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Seattle activist Dorli Rainey, 84, reacts after being hit with pepper spray during an Occupy Seattle protest on Tuesday, November 15, 2011 at Westlake Park. Protesters gathered in the intersection of 5th Avenue and Pine Street after marching from their camp at Seattle Central Community College in support of Occupy Wall Street. Many refused to move from the intersection after being ordered by police. Police then began spraying pepper spray into the gathered crowd hitting dozens of people. A pregnant woman was taken from the melee in an ambulance after being struck with spray.
The Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution in support of Occupy Seattle that calls on the city to examine its banking and investment practices, home-foreclosure patterns and the financing of local elections.
The resolution was a grab bag of proposals meant to provide a local response to the concentration of wealth and abuses in the financial sector that the Occupy Wall Street protest and its regional offspring have called attention to in encampments and rallies around the country this fall.
Originally posted by Blaine91555
reply to post by Corruption Exposed
Less than two minutes of video. No way to know what lead up to it or context. Typical.
What law had been broken? And what are the police supposed to do? In a perfect world, decent good honest cops would tell their superiors that there is a protest going on, and as police it is their job to make sure that it is peaceful and to remain politically nutral. To REFUSE to strike anyone unless they are actually being violent/deserving of arrest. In a perfect world, the cops would speak with protesters and ask them to keep sidewalks and any acsess points free of any lasting protest and let them get on with it. I'm pretty sure there would be a completly different outcome. One which revolved around mutual respect. It is not illegal to protest, doesn't matter how long they want to be there for.
Originally posted by PsykoOps
So they brake the law. Block a street. Police asks them to move and they refuse? What was the police supposed to do? Go in guns blazing?