Protesters Clash with Police at Occupy Protests

Thursday, October 27, 2011

About 3,000 protesters took to the streets of Oakland on Wednesday night, following violent clashes between police and Occupy demonstrators late Tuesday. Police fired tear gas canisters and bean bag rounds at protesters. Protesters claim rubber bullets and flashbangs were used as well. A 24-year-old Iraq war veteran is in critical condition after being hit in the head with a police projectile. In New York, police arrested a dozen people Wednesday night during an Occupy solidarity march. Meanwhile in Atlanta, Mayor Kasim Reed ordered the evacuation of Occupy Atlanta protesters from the city’s Woodruff Park. That removal resulted in more than 50 arrests.

Ali Winston, criminal justice reporter for KALW Radio in San Francisco, examines why the escalation took place.

Guests:

Ali Winston

Produced by:

Joseph Capriglione

Comments [3]

Sometimes telling the truth means taking sides. NPR's policy is "never take sides" which ends up distorting their coverage. They always have to "balance" truth-tellers with liars. They're afraid to be a judge of facts. But good journalists are good judges of facts. Ms. Curran's sign is correct, and her participation in a non-violent democratic demonstration is noble. That NPR makes such things a firing offense says more about the bias that warps their coverage than Ms. Curran's sign and marching does.

Oct. 28 2011 11:34 PM
Michele from Ann Arbor, MI

Having lived in the Bay Area for 20 years, I am tired of hearing reports like that of the KALW crime beat reporter in which he says the protest was "peaceful" except for a little looting and throwing a few water bottles and sticks...but no rocks...as if that is supposed to reassure us that indeed it is peaceful. Anyone who thinks that constitutes a peaceful protest should put on a blue uniform, stand on the other side of the line and try to figure out which of the people throwing things or breaking windows or stealing is among the peaceful.

Oct. 27 2011 09:26 AM
listener

This proves that even when "progressive" Californians get everything they voted for it still is never enough.

The Oakland police are under the supervision of a "progressive" mayor and officials who were intitally supportive and accommodating of the protesters who were given a inch and took a yard.
Journalists should examine the vile and dangerous conditions that were getting really bad forcing "progressive" politicians to take this action.
It is revealed at the end that this probably has more to do with a local grudge against the police in Oakland and not bankers on "Wall Street" in New York.

Journalists need to reexamine what fuel they are pouring on certain fires for petty political reasons. We are approaching the one year anniversary in January of our great "civility" debate.
How soon some Democrats forget when a cynical political gimmick based on a vicious slander is no longer useful.

Oct. 27 2011 09:02 AM

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