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Pictures of the Steel Bridge clash with cops

I was one of the only people (the only person?) on the front lines of the Steel Bridge incident to get some pics of the cops pepper spraying and beating people with their sticks indiscriminately. (article 1)
Pictures of the Steel Bridge clash with cops
Pictures of the Steel Bridge clash with cops
They were pretty vicious in their attack - no warning, just "Let's get out the batons and beat folks!" And they really seemed to be enjoying the pepper spray - they even pepper sprayed a deaf man! I somehow managed to avoid the pepper spray and took as many pics as I could. Unfortunately, many of them are too blurry to see anything, but I've posted what I have here. I'm too tired to go into a long explanation of how things went down, so if anyone wants to tell their side, or post any pics you have, please be my guest ...

you started it 21.Mar.2003 02:06

thelaw

you broke the law by blocking a road and bridge

your group PURPOSEFULLY ran into the officers blocking your entrance to the bridge, and ONE officer was struck by your group and went to the hospital

2 Police bikes were knocked over

What the HELL did you think was gonna happen, the police just shy away from this obvious attempt to shove them past their police car, and not have them resist?

You are all clueless, and deserve what ever pepper spray, batons, and bean-bag slugs you all have coming to you.

Love how you blame this on the police, when YOUR group instigated the whole thing trying to knock your way through policemen, police cars, and bikes.

Nice try though!

A Professional Police State 21.Mar.2003 02:25

Na Na Nah Boo Boo

You get whatever you deserve you pesky little punks....we, the police state, are not here to keep the peace, to serve and protect, we are here to represent our team...the police...against your team...the people who pay our salaries. And we will be damned if we will let you win.


It's just a fuckin' game.

1st amendment... 21.Mar.2003 02:33

Alex

Sorry, cop. The First Amendment doesn't say anything about car traffic. It was written when people used horses, and it doesn't say anything about horses either. You're on the wrong side of this. Give up.

You are obviously a blind photographer 21.Mar.2003 11:56

overhead shot showed it all

You must be some kind of idiot.

Indiscriminately? The police were rushed by people using their wooden framed signs as a battering surface, pinning the cops against their cruiser, while others knocked over a police motorcycle.

I agree with the politics of free expression, but you should withhold your obviously biased commentary and let the pictures tell the story.

Cops don't know shit 21.Mar.2003 12:02

me

All that shit that went down on the steel bridge was hillarious! Fuck police for beating down and spraying people when they are supposed to be for the people. How would you cops like it if the protesters had tasers, rubber bullets, guns, and pepper spray? And that cop that got hit on the side of the head and went to the hospital... So what you assholes! I saw it all happen. Think about all of the protesters who got sent to the hospital for absolutely nothing. That donut mongrel didn't even get hit that hard. What a fucking pussy. We the people don't get paid to take clubbings in the head, but you assholes do; so enjoy every second of it! Every cop that got hurt deserved it unconditionaly. When there are peacful protests there are no room for cops. Everyone in their right mind knows that when cops show up things always go wrong. Police are supposed to help people in situations when it is requested by someone (such as helping an old lady cross the fucking street), but the facist American cop mentality is all about the arrest. It's all about the kill. Somehow in your norrow little cop minds you have a fucked up conceptualization that arresting and beating the shit out of innocent peacful people makes the world a better place. By the way I hope everyone turned your Kawasakis into Kawasuckies. Fuck police brutality. You'll pay for the guns that you've used. the minorities you've abused, you'll pay for the blood that you've spilled and the innocent people you've killed.

the sewers

What did COPS expect? 21.Mar.2003 12:55

A

What did they expect, blocking protesters' freedom of speech? Did they think people were just going to accept that sort of oppression? They deserved what they got + more. I would say one sign accidentally(accidental even according to Fox news reports last night) falling on a cop's head is nothing compared to the damage I saw cops do to 3 people with batons. 2 people got their head split open and 1 older woman got it across the face. That's not even mentioning all of the misc. injuries inflicted by cops or the 100s of people peppersprayed(chemical torture). What about the people who almost got crushed to death by police? The police were pushing people against people who couldn't move, packing them tighter and tighter. Within a minute or less people were screaming and bodies were going limp from exaughstion. I started a chant "Stop pushing! They can't move!" It was perfectly audible for the cops. So don't tell me they didn't know! I was not surprised by this behavior,in fact I expect it, but I'm still disgusted by it. Which only confirms further that capitalism and this hybrid democracy/republic experiment (US gov) does not work. Any time you have a hierarchical structure, the few will hoard the power and wealth at the expense and detriment of the many. Those in power will ALWAYS protect their power by oppressing the masses by any means necessary. Violence, PR, propaganda, media spin, wage slavery,(just to name a few) are ways that hierarchy uses to keep it's power. If you hate police brutality, overthrow the system that demands it! Stop being a slave!
SMASH THE STATE!!

Two Bridges... 21.Mar.2003 13:42

Varro

Steel Bridge 2003 = Edmund Pettis Bridge 1965.

The same cretins who cheer the cops today would have cheered the cops in 1965 as they attacked (now Representative) John Lewis (keynote speaker at the March 15 rally) and his marchers going across the bridge into Montgomery.

More Pics 21.Mar.2003 14:15

jennifer

Only one went up...here's more (hopefully).
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More Pics 21.Mar.2003 14:15

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More Pics 21.Mar.2003 14:15

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jennifer

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More Pics 21.Mar.2003 14:16

jennifer

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To thelaw 21.Mar.2003 15:03

mtvkillsbunnies dicknity@balls.com

Perhaps you should consider how many times the officers in riot gear "started it" when we the people were doing nothing to physically hurt anyone, unless you consider screaming and chanting the truth hurtful, and to cops it is. Someone throwing the rock only gave the cops a really good reason to beat us senseless, but I bet they would have done it regardless.

The point we were trying to make is that it is absolutley ridiculous to say people walking on concrete with yellow lines is against the law and to this country completely insane. If we're all in cars chanting, it would be ok though right? If the cops had simply let us through there would have been no problem. Same with last night when the group sat on burnside until the moment of arrest... if there had been no cops they'd all eventually go home. The cops are here to threaten, to intimidate, to herd us like sheep. We practice civil disobidence NOT for the media attention, we practice it to show the world that we will no longer be treated like sheep, no longer be a part of this "democratic" heiarchy chain of opression.

We are fucking human beings.

Idiots 21.Mar.2003 17:59

ViriiK

For you idiots who think that "blocking the roads" is a constitutional right. Think again. The roads belong to the City of Portland and they will be kept flowing. There were no permits given and you were blocking illegaly. The Police has the right of action to enforce that. You are supposed to remain in parks if you do not have a permit to protest on roads. Then again it's your faults "protesters" or should I say "Saddam Lovers"

Idiot 24.Mar.2003 03:39

Jay-Arsey

Look were not Saddam lover, you moron. I believe he should be taken out as should his government, but explain to me why we need a war. Why cant the CIA/SAS take out all the leaders without civilian casulties. Bombs arnt the way to take out a government, they are a way of damaging a country so that all the U.S. companies who have the contracts to re-build it can make plenty of money.