Disturbing Police Brutality Targeted Journalists at NATO Summit
End the Lie
May 24th, 2012
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In the wake of the anti-NATO protests surrounding the Chicago NATO summit on Saturday and Sunday, it has now emerged that there were several troubling incidents of vicious police actions targeting journalists.
Unfortunately, police brutality in the United States has become so commonplace that it is almost to be expected, and when¬†officers¬†stand up to this savagery, they are targeted and¬†can even face being fired.
There were numerous incidents reported after the chaos had died down, including¬†some journalists¬†who were¬†arrested¬†and injured by police simply for doing their job and covering the protest.
Photographers found themselves targeted even more frequently than other journalists, likely because they were there recording the hard, indisputable evidence of this brutality.
In the eyes of police who no longer consider it their duty to protect and serve the people, this seems like a wholly logical move in order to avoid being held liable for wrongdoing.
Scott Olson, for instance, a photographer with Getty, was struck with a police baton on Sunday, leaving him bleeding from the head as you can see in¬†this image. This was just one of¬†multiple incidents cited¬†by the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) on Monday.
Unfortunately, it appears that¬†the image¬†of another photographer, Joshua Lott, who is a freelancer with Getty, being¬†arrested¬†is no longer available.
In another incident on May 20, Tracey Pollock, who is self described as ‚Äúa credentialed photographer for The UpTake,‚ÄĚ which is a Minnesota-based news outlet, was attacked by police.
As you can clearly see in¬†the video, police begin using their bicycles as weapons in order to force the crowd back. After police established a barricade, an unknown incident occurred and when Pollock attempted to get closer in order to record it, an officer grabbed the lens of her camera and attempted to rip it out of her hands.
The unknown officer then pushed her over some bicycles after which she was pulled to safety by protesters. Thankfully she was just bruised and never sustained serious¬†injuries.
However, the most important aspect of Pollock‚Äôs story is that she was clearly displaying press credentials (which aren‚Äôt even necessary) and she says that she never crossed the police barricade.
Paul Weiskel, a self-described ‚Äúemerging photojournalist‚ÄĚ from Boston also experienced police using bicycles as weapons and was even attacked by a¬†police officer¬†who ‚Äúlaunche[d] a bike into [his] stomach‚ÄĚ according to a May 20¬†tweet¬†and video (posted below).
Even the mainstream media¬†‚Äď as hard as this is to believe ‚Äď has picked up on the ludicrous activities of the Chicago Police Department (CPD).
Independent journalists like myself ‚Äď in this case members of the group We Are Change ‚Äď were pulled over my CPD¬†officers¬†early Sunday morning, around 2 am and confronted quite aggressively by Chicago police.
The police¬†officers¬†surrounded the¬†vehicle¬†and approached the journalists with their guns drawn and were detained. After the insane police response, the¬†officers¬†claimed that the¬†vehicle¬†matched the description of another¬†vehicle¬†they were looking for.
As you can see in the footage they captured (embedded below), the completely unwarranted police tactics were clearly an effort to terrorize, not to keep anyone safe.
That being said, the mainstream media‚Äôs coverage was still far short of what I would consider even approaching adequate.
Thankfully, Russia Today (RT), and specifically the Alyona Show, highlighted this fact in a May 21 broadcast embedded below.
As Curt of¬†Room 101 Radio¬†and I discussed on Sunday‚Äôs episode of¬†End the Lie Radio, this is just a small sampling of the large-scale abuse that was meted out to individuals simply for exercising their right to free speech and assembly.
Even more unfortunate is that this is far from something restricted to the protests surrounding the NATO summit.
Indeed, this is so widespread at this point it is almost becoming par for the course. This is far from acceptable in the¬†United States of America¬†where we are supposed to be protected by the Constitution from these types of abuses.
It is quite tragic to say that our Constitution seems to have become increasingly irrelevant to out of control police who seek to crush dissent in whatever way possible, even if it means resorting to violence.
Madison Ruppert is the Editor and Owner-Operator of the alternative news and analysis database¬†End The Lie¬†and has no affiliation with any NGO, political party, economic school, or other organization/cause. He is available for podcast and radio interviews. Madison also now has his own radio show on Orion Talk Radio from 8 pm — 10 pm Pacific, which you can find¬†HERE.¬† If you have questions, comments, or corrections feel free to contact him at¬†admin@EndtheLie.com