Pictures and footage from last night’s police action against the Occupy encampment in Oakland, CA.
This footage from the Associated Press isn’t terribly coherent, but you can see the classic tactic of crowding someone who is angry. Once one of her stray gestures touches an armored cop, the force used in return is startling.
Verification that rubber bullets were being used on the peaceful crowd:
And a demonstration of the damage they do:
A woman in a wheelchair in the tear gas:
Yes, including that last looks like a simple appeal to emotion, but I’m including it for a reason. I suggest you watch this video from KTVU that I can’t embed. Around the 1-minute mark, the “confrontation” with the police begins. At 3 minutes, the tear gassing starts. Shortly thereafter, you can see what happens when someone is injured (reports say by the explosive charge on one of the tear gas canisters, but I can’t vouch for that information) and others try to help. Oakland police–and the 15 other law enforcement agencies recruited to back them up–have created a situation in which you’d best not need any help if you want to protest.
A big thanks to Liz Henry, who is pulling together all this information in her Twitter feed. Sadly, she’s getting crap like this in return.
Update: The person on the ground at the end of the KTVU video has been identified as an Iraq war vet. He’s also in critical condition after his injury.