New York City: 6 CUNY Students Violently Arrested Protesting Ex-General David Petraeus

Six students were arrested Tuesday evening in an unprovoked police attack against a peaceful protest lead by City University of New York (CUNY) students and faculty decrying the University’s appointment of former CIA chief and ex-General, David Petraeus as an adjunct professor to the Honors College. Students were punched, pushed against parked vehicles and thrown to the pavement by police captains and officers after the NYPD forced them off the sidewalk and into the street. Tuesday’s demonstration was called for by the Ad Hoc Committee Against the Militarization of CUNY.


“As students were chanting ‘War Criminal Petraeus Out of CUNY Now,’ I was shocked to see several police officers grab and brutalize one of the demonstrators,” said City College student Yexenia Vanegas. “This was completely unprovoked, as demonstrators made [it] clear that they were there to defend our university in a peaceful protest.”The arrested students were arraigned Wednesday evening, September 18, at the Manhattan Criminal Court located at 100 Centre Street. The courtroom was flooded with supporters ranging from activists, to fellow students, to CUNY faculty outraged at the NYPD’s response to their student’s attempts to peaceably assemble.

The attack occurred in front of CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, where Petraeus has been appointed to teach a class on public policy. “Protestors were marching in a circle on the sidewalk and chanting, but the police forced them into the street and then charged. One of the most brutal things I saw was that five police officers slammed a Queens College student face down to the pavement across the street from Macaulay, put their knees on his back and he was then repeatedly kneed in the back,” said Hunter student Michael Brian. “The student was one of those pointed out by ‘white shirt’ officers, then seized and brutalized. A Latina student was heaved through the air and slammed to the ground.”

(the following video depicts the NYPD confrontation beginning at 1:56)

A broad range of CUNY students, faculty and staff members, have been carrying out a campaign of “protest and exposure” against the Board of Trustees’ appointment of Petraeus, whose documented actions as Iraq/Afghanistan war commander and CIA chief include drone strikes on civilians, the use of “enhanced interrogation” centers and the use of white phosphorus weapons in Fallujah, despite international restrictions on their use.

CUNY organizers state that this “blatant use of police brutality against peaceful protestors will not intimidate or deter those who expose the truth about the actions of David ‘Death Squad’ Petraeus and oppose attempts to turn the City University into ‘a war college.’”

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The night of August 19th, 2014 was not without some struggles, but was still refreshingly peaceful by recent Ferguson standards.

There was only a few moments of tension, and the police did have to use some forms of crowd control, including rubber bullets and some mace. To many protesters’ relief, no tear gas was used.

Tonight saw the isolation and arrest of various violent individuals, now mostly known as “agitators”. Many of the arrested agitators were revealed to be out-of-towners who appeared to have purposefully gathered to spur the situation towards violence.

Community leaders and peacemakers played an invaluable part in keeping the peace, rising spectacularly to the challenge; at one point, many linked hands and formed a human wall between protesters and police.

Earlier in the protests, a Thomas the Tank Engine Peace Train was driving through, adding a whimsical touch. Unfortunately, it was ordered away by police officers.

A rising concern seems to be the handling of media and the media staging areas (“media pens”), and the growing amount of media personnel on the ground — while intentions appear to be good all around, the sheer amount of people covering the situation has made things unruly. Hopefully there will a solution soon.

It is expected that protesters will be gathering again in the morning for important developments in the Michael Brown case. We can only hope that their patience and grief will see some reward.

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Lawmakers arrested at Washington rally for immigration reform

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., were among several lawmakers arrested Tuesday at an immigration rally on the National Mall in Washington.

Ellison’s staff confirmed to Al Jazeera that Ellison, who sat in the middle of Independence Avenue together with other House Democrats, had planned his act of civil disobedience to push for a law that, among other things, would allow undocumented residents to apply for U.S. citizenship.

Ellison is expected to release a formal statement on his protest later.

More than 100 demonstrators were also lined up to be arrested.

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Over the past 15 years, more than 85 percent of the half-million-plus people charged with misdemeanor possession in NYC have been black or Latino.

In Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Washington, more than 80 percent of the people arrested for pot possession are black.

In Minneapolis and its Hennepin County suburbs, black people are 11 percent of the population and more than half of those busted for possession.

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Eight Protesters Arrested at Miami Federal Courthouse During Michael Brown Demonstration

Eight protesters were arrested at the James Lawrence King Federal Justice Building in downtown Miami Thursday afternoon.

Hundreds of demonstrators met in downtown Miami across from the Miami Dade College Wolfson Campus to peacefully demand an end to police brutality in response to the ongoing unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Protesters, with their hands up, walked in silence to the federal courthouse where U.S. Attorney Wifredo A. Ferrer’s office is located. Their goal was to peacefully protest inside the lobby of the building until the U.S. attorney came downstairs to hear their demands.

After more than an hour in the lobby, protesters were escorted out of the building, which was closing for the night. But eight demonstrators decided to stay, leading to their arrest.

See also: More photos from the Michael Brown demonstration in downtown Miami

One in 25 Americans Was Arrested in 2011 | Huffington Post

According to the FBI, in 2011 there were 3991.1 arrests for every 100,000 people living in America. That means over the course of a single year, one in 25 Americans was arrested. The arrest rate for violent crime was just 172 per 100,000, and for property crimes, it was 531. That means that in 2011, one in 33 Americans were arrested for crimes that didn’t involve violence against another person, or theft of or damage to property. More people were arrested for drug crimes than any other class of crimes — about one in every 207 of us. 

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Two dozen arrested in Anaheim police brutality protests 
July 25, 2012

Non-lethal projectiles like beanbags, rubber bullets, and pepper balls were fired on hundreds of anti-police brutality protesters on Tuesday and those marks are becoming a large part of the story of Anaheim’s ongoing police brutality protests as people share them on Twitter. Some of the photos circulating most widely appeared on the Los Angeles Times’ blog post about the protest that raged from 4 p.m. Tuesday to about 2 a.m. PST Monday. An AP video showed police opening fire with their non-lethal projectile guns as they stood down protesters. And the AP and CBS reported on Saturday that police fired rubber bullets and released dogs onto a crowd of people that included a woman and her baby.

The protesting overnight Tuesday June 24 was some of the most intense yet, as demonstrators broke shop windows, lit fires, and threw rocks, leading to 24 arrests. Police have had to deal with them daily since an officer shot Manuel Diaz during a chase on Saturday. Diaz was reportedly unarmed, but ran when officers tried to question him, and they shot him in the ensuing chase. Since then, the intensity of the protests has grown. Unlike the weekend’s unrest, which saw five arrests as about 100 protesters set fire to dumpsters and threw rocks at police. 

Another Latino resident, Joel Acevedo, was shot dead by police the following day. Police say Acevedo was suspected in a car robbery, but the circumstances around his death remain unconfirmed. 

The protests on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning involved more than 500 people and 250 police officers, and though most were peaceful, The Associated Press’ Amy Taxin and Gillian Flaccus reported. Police Sgt. Bob Dunn “says a police officer, two members of the media and some protesters were injured, but nobody was hospitalized.” Protesters threw chairs through the window of a Starbucks, NBCNews.com reported, and they smashed other windows in the same strip mall. “At one point, police shut down a gas station when protesters were seen filling canisters with gas,” Dunn told The AP.

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Oakland, Chicago & New York are planning solidarity marches on Friday. If you know of any other events, message us & we will spread the word. 

Nov 14 (Reuters) - Venezuela’s socialist government has arrested more than 100 “bourgeois” businessmen in a crackdown on alleged price-gouging at hundreds of shops and companies since the weekend, President Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday.

"They are barbaric, these capitalist parasites!" Maduro thundered in the latest of his lengthy daily speeches. "We have more than 100 of the bourgeoisie behind bars at the moment."

The successor to the late Hugo Chavez also said his government was preparing a law to limit Venezuelan businesses’ profits to between 15 percent and 30 percent.

Officials say unscrupulous companies have been hiking prices of electronics and other goods more than 1,000 percent. 

"Goodyear has to lower its prices even more, 15 percent is not enough, the inspectors have go there straightaway," Maduro said in his evening address, sending officials to check local operations of the U.S.-based tire manufacturer.

Since the weekend, soldiers and inspectors have gone into 1,400 shops, taken over operations at an electronics firm and a battery-making company, and rounded up a handful of looters.

Awesome. Now can somebody tell Reuters that ‘bourgeois businessmen’ is kinda redundant?

A breakdown of the arrests in Ferguson

The St. Louis jail released a list of 155 people arrested in the disturbances in Ferguson. Despite complaints that outsiders are coming to the area, four out of five of the people arrested are from Missouri, almost all from St. Louis. Here’s a breakdown of who they are, where they’re from, and what they were arrested for.

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“‘Welcome to Tampa Bay Republican National Convention,’ where the cops will arrest you for wearing a bandana, ram their bikes into you while you’re taking pictures, and block off an entire intersection in riot gear with shields and less than lethal weapons. 

"These officers were responding to a short, peaceful, unpermitted march through the streets of Tampa today. They allowed us to finish the march, but once it was time to march back to the Romneyville, tons of riot cops were brought in. There was absolutely no reason for this sort of response. 

"The last photo is of an arrest earlier in the day. The protestor was arrested simply for wearing a bandana (it’s illegal during the RNC), and multiple cops rammed into me with their bikes while I was taking pictures." 

Report and photos by Jenna Pope

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