Fri, Oct. 6th, 2006, 09:13 am
What I did with my evening, unexpectedly
So, (If you haven't, please listen to my voice posts) I was violently arrested
a few minutes after I stopped recording. I thought I was recording when they suddenly rushed onto the sidewalk and took me out, but it didn't work, for one reason or another... The specifically targeted me and came after me at the beginning of their attack. I think I hurt the feelings of the officers by demanding their accountability. One officer appeared to be near tears. There are pictures of the ones who came after me. They are in the second to last photo. The guy in that one and the last photo was the person noted for shooting bean bag rounds into/at the crowd, while the officer closest (in pic 09, the person who shot these must have been right next to me) and another not pictured (clearly) took me down by slamming me into the store window while shooting at the crowd to either side.
After I had been taken by each arm and lifted away, I said outright that I was not resisting. They then proceeded to needlessly apply force, pulling on my beard and bending my fingers back after commanding me to put my hands behind my back and simultaneously forcing me to be unable to comply. The middle finger on my right hand is in quite a bit of pain, though not broken. I can't help but think of the stoned business professor telling the story of how the middle finger salute came about (to eliminate the ability of french longbowsmen to string a bow).
I thought I had phone post going during the incident but it didn't work......at the end of the last voice post I was on the sidewalk talking to a friend. At the end of what should have been the last voice post, I was restrained on the ground after having been unnecessarily mauled by a whole group of officers.http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/10/347071.shtmlhttp://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/10/347079.shtmlhttp://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/10/347062.shtmlhttp://www.blogs.oregonlive.com/oregonian/newsupdates/default.asp?item=209280
One beanbag round? Try at least
three fired to each side, just in order to take little ol' me.
I don't particularly have the energy to get into everything right now as I have to go downtown at 10 to try to get my ID (which disappeared
from my wallet). When I was given my wallet back the officer in the cage said it wasn't in there, and she opened the sealed pouch for some reason or another before giving it to me...I also have to retrieve my bag, which has my phone in it if it's still in one piece, as well as other uninteresting things (notebooks, books, etc). Then I have to be in court at 1:45.
Luckily when I got out there were a number of supportive faces, and then I was able to catch Matt before he left 1st Thursday...
Overall, it was pretty ridiculous. But then, I suppose I tend to classify a lot of things as such. This time, however, it was a fair amount more than ridiculous.
Fri, Oct. 6th, 2006 05:06 pm (UTC)
Terrifying. Didn't you know that supporting our freedoms is now a crime?
What were you charged with?
Sat, Oct. 7th, 2006 04:24 pm (UTC)
Interfering with an Officer and Disorderly Conduct. 7 of the ten of us had our charges dropped to violations. I was not one of these. : /
Though, it has been said that that might actually be better, as it's very difficult to fight a violation (no legal representation in the courtroom).
Anyhow, my friend works for a PD, so he already found me a pro bono lawyer, and there has been a lot of support. I'd be really surprised if this came out to anything more than community service and probation. Seeing as I was leaving a volunteer position when I ran into the protest, community sevice would be a joke.
Fri, Oct. 6th, 2006 06:11 pm (UTC)
Stupid cops. They arrested a shition of people up here yesterday too.
Fri, Oct. 6th, 2006 06:58 pm (UTC)
Oh here it is.
You are such a rebel.
Sat, Oct. 7th, 2006 05:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, a little. I'm a little shaken and sore now, but overall I was fine through it all.
Sat, Oct. 7th, 2006 07:16 am (UTC)
I hope you are doing as well as you can be. You are in my thoughts, as well.
Sat, Oct. 7th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
Sat, Oct. 7th, 2006 02:28 pm (UTC)
I can't listen to the rest yet, but jeebus, that is scary. Good luck with the ID and bullshit.
Sat, Oct. 7th, 2006 04:53 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I got my ID back yesterday, it had been seperated from my wallet and put in my backpack. Everything was in order except that my backpack's straps had been cut.
Out of the ten of us, seven had the charges dropped to violations. Mine and two others' are still criminal charges, but I have a pro bono lawyer, and I anticipate everything will be alright in the end.
Sat, Oct. 7th, 2006 03:04 pm (UTC)
the middle finger story is apocryphal, by the way
Sat, Oct. 7th, 2006 04:36 pm (UTC)
Yeah...I've heard that one before as well, and whether a story is true or not, it still means something if it strikes a chord.
In considering how to take pictures of my swollen middle finger up next to my other normal looking middle finger, the urge to put them both upright and solitary is difficult to contain.
Sun, Oct. 8th, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
That is fucking hardcore, hope you're alright now, but getting pictures taken is pretty rad i must admit...
Sun, Oct. 8th, 2006 04:18 am (UTC)
the person who shot these overheard my email address as i was attempting to have someone take notes for me. when i finally got home they were waiting in my inbox.
Sun, Oct. 8th, 2006 02:03 am (UTC)
Shit, dude. Are you okay? If they broke (or seriously damaged) your finger, you might be able to file undue force charges, since there's photographic evidence of your non-resistance. Too bad the recorder stopped working, you could have used that in court.
Were you even going to the protest, or did you just end up there?
Sun, Oct. 8th, 2006 04:25 am (UTC)
I ended up there. The first part of the first audio post is me telling how I just ran into this protest...I think that is something in my favor.
I took pictures of my finger, with comparison, and what I hear is that any potential civil charges should be dealt with after the criminal trial is done with.
Mon, Oct. 9th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
canneryrow: state monopoly on legitimate violence
When Ben and Stevo videotaped the first No Iraq War protest they too were
signaled out by the cops but they managed to escape arrest. Their footage was used in what has become a much-played documentary of No Iraq War protests. You said you wanted more people to access your work, right? It sounds like you are documenting your injuries and experience and getting great legal advice--what a lucky thing! huzzah!
May your luck hold as you boldly try to out maneuver State interests inside the courtroom. I will totally take time off work if you'd like a friend in the room, or to hang out afterward.