Earlier today AFSCME reported that 100,000 people showed up at the state capital in Lansing to protest the passage of Michian’s “right to work” law by the Republican dominated state legislature. Why anyone thought it was a good idea to throw up an anti-union tent in the midst of that is anybody’s guess, but Americans for Prosperity did, and Michigan protesters tore it down.
|By: Jane Hamsher Tuesday December 11, 2012 12:01 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 19, 2012 6:30 pm|
This morning four people in Nacogdoches, Texas, “locked themselves to heavy machinery used along the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline route, according to the Tar Sands Blockade group. The action interrupted and halted ongoing pipeline construction until police pepper sprayed the blockaders and were able to arrest and remove them in flexicuffs.
The action was planned in “solidarity with local landowners struggling to protect their water and land from TransCanada’s toxic tar sands pipeline.”
|By: Jane Hamsher Wednesday September 26, 2012 1:29 pm|
Two members of the Keystone XL blockade who were physically blocking construction of the TransCanada pipeline were tortured yesterday at the request of TransCanada, according to Tarsands Blockade spokesperson Ramsey Sprague.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday September 24, 2012 1:03 pm|
The screams pierced the air of a scene already filled with chaos and disorder fomented by squads of men in blue. The female protesters shrieking were on a street near Union Square in New York City and were part of Occupy Wall Street, which had just taken over Zuccotti Park one week ago. They were penned inside orange mesh netting the New York Police Department had used to corral and control protesters. One of the young women sprayed dropped to her knees and threw her hands up into the air and continued to scream in pain. The young women had been pepper sprayed by a white-shirted NYPD officer, who they would later find out was named Anthony Bologna.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday April 4, 2012 10:00 am|
Leading Democrats and the White House have taken note of the threat of a doubling of the student loan interest rate by June 30 (from 3.4% to 6.8%), and are working on steps to prevent it. However, they have to contend with a stingy House GOP that isn’t interested in finding the $6 billion or so annually that would stop the interest rate increase. This occurs as US borrowing rates to fund worthwhile investments are near zero.
|By: Teddy Partridge Wednesday February 22, 2012 3:26 pm|
Puzzlingly still-employed UC Davis Chancellor Linda Katehi, of last fall’s infamous “silent treatment” walk of shame (and worst Buick Enclave commercial ever), has been sued for infringing on the free speech rights of students pepper-sprayed during campus #Occupy protests by campus police.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday November 30, 2011 5:54 pm|
Phoenix police alleged protesters assaulted them with nail-filled sticks. That is basically police speak for when we were doing “crowd control” we were touched by the sticks holding up protesters’ signs. The Fire Department was on the scene to wash out the eyes of those pepper sprayed.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday November 29, 2011 4:35 pm|
Kamran Loghman, the developer of weapons-grade pepper spray and the policy for its use by US police departments, appeared on Democracy Now! to condemn how police forces have been using pepper spray on peaceful protesters in the country.
|By: Lisa Derrick Tuesday November 22, 2011 8:00 pm|
I wonder if O’Reilly and his foodie friend would be as brave as this young lad.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday November 22, 2011 11:30 am|
While police are legally empowered to use violence to maintain peace, that empowerment is only to prevent individuals from using violence against others. Under our Constitution, the empowerment laws are not intended to give police carte blanche authority to use violence against individuals who pose no threat or harm to anyone. For law enforcement to use violence outside these specific conditions is itself a crime.