Occupy Oakland Clashes With Police

Oakland police try to disperse Occupy marchers with smoke. Police declared the marchers to be engaged in an "unlawful assembly" as they attempted to reach an abandoned building they planned to occupy. (photo stolen from KGO News)

Police and Occupy Oakland marchers clashed in the streets of the East Bay city today as protesters attempted to reach an unidentified abandoned building. Occupy Movement protesters said they would make the building their new base of operations after they were forcibly evicted from a small park near the Oakland Civic Center late last year.

“We can’t just let people move into abandoned buildings” a city spokesperson said. “Sure, this is Oakland and we have literally hundreds and hundreds of abandoned buildings. But if we let people move into them where will the crack and meth addicts go?”

The city also expressed concerns for the homeless: “We get state and federal money based on the number of homeless people on our streets. If they move into abandoned buildings that revenue will dry up!”

UC Davis CA Police Feel Threatened By Potentially Argumentative Protesters

A near-near riot was first averted, then almost caused by Lt. John Pike of the University of California at Davis Police Department ((530) 752-3989 japikeiii@ucdavis.edu) when he pepper-sprayed student protesters who were defiantly sitting still and singing hymns. When the protesters sat their ground despite the burning effects of the chemical attack, Lt. Pike valiantly sprayed them a second time.

After being doused with pepper spray the student protesters sat their ground. Nine were arrested. The attending crowd grew during the confrontation, then surrounded the police and forced them to retreat while chanting "Shame on you! You can go!"

Students protesting at the University of California at Davis were repeatedly pepper-sprayed by a campus police officer as they sat across a walkway on the bucolic Northern California campus. The entire confrontation was captured live on video from numerous handheld cameras and broadcast over the Internet almost instantaneously.

Lt. John Pike of the University of California at Davis Police Department ((530) 752-3989 japikeiii@ucdavis.edu), who we understand really likes to have a LOT of pizza delivered, sprayed the seated protesters at close range. When the gasping and moaning students still refused to move, Pike sprayed them a second time.

According to UC Davis police chief Annette Spicuzza, the students were surrounding police officers as they sat in their tightly-linked circle. “They were cutting the officers off from their support, It’s a very volatile situation. School police are not very well trained, and can snap under stress – we’re just lucky there were no broken bones, crushed skulls, or deaths as a result of the police panic.”

UC Davis chancellor Linda Katehi is forming a task force to investigate the police action. “The use of the pepper spray as shown on the video is chilling to us all and raises many questions about how best to handle situations like this,” Katehi said. “Of course we could just view the dozens of on-the-spot videos of the incident, but that might not leave enough wiggle room for politicians like me to distance ourselves from the events. We’re looking at instituting a ‘Barney Fife’ policy, whereby each officer will have one tiny pepper in their pocket – perhaps a jalapeno or a serano.”

Occupy Wall Street Protesters Return

New York's Finest clear Zuccotti Park of Occupy Wall Street protesters early Tuesday Morning.

Occupy Wall Street protesters returned to the park in larger numbers Thursday.

OWS Hand Gestures Explained

The Occupy Wall Street movement has created a system of hand gestures for communicating during meetings. This was the result of practical requirements, since during the early organization phase of the movement they didn’t want to make noise and wake-up their parents. Below are some illustrations explaining the meaning of these signals.

Explanation of hand signals used by the Occupy Wall Street protesters.