, and then brought to the population at large. How does the saying go? First they came for the Jews, then the communists... then they came for us.

[Check out Urban Warrior, a documentary about the recent militarization of police in the U.S. This trend contravenes The Posse Commitatus Act that is supposed to keep domestic police forces and the US Military separate in the interests of preserving democracy.]

Lethal assault and questionable deaths at the hands of the police happen seemingly every day in the US (whether they make a ripple in the media or not). Outright executions happen from time to time as well. Check out the ACLU Police Practices Project, Communities United Against Police Brutality, the October 22nd Coalition, and the National Lawyers Guild as well as other police monitoring organizations to find out about incidents of police violence and repression in local communities, at protests and elsewhere in the US.

Man killed by Sacramento Police after Shot with "Non-Lethal" Stun Gun
December 2, 2004

Another death caused by police using "non-lethal" weaponry. This time it happened in Sacramento, California. There have been more than 70 confirmed Taser deaths in the US since 1999, according to Amnesty International. Actually, there may have been more, but medical examiners are often quick to attribute deaths to heart attacks, drug overdoses or improper restraints. See the Sacramento Bee for more information about this incident and tasers generally.

Dubya's 2nd Inauguration
January 2005
Unprecendented security for a presidential inauguration according to the corporate media. Check it out for yourself from the street level view at the DC IMC website where breaking news in the form of text, photos, video and audio will be updated as shit happens at the protests of the newly privatized ceremonies of (sham) democracy.

New "Maximum Pain" Weapon for Use Against Rioters, Protestors
A new "non-lethal" energy pulse weapon is being developed that will deliver "maximum pain" to its victims from up to two kilometers. Pain researchers incensed that their work toward relieving pain will be used to inflict pain. Read more here NewScientist.com and here theMemoryHole.org

Police Attack Immigrant Rally in Los Angeles
May 3, 2007
During a rally for immigrant rights in Los Angeles, riot police assaulted protestors with truncheons and fired more than 200 rubber bullets at demonstrators, as well as mothers with small children and babies in strollers. The police even pushed and assaulted members of the media. Usually the police are happy to treat independent journalists this way, but this time a shocked Fox news reporter was violently separated from her assumption of 1st Amendment rights. She is on video frantically telling police that they couldn't do that while the police just continued to bark orders and beat people with marshall authority. This is not an aberation, and it is on the rise.

Police Break Protestor's Leg in Display of Horrific Violence
August 12th, 2007


The police attacked a small group of non-violent IWW union members who were on their way to picket outside of a restaurant due to grievances with the restaurant's owner in Providence, Rhode Island. It was a clear cut case of the police interfering with free speech rights and freedom of assembly rights, and yet another case of horrific police violence against union members in the US. Cops started making arrests after the union members commenced cooperating with the unreasonable demands of the police. They tackled Alex Svoboda, a young woman amongst the union members. In the process, they managed to basically destroy her leg by breaking it at the knee and bending it in the wrong direction. It makes your skin crawl and brings you to rage all at once to see what happened to this women who was exercising her constitutional rights! See more about this
here, here, here, and here.

NYPD Officer Thug Visciously Attacks Bike Rider During Critical Mass for No Reason and Then Lies; Video Shows Incontrovertably Officer is Lying
July 25th, 2008

Ramsey County Sheriff, St. Paul PD, Minneapolis PD and tens of other agencies covert and otherwise attempt to shutdown dissent at the RNC in St. Paul, Minnesota with overwhelming force directed at peaceful protestors and attacks on journalists and passersby
September 2008

Read/watch more here and check out our new t-shirt "Do Cops Hate Freedom?"

Denver Police Upper Cut Women with Baton without Provocation... Vicious. Then they arrest her as she describes the incident to media later on
September 2008

These same cops made and distributed a t-shirt among cops and other paramilitary types that said “WE GET UP EARLY to BEAT the Crowds 2008 DNC.” Now if their spokesmen would just be as honest in their press conferences to fawning media rather than lying and acting like their guys are such caring and nice people. It would be refreshing to hear the spin man for the cops admit that they are at the protests solely to beat and harass protestors in an effort to silence them and distract from their protest messages. But that will never happen of course. This mask-off expression from the police themselves is very revealing though, indeed.

police telling you the truth for once

More info here and here.

El Monte California Police Kick Man in Face While He Lays Motionless and Face down on the Ground in Submission
May 13th , 2009

Stay tuned for more listings of Police Brutality here in the future...

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