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Linda LeTendre fights for a peaceful world.

Police violence at the Occupy Wall Street protests

The occupation of Wall Street is now in its 13th day on Sept. 29 and on the 11th day of the protest, NBC Nightly News didn't see fit to cover it. Brian Williams did see fit to cover the cracks in America's favorite phallic symbol (a.k.a. the Washington Monument), who was nominated for the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame and a touching story of a high school band playing for a dying grandmother. While the aforementioned stories are interesting, they are not news.

I happened to have NPR on while working at my desk on Tuesday the 27th and they covered it, saying that the protesters are from all across the country, it does not appear to be going away, and in fact the protest is spreading to other financial districts across the country, including Chicago and Los Angeles

I only watched NBC to see if they were finally going to cover it. I guess when your television station is owned by a large corporation that does not pay federal income taxes you're not inclined to risk your paycheck to cover a group of citizens who think said station owner should pay the taxes that they're required to pay.

The level of NYPD police brutality against people exercising their First Amendment rights is also a cause of concern and, I must say for me, personal sadness. I've been arrested four times in NYC and each time the officers were for the most part respectful and well, downright kind.

Perhaps the obscene money that runs Wall Street, and, let's face facts here, the entire country, have let it be known that they are expecting a bigger bang for the meager bucks they let trickle down to the level of public servants like police officers and hence the brutality. Nothing like violence to show that your money is actually purchasing something. It works for gang members, drug dealers and nations so why not corporate?

MSNBC has covered the protest and the accompanying police brutality, for which I am thankful and hopeful. I love the way Lawrence O'Donnell characterized the events saying “...a few troublemakers turned a peaceful protest into violent chaos...” and that these troublemakers were carrying guns and badges.

To see some video of the attacks click here. As Yogi Berra once said, “It's deja vu all over again.” Looks like the 1968 Democratic Convention to me.

People have been beaten and dragged off, and, most chillingly, people with professional grade video recorders have been targeted. Even more chillingly in several states it is now illegal to video police officers at all but that's a topic for another blog.

There's a video of Deputy Inspector Anthony V. Bologna of the NYPD pepper-spraying a group of women who had been corralled by the NYPD with some plastic fencing and were doing nothing more than chanting, which, the last time I checked, was not illegal. Bologna is also facing a civil suit for false arrest and civil rights violations stemming from the 2004 Republican National Convention.

To see NYPD DI Bologna click here.

Actually it's looks like the beginnings of the protests in the Middle East with those governments cracking down the people who disagreed with them. Only Hilary is not calling on this government to stop attacking its citizens and Obama has not called in the military to protect these protesters.

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