imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
latest news
best of news




A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List


IMC Network:

Original Cities africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

Targeting Journalists Covering OWS Protests

by Stephen Lendman Monday, Jan. 09, 2012 at 9:00 AM

police state

Targeting Journalists Covering OWS Protests - by Stephen Lendman

On September, 17, 2011, US Day of organized protests in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, OR, and Austin, TX.

They hoped many more would follow, grow, and spread nationwide. Indeed they have to over 1,000 large and small cities, towns, and communities.

"We have had enough," they said. "Help us reclaim democracy." Currently, many social justice issues drive them. In response, police violence confronts them.

Oakland Mayor Jean Quan admitted coordinating crackdown efforts with counterparts in other cities. reporter Rick Ellis said an anonymous federal official told him that "in several (late 2011) conference calls and briefings, local police agencies were advised to seek a legal reason to evict residents of tent cities, focusing on zoning laws and existing curfew rules."

They were also "advised to demonstrate a massive show of police force, including large numbers in riot gear."

Last October, Obama duplicitously said, "(W)e are on their side."

He's a serial liar. He solely supports wealth, power, and imperial dominance. He deplores rule of law principles, democratic values, and social justice. He's ravaging the world one country at a time and waging war at home against dissent. His new indefinite military detention law targets OWS, other like-minded activists, and anyone threatening US hegemony.

Washington began aiding cities confront OWS protesters violently before it passed. FBI officials are involved on tactics and perhaps directly. They advised that evictions be conducted late night or pre-dawn when local press coverage is absent or minimal.

Homeland Security's Federal Protective Service arrested an Occupy Portland photographer. Moreover, federal and undercover police provocateurs often disrupt public protests violently.

Department of Defense training manuals call protests "low-level terrorism." An FBI memo says peace protesters are "terrorists." Throughout his tenure, Obama's destroyed human rights and civil liberties than Bush II.

Journalists are singled out and targeted. On January 7, Press TV said nearly 40 journalists have been arrested since September protests began. In early January, technicians working for Global Revolution were arrested for streaming live OWS protest video.

Journalists have been harassed, arrested, handcuffed, and beaten for doing their job. Free's Journalism and Public Media Campaign Director Josh Stearns reported last November that 10 New York-based journalists were violently arrested in an early morning raid.

They were trying to cover Zuccotti Park evictions. Police accused them of trespassing. They all had valid NYPD-issued press passes.

In response, last November, New York-based journalists formed the Coalition for the First Amendment. It consists of 13 membership organizations representing mainly New York City journalists.

International Press Institute (IPI) executive director Alison Bethel McKenzie said:

"This attempt by New York City authorities to hinder the work of journalists reporting on a matter of vital public interest is completely unacceptable. Journalists must be allowed to operate in a climate free from harassment and intimidation - and above all, free from the use of violence. We insist that the NYPD respect the rights of all members of the media, who play an essential role in a health democracy."

IPI, other groups, and First Amendment advocates expressed concern about similar confrontations nationally. Earlier, IPI reported journalist arrests in Oakland, Milwaukee, Tennessee, and student journalists in Atlanta.

Concerned New York Press Club members got involved. They're now monitoring police/press relations on constitutional rights issues.

On November 15, in an open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, they protested police harassment and arrests of reporters covering OWS protests. They urged investigations and assurances these practices end. Nonetheless, they continue violently against protesters, journalists, and others nearby.

Mayor Bloomberg defends them disingenuously, saying it's done "to protect members of the press." He also accused protesters of "deliberately pursu(ing) violence." In fact, they're entirely peaceful, even when rogue cops beat them.

Nonetheless, Bloomberg claimed police "maintained incredible restraint" despite video and witness confirmation of brutality.

Police Commissioner Kelly also says future arrests will be handled the same way. In response, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer strongly condemned them. Calling them "outrageous," he said "Zuccotti Park is not Tiananmen Square."

First Amendment Coalition (FAC) Activism

Founded in 1988 as the California First Amendment Coalition, its activities later went national. It's "dedicated to advancing free speech, more open and accountable government, and public participation in civic affairs."

It's activities include:

• free legal help for journalists, activists, academics, and others on First Amendment issues;

• "strategic litigation" for First Amendment rights;

• educational and informational efforts through conferences, books, and online material;

• "legislative oversight of bills affecting access to government; and

• public advocacy through" op-eds and public appearances.

Police Brutality 101

On November 25, Naomi Wolf's London Guardian article headlined, "The shocking truth about the crackdown on Occupy," saying:

OWS protesters and journalists faced "unparallelled police brutality" in coordinated nationwide crackdowns. Militarized cops in riot gear beat, pepper-sprayed, and otherwise harmed nonviolent men and women, young and old, workers and unemployed, veterans and opposing off-duty police, and other joining them for social justice.

"The National Union of Journalists (filed) a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to investigate possible federal involvement," including efforts targeting journalists.

On November 21, even New York Times writer Michael Powell commented in his article titled, "Reporters Meet the Fists of the Law," saying:

"Over several days, New York cops have arrested, punched, whacked, shoved to the ground and tossed a barrier at reporters and photographers."

While taking notes, AP and Daily News reporters were arrested. So was a radio reporter recording material near Zuccotti Park.

Post-9/11, "police have grown accustomed to forcibly penning, arresting, and sometimes spraying and whacking protesters and reporters."

In one of many incidents, police assaulted a photographer for doing his job. They "ran at him, grabbed (a) barrier and struck him in the chest, knees, and shins." Similar violence now occurs nationwide. Protesters, journalists, and even public officials and distinguished figures are affected.

In mid-November, rogue cops violently shoved New York Supreme Court Justice Karen Smith against a wall. She represented the National Lawyers Guild as a legal observer. She intervened to stop a mother from being beaten. For her efforts, she was assaulted.

A New York City council member was also beaten, and in Berkeley, CA, police assaulted former US Poet Laureate Robert Hass with batons.

On January 2, Times writer Powell again commented in an article headlined, "The Rules on News Coverage Are Clear, but the Police Keep Pushing," saying:

NYPD assaults on journalists continue. Reporter Ryan Devereaux is "Exhibit 1A that all is not well. On Dec. 17," he covered a Duarte Square protest. "A linebacker-size officer grabbed (his) collar." His visible ID identified him as a reporter.

Nonetheless, "(t)he cop jammed a fist into his throat, turning (him) into a de facto battering ram to push back protesters."

Devereaux yelled "I'm a journalist." The cop yelled "Push, boys!" Brutality it continued. An AP photographer captured it.

On New Year's eve, "a (police) captain began pushing Colin Moynihan," a Times reporter. When he complained, he was threatened with losing his press credentials.

A Final Comment

First Amendment rights and local regulations are clear. Civil liberties lawyer Norman Siegel, State Senator Eric Adams, and two others wrote Commissioner Kelly, saying:

"The media will be given access as close to the activity as possible, with a clear line of sight and within hearing range of the incident."

Instead, police assault and prevent reporters from doing their job. Mayoral press representatives claim they act responsibly. One spokesman told Powell:

"It is impossible to say the reporters were not breaking the law." In fact, they were doing their job responsibly. According to Senator Adams who's also a retired police captain:

"If the police and the mayor won't" observe First Amendment rights and "follow their own rules, whose rules will they follow?"

And who'll defend private citizens, including journalists, when federal and city officials abuse them?

Angry but undaunted, social justice protests continue because quitting's not an option.

It can't be at a time America's headed for full-blown tyranny too unacceptable to tolerate.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at

Also visit his blog site at and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.                                  

Report this post as:

Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 1 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
The Global Satanic Government's (The CIA) Satanic Pigs joyfully attack OWS The CIA's Satanic COP (Criminals On Patrol) Monday, Jan. 09, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Local News

OUR HOUSE Grief Support Center Presents Night for Hope O30 5:38PM

Marshall Tuck’s racist dog whistle O27 5:01AM

Marshall Tuck’s ethnocentrism contradicts Californian values O27 4:32AM

Contra Costa-Hawkins O25 3:48AM

Debunking Some Anti-Prop 10 Propaganda O12 6:56AM

Why Should California Choose De Leon Over Feinstein? O10 9:55PM

Change Links September 2018 posted S02 10:22PM

More Scandals Rock Southern California Nuke Plant San Onofre A30 11:09PM

Site Outage Friday A30 3:49PM

Change Links August 2018 A14 1:56AM

Setback for Developer of SC Farm Land A12 11:09PM

More problems at Shutdown San Onofre Nuke J29 10:40PM

Change Links 2018 July posted J09 8:27PM

More Pix: "Families Belong Together," Pasadena J02 7:16PM

"Families Belong Together" March, Pasadena J02 7:08PM

Short Report on the Families Belong Together Protest in Los Angeles J30 11:26PM

Summer 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! J11 6:58AM

Watch the Debate: Excluded Candidates for Governor of California M31 5:20AM

Change Links June 2018 posted M28 7:41AM

The Montrose Peace Vigil at 12 Years M22 8:01PM

Unity Archive Project M21 9:42AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

Allo, quelqu'un ? Allo, quelqu'une ? D09 9:16AM

deral Government Officials are not allowed to take leaflets nor pick up items in privste D09 4:15AM

Communist Mouthwash Hides Nature of Nations Suffering in Comm Pyramids Ploys D09 12:01AM

Atlanta: metro Pillage, Poison Gas, Pricks D08 9:13PM

Atlanta Metro Suffers Under Pillage, Shame lso Political Poison Gases D08 8:41PM

Fed Says College Students Have More Debt than Previous Generations D07 3:08PM

Paraphysique de l'insurrection et de l'émeute D07 9:55AM

Corruption of USA government D06 4:14AM

"We live in a time of radical counter-enlightenment" D04 1:45AM

Did Woolsey Fire Cause Radioactive Fallout? D03 10:26PM

G20 Discusses Preventing Financial Crisis and Small Island Economies N30 3:10PM

Driver near Campbell San Jose researches Bus Traffic from Northern Mexico N29 4:04AM

The Death of Small Businesses in Big Cities, Explained N28 3:43PM

Felons Shw Ninjasred Heavy Truck Tyres N28 2:28PM

Paraphysique de la consommation/pollution N28 8:08AM

Paraphysique de l'effet spectateur N26 11:13AM

Condominium, terrorisme du capital N24 8:52AM

Debt and Tax Policies Needed to Prevent Crisis Says Finance Watchdog Group N23 2:40PM

Independent Media Crackdown and Global Social Movements N22 9:45PM

Abécédaire du fascisme restreint et général N22 8:41AM

“Animaniacs in Concert!” Starring Voice Legend Rob Paulsen Heads to Portland, Oregon N20 8:39PM

Socialism in American English N20 12:04PM

Noske, noskisme réactualisé N20 11:29AM

Oprah Please Stop Selling Dead Animal Pieces N20 3:32AM

Down In Smoke SF N20 12:03AM

Lucifers Banker N18 7:38PM

Paraphysique du scientisme N18 9:19AM

USDA Withholds Names Of Turkey Companies Spreading Salmonella N17 7:51PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy