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Oakland Police Clear Out Occupy Wall Street Camp: “This Is Not A Game”

November 16, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

Oakland police in riot gear made good on a promise to clear out their city’s Occupy Wall Street demonstrators after a man was shot and killed in the protest’s encampment.

Read that again….after a man was shot and killed.  Do these sound like peaceful protests to you?

I continue to hear more stories of violence and lewd behavior coming out of these protests including (but not limited to) rape, death, sexual assault, excessive noise, physical assault, public urination, public defacation, intoxication and verbal abuse.  Police forces in these cities have no choice but to deal with the unruly crowds using arrests and chemical agents in order to keep protestors under control.

I say it’s time for Occupy Wall Street to end.  With demonstrations increasingly turning violent, it’s time for police to break up these crowds to ensure the safety of all.  And give these municipalities the land back that is rightfully theirs to begin with.

What say you?  Is it time for law enforcement to end the Occupy Wall Street protests once and for all?  Feel free to comment below?

  1. November 16, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    If all those qualities are what OWS is principally about, I’ll agree with you. However, I think it’s highly unlikely that what we’re hearing and reading and seeing is what’s real on the ground.

    Has OWS requested and been denied permission for porto potties?
    Have police encouraged homeless and trouble-makers to go to OWS sites?
    Has OWS tried to work with cities to ensure proper sanitation and cities refused to cooperate?
    Is OWS being treated with the same rigidity and force that other crime (including white collar crime) is treated?
    Why was there a media blackout during the recent raid in NYC?

    There’s a lot of evidence supporting that there’s more going on than what’s being reported. I’m going to err on the side of the first amendment and say that OWS should be able to remain.

    Will/Is OWS having to deal with undesirable influences within its ranks? Absolutely. Are they going to have to come up with a (better) solution to deal with these solutions? Absolutely. There was a great post I read on this yesterday… where is it?

    Ahhh, here:
    I specifically enjoyed the excerpt from Sara Robinson’s post that is further down the post.

    Anyway, my 2 cents.

    • November 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks for sharing! That really was a good read.

      I agree 100% that any otherwise rule-abiding citizen who is peacefully and legally protesting (regardless of their political affiliation or whether or not I agree with what they’re protesting) deserves the ability to protest. I have no doubt that the majority of protestors are doing just that but I also agree that there a lot of undesirables that are getting all the attention right now and are ruining things for everybody.

      My concern is the face that the protests are drawing these undesirables and bad things are happening to innocent people before anyone can police the situation – the girls that are getting sexually assaulted, the people that are getting physically assaulted, etc. That’s why I stand by my assertion that the protests need to be broken up. I completely support people’s rights to protest but it also needs to be done in a manner which ensures safety to all.

      I did enjoy and appreciate your thoughts though and especially the link to the post. Please come back again!

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