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What's up with that counter-recruiting/police brutality press conference Monday?
by af Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005 at 11:45 PM

Victims of Saturday's police attack meet to hostile media represetatives at press conference on Monday.

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A nonviolent protest turned violent when the police clashed with demonstrators in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh last Saturday.

On Monday, the Pittsburgh Organizing Group held a press conference at the Thomas Merton Center to criticize the amount of force used by the police. The press conference ran over an hour. Four protesters recounted their experience with the police, the Thomas Merton Center director said a few words, and representatives of POG made some demands.

After the talking, the media people got to ask questions. They asked some rough questions. The most constructive was something like, "nice demands, what are you going to do besides tell us about them? The answer, it seems, is that is up to us. We should get the Office of Municipal Investigations to look into the excessive force, and to do so we must file formal complaints.

Office of Municipal Investigations
2608 Penn Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone: (412) 255-2804
Fax: (412) 255-2952

The web page http://www.city.pittsburgh.pa.us/omi/html/filing_a_complaint.html has more information.

It seems Pittsburgh has had plenty of trouble with police dogs in the past. A couple of articles are here:
http://www.geocities.com/ericsquire/articles/dogs/ptr040208.htm
http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/2490/PA/US/1

I told my dad about the repressive treatment we received, he said it's nothing compared to what cops could do if they really went psycho. Philly, May, 1985 was on his mind. I guess it was just the 20th anniversary of the police destruction of Move. There is a short account of that attached as a pdf file.

Question: Has anyone filed a complaint yet?
by af Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005 at 11:45 PM

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According to a reporter at the press conference, the OMI will not open an investigation on excessive force unless they receive complaints.

Carol Weidmann's account [4 min 42 sec]
by af Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005 at 11:45 PM

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Carol didn't intend to stay at the protest long, she was bitten by a police dog, detained, and finally taken to the hospital in handcuffs.

Rebecca Reid's account [3 min 2 sec]
by af Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005 at 11:45 PM

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Rebecca was with her three year old daughter when the police initiated a stampede.

Vince Eirene's account [3 min 0 sec]
by af Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005 at 11:45 PM

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Vince was hit in the chest with pepper spray while his 7 year old daughter was sitting on his shoulders.

Jonathan Robison's account [2 min 49 sec]
by af Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005 at 11:45 PM

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Jonathan's motorized wheelchair was knocked over by the police-initiated stampede.

Merton Center Director Jim Kleissler in solidarity with the protesters [2 min 18 sec]
by af Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005 at 11:45 PM

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New Merton Center director Jim Kleissler in his first Merton Center press conference.

POG List of Demands [2 min 51 sec]
by af Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005 at 11:45 PM

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1. Drop all charges from A20 protest
2. City investigate police violence and misconduct
3. Suspend or fire Officer Samuel Muoio who used taser at protest
4. Moratorium on taser use in Pittsburgh

Question and Answer session [38 min 51 sec]
by af Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2005 at 11:45 PM

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The press was on the defensive following allegations that a freelance reporter connected with Fox News instigated the initial confrontation between protesters and police.

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Thats just not very nice Janus Christ Wednesday, Sep. 07, 2005 at 4:10 AM
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Ignorant Babe THoughtful Protester Saturday, Aug. 27, 2005 at 9:03 AM
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