Oakland – after the violence

Thank you Mother Jones – this is a beautiful video of what’s happening in Oakland after the violent clash between protestors and police. Even if you’ve seen many videos of Oakland already, this is worth watching:

 

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Occupy Oakland: Kittens vs. Teargas

this is reposted from Washington’s CityPaper, a good view of the difference between what’s going on in the street and what has been much of the mainstream media’s reporting of it, although I was surprised and happy to see that The New York Times has some great coverage of the Occupy Oakland’s clash with police on Tuesday night as well as the arrests at Occupy Atlanta, and they do the commendably thorough job we expect from the Times; thank you NYT, for doing your job!

Oakland Police Love Kittens, Teargas

Posted by Shani Hilton on Oct. 26, 2011 at 9:50 am

Last night I was following along with the #occupyoakland tweets from some folks who were at the protest in Northern California. One attendee—a journo-cartoonist (yes, that is a thing, yes, it is awesome) I’ve edited in the past named Susie Cagle—even tweeted as she was being teargassed and later posted a short video:

Funny enough, this morning the Post’s print coverage of the events last night amounted to an AP picture of your friendly local Oakland police officer petting a kitten and a headline which read: “Protesters Wearing Out Their Welcome Nationwide.”

Note: The digital edition coverage is better.

Photo by Shani Hilton

Officer Friendly

My second day at the Occupy Wall Street protests, on September 21, 2011, which is Day 5 of the protest in NYC. No arrests have been made at this point. I was down there shooting video of the mostly quiet streets, and ran into this very friendly policeman, who asked me what was my definition of hypocrisy. Love the part where he says some people don’t like cops; “if I wanted to be loved, I shoulda been a fireman.”

It’s very quiet in the financial hub of the world, lots of barricades and empty streets – sort of eerie, almost like a ghost town in some areas. There were WAY more cops than protestors; maybe a few dozen demonstrators and at least four times that many police.

My cousin is a cop in Seattle, and I have seen some of the pressures of his job and the complexities of situations involving cops and large numbers of people, such as protests, so I have sympathy for policemen – I know I would not want to be a member of the NYPD right now, that’s for sure. They are mostly just folks trying to get by, like the rest of us, and not getting paid all that much to be shot at, screamed at and hated while putting their lives on the line to protect us. However, there’s a douchebag in every crowd, and that goes for crowds of law enforcers as well as demonstrators.