Occupy LA Arrestees Subjected To Cruel Abuse, Excessive Bail

How does $5,000 to $10,000 bail for a misdemeanor strike you? Does that sound like “[e]xcessive bail… required“?

How about stuffing protesters in tiny cages on a bus for 7 hours, no bathroom access? or a man wounded and bleeding from a shotgun beanbag shot, denied medical treatment for 5 hours? Do those sound like “cruel and unusual punishments inflicted”?

How about zip-tie handcuffs cinched so tight that at least one prisoner reported continued lack of sensation in his palm and thumb a day and a half later (and possibly longer; that’s just when he wrote the post)?

Or a man in his 50s (believe me, in your fifties, you begin to lose flexibility) required to take a shit with his zip-tie handcuffs in place?

Or the fact that of 292 arrestees at Occupy LA, only 75 have been released as of yesterday?

These and many more outrages are reported by someone who was there, Yasha Levine of The ExileD.

But don’t expect to see these on your TV evening news. Or if you do, expect a headline like “Massive Violence at Occupy LA.”

OK, the message has been conveyed. First Amendment? gone. Eighth Amendment? gone. If you protest and decide to be arrested, expect to be injured by the police to the point of requiring medical attention, possibly permanently, and to pay bail enough to take a bite out of your bank account, if you’re lucky enough to have one.

This is not the America I signed up for.

(H/T popeye99 of FDL for the link, in a comment on this post.)

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  • jams o donnell  On Saturday December 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm

    Perhaps when your law enforcement and justice goons stop treating dissent as terrorism. It’s a bloody disgrace

    • Steve  On Saturday December 3, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      jams, this is at present very much localized. Unfortunately, some of its locales are our largest cities, NY and LA. (Yes, Oakland is an outlier.) And both NYPD and LAPD have a history of extreme violence, as does Chicago.

      But smaller police departments that want to play with the big boys and use the big boys’ toys (e.g., full riot gear, beanbag guns, extreme audio devices, tasers, pepper spray, etc.) now have both the means (i.e., the toys) and the opportunity (#Occupy) to do so. It will probably take quite a while for these offenses to work their way through the courts, and I cannot give you any guarantee that justice will be served.

      Meanwhile, protesters who allow themselves to be arrested can apparently expect to be bodily injured, contrary to fundamental American rights but not contrary to the outlook of the worst among cops.

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