State lawmakers are calling for greater oversight of campus police departments after investigators blasted administrators and officers at the University of California, Davis, for pepper-spraying demonstrators—a police action that drew widespread criticism after a video went viral.
In a report released Wednesday, a UC Davis task force said the decision to douse seated Occupy protesters with the eye-stinging chemical was “objectively unreasonable” and not authorized by campus policy.
“The pepper-spraying incident that took place on Nov. 18, 2011, should and could have been prevented,” concluded the task force created to investigate the confrontation.
The chemical crackdown prompted widespread condemnation, campus protests and calls for the resignation of Chancellor Linda Katehi after videos shot by witnesses were widely played online. Images of an officer casually spraying orange pepper-spray in the faces of nonviolent protesters became a rallying point for the Occupy Wall Street movement.
Assembly Speaker John Perez, who sits on the UC Board of Regents, said in a statement that the report “shows the systemic and administrative problems that led up to an outrageous and excessive use of force against peaceful student demonstrators.”
Of all this President’s many progressive achievements—the Lilly Ledbetter Act, Student Loan Reform, Health Care Reform, pulling out of Iraq—the one that isn’t mentioned enough in the feeds I follow is the the ending of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’
The DADT compromise enacted during the Clinton Administration made the closeting of gays and lesbians policy for the US military. It sent a message that homosexuals needed to lie or risk losing everything.
In one of the last acts of the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate, this ridiculous policy was ended – and Occupy Wall Street is happy. And the President signed the bill into law. It was a long overdue yet historic achievement for decency and equality.
The surest way to rankle a supporter of the Occupy Wall Street movement is to repeat the common claim that the movement has no defined goals, a criticism that has dogged the group since its inception. But last week an offshoot of the movement, called “Occupy the SEC,” undermined that characterization when it submitted a 325-page letter to federal regulators filled with concrete criticisms and proposals for the final implementation of the so-called ‘Volcker Rule.
The letter offered detailed responses to the hundreds of queries that regulators posed to the public on the possible effects of the rule, which bars federally-supported banks from making speculative trades or owning private equity or hedge funds. It was also an example of the Occupy movement participating in the regulatory process alongside the lobbyists for big banks whom they supposedly despise. In fact, the letter shows that it’s members not only have a high level of financial sophistication, but also a respect for what a modern capitalist financial system can bestow upon society.
I don’t get it. I keep on seeing him do well in these Primaries. Who are the people that approve of him? Who are the people that are voting for him? I really want to know. I don’t know one person that is a fan of this guy.
What is Mitt Romney for? He’s for bigger government, he’s for less personal freedoms, and hates gay people. He’s a friend of Wall Street, wait what am I saying, he is Wall street. His top contributors are Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and Bank of America.
He wants more wars. He wants to invade Iran. He wants more bases in other countries. He support NDAA and approves of detaining Americans indefinitely with no trial, judge or jury.
Why is no one mentioning his religious beliefs? I guess some Mormons will vote for their own kind no matter what he’s about (which is sad) but how is he getting so much of the Christian vote? Christianity and Mormonism have NOTHING to do with each other. They are two extremely different ideologies. As a Mormon he believes he’ll get his own universe and become a god when he dies… that’s what he believes. He’s going to become a god of his own universe, just right after he becomes President of the United States. President is a good thing for your resume when trying to get the coolest universe I guess.
Who is voting for this guy? I mean, of course there is an agenda out there that wants to keep this broken machine working, working so it wipes out the lower and middle class, but how is he getting so many votes? Do people vote solely based on his demeanor or that he might have said something witty in the media lately? How pathetic.
Mitt Romney doesn’t want to fix any of the problems in the country, he wants to further the agenda of the 1%. This country needs a lot more than a good looking hair cut and that’s all Mitt Romney is, a good looking hair cut.
Here’s some numbers of the top contributors from the top two candidates in this race
Occupy Wall Street doesn’t support Mitt Romney. They don’t support anyone who is continuing the downward spiral of everything that is wrong with America.
Joe Rogan speaking out about Obama signing the NDAA into law
Obama signed this into law. Obama specifically requested that NDAA include US Citizens. This has not gotten enough attention.
Our President blames the Senate for tagging NDAA in with the military appropriations bill, when it was his office that requested the provision! What a bunch of baloney. In the Republic Plato warns that Democracy can devolve into a tyranny, and it seems to me that Obama is nothing more than a mouthpiece for the nefarious forces within our Govt.
Whoever votes for Obama in the upcoming elections hates America.
Eight people affiliated with Occupy Des Moines were arrested this afternoon at the Iowa Democratic Party headquarters in Des Moines.
The eight, whose hands were zip-tied behind their backs, were placed in a police wagon and transported to the Des Moines police station, where they were cited and released.
Each was to be charged with criminal trespassing, which is a misdemeanor. They did not resist arrest and were escorted out of the headquarters at 5661 Fleur Drive without incident.
Twelve people had walked into the headquarters late this morning. They were there to demand that President Obama veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and the omnibus spending bill. Police told the protesters that they could either leave the headquarters or be arrested.
By 2:15 p.m., all protesters had left the building.
Norm Sterzenbach, executive director of the Iowa Democratic Party, said the protesters are continuing to deliver the same message they were brought earlier today to the Obama campaign office north of downtown Des Moines.
Demonstrators had been at Obama’s campaign headquarters much of the weekend. However, the office was closed and protesters were not able to talk personally with anyone about their concerns. Demonstrators decided to move the Obama campaign office occupation at approximately 11 to the Democratic party headquarters.
“They don’t want to be hear to listen to us, we decided to go to the state headquarters and make them listen to us,” Occupy Wall Street member Daniel Bragg said.