Denver has a problem and it’s not the Occupiers; Mayor Michael B. Hancock with other cities simultaneously initiated hardline tactics with a collective objective to cease the protests, however, in Denver’s case this aggressiveness has been ongoing since the onset of Occupy Denver.
The Occupiers in Albany, New York were handled more diplomatically – other cities should take heed in Albany’s actions and inaction before prompting chaos with the law enforcement’s baton swinging, pepper spraying hands. The mayor’s authoritarian-type police force has proven to be consumed with brutalizing Occupy Denver protesters with impunity. A good friend that has frequented the protest states that this has been on ongoing issue during peaceful protests.
Hancock who ran as a Democrat, has more problems facing him. When he first got into office he spent nearly $1 million more on salaries than his predecessor did in his first year, working on establishing his national profile and hosting a weekend retreat for top staff members at the tony Beaver Creek resort. How lovely for him, meanwhile, Denver’s homeless continues to increase in numbers. Denver’s new mayor will require a manipulative PR spokesperson after the public becomes more receptive to videos documenting the police brutality at his whim.
The preponderance of problematic issues is in fact the American people themselves, who are complicit in the use of police force by cheering it on, thus enabling and escalating near riots perpetrated by the police force. Instead of outrage, many Republicans in fear of the movement applaud the overwhelming instances of police brutality. We have become so divided as a nation that one side of the political arena is applauding brutal forces used against the other. If one American’s rights are infringed upon, all of our rights are in jeopardy.
A portion of Occupy Denver’s statement:
Once again, the DPD reaffirms its position as the most violent police force in the United States. Officers assaulted demonstrators who were just standing on the sidelines. An officer waited until a protester turned around and hit him in the back three times. They assaulted people verbally, including threats to “break the teeth” of protesters. One officer told another officer to “SHOOT EM!! SHOOT EM NOW!” One protester was struck by an officer on a motorcycle and was hospitalized. Protesters were kettled and shot with pepper-balls, according to Colorado Street Medics, who found pepper-ball shells at the scene of last night’s incident. The shooting took place at 14th and Speer, eventually forcing the group to move to 16th St. Mall, where diners and theater-goers were present. The police action resulted in the closing of the 16th St. Mall bus system for civilian safety. Police actions put the general public in harms way, for no reason. All of this dangerous mayhem, completely instigated by police under the orders of our Mayor, was directed at peaceful protesters. Protestors were followed, intimidated and hunted by the police for hours after the eviction, proving that this was not about Civic Center park, but an attempt to aggressively confront the Occupy movement.
Cosmic Surfer, Denver Occupier, tells of the mayor’s tactics:
Denver has one of the 6 worst PDs in the country for brutality. Hancock has used them for his personal security unit using hundreds of thousands of dollars (some estimates of 1 million over the past month) on PD, Sheriff, State troopers, CBI and weapons against a group of 80-100 tent occupiers and up to 3000 protestors since October 14th.
It is now a $100 fine for anyone to have a ride drop them off at Civic Center park, It is over $100 fine to be caught bringing donations to the park; it is a violation to sit and protest (wheel chairs, lawn chairs, any chair).
The Saturday night raid was indicative – the police chased Occupy out of the park, then to 16th street mall (a small Times Square) then chased them through the city – closing down the bus terminal while threatening the people out on Saturday night who were trying to eat outside at cafes and trying to get to the theater.
The mayor agreed to speak with Denver Occupiers on the terms that he met an elected leader, in a leaderless movement. That alone is worthy of a Palin-speak award.
To make matters more onerous for those arrested, Denver implemented the strictest protocol yet, and bond rates were set at the highest the occupation has seen in Denver: They began at $750- $1,000 across the board.
The courtroom protocol expanded from there to include several bonds set at more than $1,000, while those of the two felony cases were set at $2,000 and $5,000, respectively. No attendees were allowed to bring cell phones or bags of any sort into the courtroom or to record any information during the arraignment. This meant that both reporters and the group’s internal legal team, who attend the arraignment to transcribe and triple-check arrestees’ legal information, were forbidden from taking any notes in the courtroom.
Previously bail was set at $550.
In America we have the right to protest and assemble peacefully without repercussion. It’s not the Occupiers who are acting unlawfully, it’s the Powers that Be. Occupiers have denounced any uncivil behavior and calls for peaceful protesting are echoed in chorus daily. Civil disobedience is lawful, especially in the face of an oppressive police force further proving that our voices are being stifled systematically. The Constitution has been crapped on consistently by authorities — a multitude of unnerving videos document their authoritarian behavior, still yet, naysayers stand up for those implementing brutal force on American citizens.
For those shilling for bad corporate behavior which has been to the detriment of our country and its citizens well being, take notice; If one protester is arrested, two more will appear. You will not allow history to educate you, so perhaps a what the fuck moment will hit you upside the head when reality bites you, thus finally accepting the fact that this movement has swept around the Globe, that’s correct, it’s a Global movement which began with an idea. You can’t kill an idea./end of rant.
This post is dedicated to my good friend Cosmic Surfer as well as each and every Occupier in Denver.