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News :: Human Rights
16 Oct 2011
Police abuse at Occupy Denver ignored by the media.
Well....Im released from jail at 4:30...they said I would have to wait until 8 am but they released all of us before 5 am and Im pretty sure it was because the Lawyers called and told them they had violated our rights. I was sitting on the sidewalk infront of the food donations we had gotten. We were feeding protesters and the homeless. The cops threatened to tear it down early in the day so I sat infront to protect it. I was there, sitting for hours.

When the cops came in they pushed protesters back, falling into us who were sitting. The lady cop infront of me was beating someone with her baton because he could not move back because we were sitting and the food was stacked behind us. As soon as they were moved back, all of us sitting on the sidewalk were pepper sprayed right to the face, striaght down the line. My hair was soo soaked with pepperpray that it just ran down my face endlessly. I was screaming in pain as protesters continues to tumble over us from the cops shoving them back. They laughed at us and said "You having fun now?? Is this fun guys?" We stayed sitting as other protesters were pushed behind us. They told us to move...we did not and they seperated us with their batons and started hauling us away.

When the cop picked me up he twisted my arm eventhough I was not resisting. I told him I was not resisting and asked him to stop and he said to me "I am not resisting either." What the fuck does that mean?! ...While my arm was twisted he put the plastic zip tie on me. It was so tight and he grabbed the middle firmly and I felt like my writs was going to break. I begged him to loosen them or put another one on me and he ignored me. A lady cop came up and agreed that they were much too tight but would not take them off until we were transported to their headquarters. (20 minutes of excruciating pain in the back of the police van)

Many of the women had to have their ties redone. When they went to take mine off they couldnt even get a finger, or the cutters in to cut them. It took two cops to get them off. The others two women did not have theirs loosened until the cop who arrested them came to claim them. One women was not claimed at all because she was pushed into a corner and could not move back as they ordered and they said "Well you shouldnt have been here." Which was their answer to everything. "Shouldnt have been down here." ...oh so we are arrested because we shouldnt be protesting? ....

Hearing about Denver cops abuse is one thing....being a part of it is quite an experience. We were peaceful, they were violent. Two canisters of tear gas were released into the food tent as well. The news said there was none. They also said the one incident of pepper spray was only used because they found us to be a threat. REALLY? Protesters sitting on the sidewalk are a threat??? ...OCCUPY DENVER! WE WILL NOT GIVE UP SO EASILY!! In have only made us stronger!!!!!! I spent the night in jail for sitting on the sidewalk...The cops fucked up...and they know it.

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