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Counter-Recruitment demonstrators shot with Tasers, bitten by dogs
08/21/2005
Today in Oakland in front of the Army Recruiting Center on Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh Police and University of Pittsburgh Police fought with protestors on the sidewalk.  At least six people were arrested; police fired tasers and other weapons at the crowd, including restrained arrestees and bystanders. 

During the rally at the station, a freelance Fox News cameraman who was aggressively filming demonstrators' faces was told to leave and started a minor confrontation with protestors.  He returned with police officers, claiming that either he was punched or that his camera was broken (although he continued to use his camera the rest of the day).  Witnesses confirm that neither of these things happened.  On this pretense, police began chasing any masked protestors they could find, arresting several and firing weapons at the crowd.  Several people have confirmed that they were hit with tasers and chemical weapons.  Video cameras captured tasers being fired at people who had already been subdued and restrained by police officers.

Later, police dogs were used to chase away protestors on the sidewalk, and one woman was bitten from behind by a police dog.  Some time later, after telling police she wanted to file a complaint, she was told the police would "take her information," but instead she was arrested and placed in the back of a police van.

[ Taser photos | POG Report Media Advisory | video clips | Protestor Arraigned | More photos and video | Audio from press conference | Photos of woman bitten by police dog | More photos from the event | FSRN news piece on the event]


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