Revolution 99 Updates: Gold medal winners…
I mean, just look at what this “comedian” said!
A Fox News contributor on Thursday explained that people who support Christian restaurant chain Chick-fil-A were different from Occupy Wall Street protesters because liberals “maim and rape” each other.
During a segment on Fox & Friends, co-host Brian Kilmeade asked comedian Steven Crowder to compare Chick-fil-A customers to “violent confrontations at Occupy demonstrations.”
“Conservatives and leftists protest in different ways,” Crowder explained. “Conservatives, when they want their voices to be heard, they decide to effect real political change by making their voices heard through voting with their dollars.”
He continued: “Liberals decide to commit felonies and harass and assault and maim and rape their fellow occupiers in tents while tipping over police cars. So, there is a little bit of a contrast.” More…
City To Not Defend Police Inspector In OWS Pepper Spray Suit
The city has taken the unusual step of declining to defend a high ranking police official in a civil lawsuit over a pepper-spraying incident at Occupy Wall Street.
Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna is being sued by two women who say Bologna used pepper spray on them for no reason during a march on September 2.
A video of the incident posted on YouTube then went viral.
If Bologna is found liable, he will have to pay any damages himself.
The city’s Law Department says it represents employees acting in the official duties but not if they are in violation of any regulation.
Bologna did accept a departmental discipline for the incident and lost 10 vacation days.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said it was not the New York City Police Department’s call not to defend the officer and he is worried about the effect the decision could have on other cases.
“I think it could have a chilling effect on police officers taking action. It’s a discretionary decision by the Corporation Counsel and I’m concerned about an adverse effect on officer’s willingness to engage,” said Kelly. More…
New Black Panthers, Occupy Dallas, others protest recent fatal Dallas police shootings
More than two dozen people protesting a series of Dallas police shootings marched in a South Dallas neighborhood Saturday where an officer fatally shot a suspected drug dealer nearly two weeks ago.
The protest was led by members of divergent groups, the New Black Panther Party, Occupy Dallas and the Brown Berets, to bring attention to what they call a police shoot-to-kill policy and to encourage residents to boot officers out of their neighborhood.
“We to need to let the people know that we haven’t forgotten about them,” said Bobby Jones, a chairman of the New Black Panther Party. “Police are harassing them, overusing their authority.”
Following 15 officer-involved shootings so far this year and under the scorching sun, the 30 or so protesters marched through an apartment complex parking lot, down residential streets and by convenience stores, holding signs and chanting. They encouraged residents to come out of their homes and march with them.
A few people peeked out of their windows or waved, but no one joined the protest, which was led by people who don’t live in the Dixon Circle neighborhood near Scyene Road. More than a week ago, hundreds of people filled the streets and scores of police officers donned riot gear to quell a tense scene following a fatal officer-involved shooting.
Officer Brian Rowden chased 31-year-old James Harper from a known drug house on Bourquin Street, off Dixon Street, after police responded to a bogus kidnapping call. Rowden said that Harper fought him as they jumped over fences and ended up in a horse corral, where an exhausted Rowden shot Harper when he saw him reaching for something in his pocket. More…
March on Wall Street South: Why big banks will be targeted
Charlotte, N.C. — Mobilizing has begun around the country for the March on Wall Street South: protest actions between Sept. 1 and 6 around the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. Activities will include a Sept. 1 Festivaliberación!, focused on youth, students and immigrants; a Sept. 2 March on Wall Street South; and a Sept. 3 Southern Workers Assembly.
A New York/New Jersey delegation joined a MWSS press conference on July 18 in front of the Charlotte-Meckenberg police station in downtown Charlotte. (See Aug. 2 Workers World issue for earlier coverage.) Among those who spoke were Larry Hales, an organizer with the Bail Out the People Movement, who mobilized for protests during the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver, and Teresa Gutierrez of the May 1st Coalition for Worker and Immigrant Rights. This article covers the high points of their talks.
“Dr. Martin Luther King said injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” said Hales. “We see that a great amount of injustice still exists in this world, in this country and this city, which many people witnessed by the recent killing of 28-year-old Black man Michael Lainey by the Charlotte-Mecklenberg police department. More…