Q. Did the Police deploy rubber bullets, flash-bag grenades?
A. No, the loud noises that were heard originated from M-80 explosives thrown at Police by protesters. In addition, Police fired approximately four bean bag rounds at protesters to stop them from throwing dangerous objects at the officers.
(The full press release can be found here)
After the jump...video of an Oakland PD Officer throwing a concussion grenade into a group of protesters who are trying to give aid to a woman who has fallen and injured herself.
I have to admit that I can scarcely believe what this video clearly shows. Namely that the police, at least in Oakland, can be easily persuaded to overlook their credo "to serve and protect", unless of course this is understood as applying only to the interests of the Corporate plutocracy. They certainly seem uninterested in protecting the rights of freedom of speech and freedom of Assembly of the protesters, nor do they appear at all concerned for the physical health and well-being of the people, who they lob concussion grenades at with callous disregard.
How callous is their disregard?
Here is a video at the scene by a filmmaker named Abby Martin with the group "Media Roots". Warning: There is some very free, and unedited, speech in this video:
What Ms. Martin captures very well here is the utter disregard for the people these police show. They seem to be, as one commenter on Youtube aptly puts it, "zombies" responding with violence to peaceful demonstrations, and protecting the (criminally) accumulated wealth of the 1% while blankly and silently staring off into the distance. Not one of them offers a non-pathological reply to the honest, humane, questions put to them.
I for one am in utter dismay at these developments, what do our readers think?