FUNDING THE REVOLUTIONARY! A MILLION AT A TIME.
Your protest group's website not getting enough donations? Your meetings take in no GATE? Not to worry. There's BIG MONEY in THOSE PICKETS AND PROTESTS IF YOU DO IT RIGHT! Takes one to three years to collect but you will get the money. First, every single protestor signs a contract as he picks up his picket. Contract reads that he only gets 60% of his share of the LAWSUIT. He donates the rest to the 'tax exempt foundation' that your charity is esconsed in.
STORY #1 - MILWAUKEE VICTIM gets TWO MILLION.
STORY #2 NYC COPS BEAT UP TWO LAWYERS BY MISTAKE.
COURT SETTLEMENT? $360,000.00
NEW YORK CITY PAYS FOR ITS COPS' TEMPER TANTRUM!
NEW YORK, May 14 (Reuters) - New York City has paid $360,000 to settle a
case brought by two attorneys who claim they were assaulted when they
tried to come to the aid of a man allegedly being beaten by police
officers, according to lawyers involved in the case which "clearly
represents an understanding by the city that there was misconduct."
A spokeswoman for the New York City Law Department, confirmed the
agreement and said the $360,000 payment includes
attorney's fees and costs for the Warrens. (see URL for more)
On June 21, 2007, the Warrens say they were driving through downtown
Brooklyn when they spotted several police officers pursuing a young
black man. The man was caught and handcuffed, and police began to beat
him while the Warrens looked on from their car, the complaint said.
The African American couple left their vehicle, and asked the officers to stop hurting
the man and take him to the precinct, the complaint said. One of the
officers allegedly told them to get back in their car.
When one of the officers noticed that the Warrens were taking down
license plate numbers, he allegedly went over to their car and
repeatedly punched Michael Warren in the face before dragging him out of
the vehicle. The officer also allegedly punched Evelyn Warren in the
jaw, the complaint said.
The couple was arrested and Michael Warren was charged with disorderly
conduct, resisting arrest and obstruction of governmental
administration. Evelyn Warren was given a summons for disorderly
conduct. The charges remained pending for approximately one year, until
they were dropped by the Brooklyn District Attorney's office, according
to the complaint. BINGO!!! The Warrens filed a civil complaint in 2008,
alleging their Fourth Amendment rights had been violated and seeking an
unspecified amount in compensatory and punitive damages.
The lawsuit named as defendants New York City, New York Police
Commissioner Ray Kelly and five NYPD officers. (WHOPPEEEEE!)
Story #3 TEXAN GETS A HALF MIL
On November 14, the Northern California ACLU and National Lawyers Guild
(NLG) sued the Oakland Police Department (OPD) in federal court for
"egregious constitutional violations" against Occupy Oakland protesters.
A temporary restraining order was sought to stop them. On November 14,
hundreds of riot gear clad police forcefully evicted encamped Oscar
Grant Plaza protesters at 5:00AM. At a same day press conference, Mayor
Jean Quan said: "We have to bring the camp to an end."
The ACLU-NC and NLG sued OPD on behalf of videographer Timothy Scott
Campbell. Other plaintiffs include Kerie Campbell, Marc McKinnie,
Michael Siegel, and NLG Legal Observer Marcus Kryshka. (I'm guessing
the two guys in BeanBag Comas have private lawyers, and the dead black
boy... shot leaving camp, well, he never surfaced again in the news. Guess
his parents don't even know he's dead.
On November 2, all had faced excessive force. Campbell said:
"I was filming police activity at Occupy Oakland because police should
be accountable. Now I'm worried about my safety from police violence and
about retaliation because I've been outspoken."
According to NLG attorney Rachel Lederman:
"OPD's unconstitutional actions against protesters were wholesale and
flagrant violations of Oakland's Crowd Control Policy."
It strictly limits force and prohibits indiscriminate use of shot-filled
beanbags and other projectiles against peaceful protesters and crowds.
In fact, authorities nationally want OWS demonstrations ended. On
November 15, Occupy Wall Street.org countered, saying:
"You cannot evict an idea whose time has come. We are the 99%. We are
everywhere. We are a global movement that is reclaiming our humanity and
America's First Amendment affirms everyone's free expression and
assembly rights. Fourth Amendment freedom prohibits unnecessary
No matter. On November 14, billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg used goon
squad cops to evict protesters. Hundreds earlier were beaten,
pepper-sprayed, maced, tear gassed and arrested.
Days earlier, police attacked nearby Berkeley, CA Occupy Cal protesters.
Students and youths were beaten, one seriously. About 40 were arrested.
Similar crackdowns are happening nationally. Thousands have been
On October 26, Oakland, CA police attacked nonviolent protesters with
tear gas, flash grenades, beanbag shotguns, and rubber bullets. Officers
also threatened use of unspecified "chemical agents."
Veterans Against War member Scott Olsen sustained a serious skull
fracture when struck on the head by a tear gas canister. Children,
elderly and disabled bystanders were affected. Police helicopters
patrolled overhead. (Wonder we don't have PTSD rampant)
America's violence roots are deep. Wars are glorified in the name of
peace. Pacifism is considered sissy and unpatriotic. Among Western
nations, its homicide rate is highest. Gun owning is considered an
Violent films, video games and sports are some of its most popular. With
good reason, its society is called a "rape culture." Constitutionally
guaranteed human rights, civil liberties, common dignity and personal
safety are more illusion than fact.
"Indispensable state" credentials, exceptionalism, and moral superiority
are manipulated false notions to force our ways on others globally.
Kids are weaned on violence. Television and films feature it. Before age
18, the average child watches 200,000 violent acts, including 16,000
murders. Moreover, studies show homicide rates doubled 10 - 15 years
after television was introduced. What better way to teach how to kill,
beat, brawl and abuse.
Some kids grow up to be cops. From pre-adolescence they've been
conditioned to accept violence as normal. They're used to it when asked
to quash dissent.
Americans' Free Expression Right to Dissent
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) advances and protects
constitutionally guaranteed freedoms. It creatively uses law "as a
positive force for social change."
In October 2011, it issued a report titled, "Restore. Protect. Expand:
The Right to Dissent," saying:
US history is littered with repressive laws "at the expense of
constitutional protections and civil liberties." The 1798 Alien and
Sedition Acts restricted First Amendment freedoms.
So did 1919 anti-communist Palmer raids, the 1934 Special Committee on
Un-American Activities, its House Un-American Activities Committee
(HUAC) successor, secret FBI COINTELPRO crackdowns, the 1996
Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, the 2001 USA Patriot
Act, and other post-9/11 measures.
These and other police state measures expanded government surveillance,
eroded habeas rights, formalized military tribunals, permitted
torture-extracted confessions, and sanctified violence in the name of
As a result, nonviolent civil disobedience can be called terrorism.
Patriot Act provisions criminalized dissent. Innocent people have been
arrested, indicted and imprisoned for pursuing their constitutionally
Using so-called "terrorist profiles," the FBI can investigate anyone for
any reason. So can local police working cooperatively with them or
Abrogating constitutional rights entirely may come next. Occupying
America against financial terrorism and corporate greed can be
criminalized. America's right to dissent is endangered.
Attacks on Nonviolent Protests
In 1999, attacking Seattle global justice protesters was a harbinger of
things to come. Tens of thousands rallied for environmental, worker and
other rights. Police did what they do best.
Tear gas and pepper spray saturated city streets. Hundreds of riot gear
clad cops fired bean bag bullets, rubber bullets and paint balls at
peaceful demonstrators. Others were beaten with batons and pepper
sprayed. Hundreds were arrested. A state of emergency and curfew were
imposed. Parts of Seattle looked like war zones.
In 2003, similar violence targeted Miami nonviolent protests against the
Free Trade Act of the Americas (FTAA). Thousands of militarized police
filled city streets. More than 40 law enforcement agencies were
Streets were cleared lawlessly. Hundreds were arrested, including
journalists and legal observers. Red squad police surveillance and
infiltration were used. Congress provided funding.
CCR and others filed lawsuits. In Killmon v. City of Miami-Dade, et al a
major settlement was reached. Nonetheless, the "Miami Model" and its
Seattle predecessor became prototypes for future crackdowns like those
In today's America, anything can be criminalized, including protests for
environmental and animal rights. CCR called the 2006 Animal Enterprise
Terrorism Act (ACTA) "unconstitutionally vague and overbroad in
violation of the First and Fifth Amendments." It criminalized legal
politically motivated actions.
"Green Scare" entered the vocabulary earlier. First used in 2002, it
referred to legal and extralegal government actions against animal
liberation and environmental activists.
The ghost of COINTELPRO returned, including intensive surveillance of
political activists, false arrests, and police brutality. What the 1974
Senate Church Committee condemned, Patriot Act and other legislative
In 2009, police cracked down hard against Pittsburgh G20 protesters. For
two days, the city was on lockdown. Dozens of University of Pittsburgh
students were arrested. Police used batons, pepper spray, beanbags, OC
gas (similar to tear gas), sound cannons, and rubber bullets.
Ahead of the meeting, thousands of police and National Guard troops were
marshaled. Requested permits were denied. Similar measures are employed
against IMF and World Bank protesters, others for global justice, some
against war, and when Republican and Democrat political conventions are
Each time, constitutional rights are denied. Police violence and other
repressive measures are used. OWS demonstrators are now targeted and
treated like criminals.
On November 13, Portland protesters were evicted. Despite supportive
thousands on downtown streets, camp sites in two parks were forcefully
cleared. In Salt Lake City, police used bulldozers against protesters.
In Berkeley, police used truncheons against peaceful students trying to
set up a camp.
Nationwide, thousands of arrests were made. Numbers mount daily. Tent
cities are being cleared. Reasons used are bogus. Alleged health and
safety issues are raised. So is talk about enforcing local ordinances.
At issue is police state thuggishness, beating up on people for Wall
Street and other corporate favorites. Constitutional freedoms are
denied. Popular protests globally are targeted.
"Total policing" met London students protesting tripled tuition fees and
abolishing the weekly 30 pound low-income family allowance. Entire areas
were blocked off. The city was on lockdown.
Section 60 of the 1994 Criminal Justice and Public Order Act "gives
police the right to search people in a defined area at a specific time
(and) provides powers to require the removal of disguises at public
Protesters trying to set up camp at St. Paul's Cathedral and Finsbury
Square were arrested and dispersed. Erected digital screens told people
they broke Section 12 of the 1986 Public Order Act. Some demonstrators
were constrained, others attacked.
None of it's justified. In America and across Europe, constitutional
provisions, criminal and international law provide effective tools
against lawbreakers and potential threats. Why abuse the law when what's
on the books works fine. However, nothing there warrants police
crackdowns against lawful protests.
Millions across America, Europe, and the Middle East are fed up and want
change. At issue is social injustice, political corruption, banker
occupation (aka financial terrorism), and repressive blowback against
popular opposition to austerity, inequality, and growing human need.
Feigning support, Obama and congressional allies sold out constituents
for Wall Street and other monied interests. Unemployment, poverty, lost
homes, and other social injustice issues drive protesters for change.
Sustained struggle is the only way forward.
No matter what obstacles they face, there's no turning back now. There
better not be to have any chance of succeeding.
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THIS JUST IN! MORE POTENTIALLY LUCRATIVE & FUN LAWSUITS;
#4 NEW HAVEN, Connecticut laffs! After some serious clubbing, a couple emerges bar, cops leap on bf. quixkly, gf captures cellfotos of cop beating bf, puts fone in bra but cop REACHES IN & takes it anyway. Doesn't she have a civil rights violation there good for a few mil too?
#5 Even burglars can sue if cops abuse!#12 MAY DAY VICTIMS AWARDED $1.7MILLION
#6 Clubbing with legal registered gun while being black? Automatically get beat up by cops!
#7. You have to be dead to get your family the big money but this guy nailed 1.67 million for Momma! MY KINDA KID
#8 has been in a coma for 21 years as this cop did his work REALLY well, that's when you don't kill them so the city doesn't have to pay now, but hey, the guy did the smart thing: NOW HE DIED! So the family can sue for the big enchilada. Thank you God for taking this inanimate boy to your cloudy home, and his.
#9 Venice Skateboarder nearly beaten to death by four, rabid L.A cops
But thank GOD, HE LIVES TO SUE!
#10) They should burn Cops at the stake in MASSACHUSETTS as they are regular WITCHES.
Springfield Massachusetts man beat nearly to death by cop with a big flashlight. Victim blinded in one eye! He won over a half million in a lawsuit against the city. NOT ENOUGH!
#11 . UC DAVIS pays 30 k to each student who got pepper sprayed at a demonstration over high tuition fees. Damn, that only covers TWO YRS of college per kid. But it's a start.
VERDICT. Jury Sided with Journalists in '07 pro-immigration Rally.
A Los Angeles jury awarded more than $1.7 million Friday Friday (July 2nd, 2010) to a local television camera woman who said she was roughed up by police officers during a pro-immigration rally in MacArthur park three years ago. Jury awarded the damages to FOX 11 camerawoman Patricia Ballaz, who said she was injured. Jury awarded KPCC radio reporter Patricia nazario $39,000.
"This has been an extremely difficult and exhausting road to travel," Ballaz said. "And I'm grateful to the jury for holding the Los Angeles Police Department accountable for its unwarranted attack upon my body and soul. I'd also like to express my sincere appreciation to the Los Angeles city officials and high-ranking members of the LAPD who did not sit idly by, but expressed their outrage at the wrongdoing that occurred at MacArthur Park. Their respect for the truth will always be meaningful to me.
"May 1, 2007 is a day that I will never forget, it is a day that has changed my life forever," she said. "My genuine hope is that this trial and its verdict will serve as a strong reminder to the LAPD to think twice about using excessive force in any kind of situation. Our free speech and civil rights are precious and if we can't rely on the police to protect them, who can we trust?"
Deputy City Attorney Jessica B. Brown, who defended the city and the LAPD during trial of the journalists' lawsuit, could not be reached for immediate comment on the jury's decision.
In her closing argument, Brown told jurors the journalists' legal rights were not infringed upon.
She said Ballaz and Gonzalez ignored seven warnings from police to stay out of the line on which officers were advancing through the park on May 1, 2007.
Repeatedly saying the objective evidence shows that many of the plaintiffs' claims about being abused "strain the bounds of credibility," Brown said the journalists were bound to obey police orders to get out of the skirmish line in the same way as anyone else there.
"They are not kings; nobody gives them special rights," Brown said.
Deputy City Attorney Todd Hayward, addressing the newswomen's damages claims, said the plaintiffs did not prove their claims to be sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Attorneys for the journalists argued during the trial that police violated their constitutional rights in a manner that drew the ire of the mayor and police chief.
"There was a war against the media out there that day," Ballaz's attorney, Browne Greene, told the jury.
Greene told the panel that his client, now 51, will never work in her field again and has about $2.4 million in damages in total for past and present lost wages, as well as medical costs.
He showed jurors photos of Ballaz with a bruise near her right breast -- allegedly from being hit with a baton -- as well as another of an injured, discolored foot.
Both Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and then-LAPD Chief William Bratton found fault with the actions of the elite Metro Division officers who confronted the journalists, Greene said.
In late October, the District Attorney's Office announced that no criminal charges would be filed against any LAPD personnel for actions during the May Day rally.
In February 2009, the council agreed to pay nearly $13 million to settle lawsuits filed by attendees who said they were injured or mistreated during the rally.
The settlement reached last year covered 297 individuals who were part of eight consolidated cases and a class-action lawsuit filed in federal court.
"The jury found that the LAPD failed to adhere to its own rules on crowd control and in protecting the Constitutional rights of the news media covering the 2007 May Day rally in MacArthur Park, including Patti Ballaz' free speech rights," Greene said in a statement after the jury's verdict was announced. "Patti's victory today is bittersweet as she will bear the physical and emotional scars of that fateful day for the rest of her life."
During the trial, Brown expressed skepticism about the women's medical claims. She said some had pre-existing medical conditions and that there was little evidence to support their claims that their physical states were worsened by the confrontation with police.
Brown also said most of the members of the media covering the rally that day obeyed the police and got their stories. He said the three women could have still gotten the job done had they done so from different vantage points within the park.
#13 Anti-nuke protesters awarded $700,000 for 'feral' treatment
April 9, 2010 - Sydney Morning Herald
Anti-nuclear protesters who were beaten by police, capsicum sprayed and locked in a shipping container have been awarded more than $700,000 in damages from the South Australian government. (feral means treated like dingo dogs on a roundup) In a judgment in the South Australian Supreme Court today, Justice Timothy Anderson found the treatment of the 10 people, during a demonstration at the Beverley Uranium mine almost 10 years ago, was degrading, humiliating and frightening. The judge also criticised two state government ministers for their comments about the protesters, including Deputy Premier Kevin Foley who called them a bunch of "ferals" who put the safety of police in jeopardy. The group, including a girl aged 11 at the time, had sued over their treatment during the May 2000 anti-nuclear demonstration, which involved about 100 protesters, claiming they were assaulted, subjected to mental injury, deprived of food and water and humiliated.
In 2002, a Police Complaints Authority (PCA) report found one police officer had used excessive force in striking a protester with a baton while another used capsicum spray on a protester who was already injured and posed no threat.
The PCA also found police were negligent in detaining protesters in a shipping container and that none of the 31 arrests made during the protest were lawful.
In his judgment, Justice Anderson said the shipping container should not have been used at all.
"It was degrading, humiliating and frightening," he said.
"It was an affront to the civil liberties of the protesters.
"The conditions were oppressive, degrading and dirty, there was a lack of air, there was the smell from capsicum spray and up to 30 persons were crammed into a very small space."
Justice Anderson said it had also been inappropriate to detain the protesters for several hours when keeping them just for a short while would have taken the heat out of the situation.
He said some of the action taken by police was heavy handed and unnecessary, particularly in relation to the use of capsicum spray and batons.
Turning to Mr Foley, Justice Anderson said his comments, which came when the government withdrew from attempts to resolve the case through mediation, were both unreasonable and antagonistic.
"The comments are one-sided and do not acknowledge the extreme way in which the police dealt with protesters and the circumstances of their detention," the judge said.
He also criticised Police Minister Michael Wright who had rejected the idea of a settlement because of its potential to undermine the good standing of the South Australian police and encourage others to sue.
"It is my view that both ministers, in making these statements, have acted with a high-handed and contumelious disregard of the plaintiffs as citizens of the state with a right to protest, and with the right to be treated according to law if they did protest," Justice Anderson said.
The judge awarded the plaintiffs, who also included a television cameraman, varying amounts with the largest single payment of $95,100 going to Lucinda White who was assaulted, sprayed and verbally abused before being locked up for about seven hours. Outside court she described the police action on the day as outrageous in a civilised country. "People have a right not to be bashed, beaten and falsely imprisoned by police," she said.
"We have a right to protest. I am absolutely stunned this sort of thing can happen in South Australia."
This story was found at: http://www.smh.com.au/national/antinuke-protesters-awarded-700000-for-feral-treatment-20100409-rxyv.html
We pinch the city or state
however we can grab it
If they break our neck or pate,
then THAT is how we nab it.
The lumpen proleteriat
has no lawyers in its kit
so when we take a noggin blow
we give them damn cops SHIT!
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