POLICE VIOLENCE IN OLYMPIA #1
Includes: -- 1) Molly Gibbs pointing out spreading the idea that attending protest demonstrations is dangerous is "useful to the police" because it helps allow police be able to class demonstrators that do come out to be "written off as radicals and college kids," and blaming the Olympian for "tolerat[ing] the advocacy and organization of vigilantism on its web site. I am shocked that the Olympian's lawyers feel that supporting an online mob of radicals calling for violence, including up the murder of local citizens, falls under First Amendment protection. As much as I support a broad interpretation of the First Amendment, calling for people to bring their cars to the port and run over peaceful demonstrators is akin to shouting fire in a crowded building." -- 2) Prof. Larry Mosqueda tells how he was pepper-sprayed when he tried to come to the aid of someone whom police had pushed to the ground and then kicked by police toward the curb.
POLICE VIOLENCE IN OLYMPIA #2
Includes: -- 1) A citizen asserting that police never attempted to arrest anyone before attacking; -- 2) Annemarie Murano telling how she was pushed to the ground and injured by police; -- 3) A young woman describing how with no warning given police "stood in front of a line of people maybe, like, five-ten feet away and pop-pop-pop-pop-pop, down the line, shooting people that were sitting on the ground with pepper-spray bullets"; -- 4) a young man who says he saw police "allow longshoremen, I believe there were some police involved . . . some truckers, too, to . . . go onto the private property [of a business that specifcilaly allowed protesters to use it to store belongings and] steal personal belongings, including food, backpacks, cellular phones, water."
POLICE VIOLENCE IN OLYMPIA #3
Includes: -- 1) A young man describing being subjected to excessive force by police; -- 2) a protester vowing that protesters' determination has been strengthened: "We will *not* give up until the Port of Olympia demilitarizes, we will *not* give up until the police are dealt with properly, and we will *never* give up until this illegal and racist war has been ended"; -- 3) A young man saying he had been involved in a lot of peace work in Israel and in Chicago but "never in my life have I experienced personally the kind of violence that happened yesterday"; -- 4) A young woman describing the "extreme pain" caused by pepper spray; -- 5) A young men telling how "girls were being pulled out of the line and hit with billy clubs down till they're on their knees and on the ground and they would pull their arms behind their back as if they were going to arrest them; instead of arresting them they spray them in the face with pepper spray, and, just really awful"; -- 5) Wes Hamilton, a veteran, describing the "excessive use of force" by police.
POLICE VIOLENCE IN OLYMPIA #4
Includes: -- 1) A young man describing the duty of citizens under the Nuremberg Principles to resist the illegal actions of their state; -- 2) A man asserting that police "seemed to have a specific predeteremined intention to do harm . . . I was astounded"; -- 3) A young man saying that though "we live in a traumatized society. . . . we are dealing with trauma by resisting and we're getting stronger."
POLICE VIOLENCE IN OLYMPIA #5
Includes: -- 1) A young man saying that his motivation in protesting is that "I'm interesting in following Jesus" but that he finds it "so frustrating" to hear George W. Bush is "supposedly he's supposed to be following a man who's drawing on the ancient Hebrew prophets who are all about justice, who are about peace, and who are about tearing down the centers of power when they do not represent the people"; -- 2) A young man describing "these incredible acts of bravery and kindness and beauty in the face of the most devastating violence"; -- 3) A young woman describing the experience of being pepper-sprayed; -- 4) A student photographer from The Evergreen State College describing how a police officer encouraged another police officer to pepper-spray him; -- 5) A young man pointing out that "the malicious intent of this psychological assault on all of us is really what I think is so important, because the police presence, their physical stature, everything that they were doing, their stoicism and their indifference to our suffering was a direct psychological assault on us, as much as their physical abuse could physically hurt us it was not their intent to break our bones or to blind us but more to have us watch as they did these thing to our friends, to have us feel completely powerless, and I'd like to thank everyone in this room and those people who weren't there who are here now [for showing] us that that's completely unacceptable."
POLICE VIOLENCE IN OLYMPIA #6
Includes: -- 1) Prof. Gail Johnson describing her observations of medical responders' indifference to helping others; -- 2) Phan Nguyen explaining the concepts of street medic and legal observer, and describing how he was shot in the back by a police officer as he was complying with his request; -- 3) Caitlin Esworthy discussing the importance of getting help in dealing with trauma; -- 4) A young woman arguing that authorities aim set people against one another; -- 5) An older woman who described her first experience of being shoved by a policeman.
POLICE VIOLENCE IN OLYMPIA #7
Includes: 1) A young man saying that the police behavior betrays a belief that they will not be held accountable; -- 2) Mohammad Ayub brining the room to its feet by praising young people of conscience for standing up for truth, and also lamenting that implicit Olympia police support allowed vigilantes to engage in extremely violent rhetoric toward protesters; -- 3) TJ Johnson (the Olympia City councilmember who called this meeting) describing the pepper-spraying of the photographer from the Olympian while he was protesting that he was with the press (not reported by the Olympian) and how he (Johnson) was pepper-sprayed himself for photographing a victim of police violence; Johnson concludes by urging that activists need to encourage others to get involved in supporting the Olympia PMR movement.