Free Speech with a side of Pepper Spray

From David Ferguson at

In a disturbing scene from today’s “Occupy Wall Street” protests, a group of peaceful female protesters were rounded up in an orange-colored mesh pen by police and subsequently sprayed with mace without any provocation.

In spite of multiple reported incidents of possible police violence, major media outlets seem to be content to let the protests go by completely unreported, following the same “who-cares” attitude they have taken toward recent revelations that the NYPD has violated the Constitutional rights of American citizens by spying on them as possible terrorists and enemies of the state despite a complete absence of evidence of any crimes.

Watch this video of the macing incident, embedded via YouTube, below


I guess this is a bit cheaper than T-Rack’s $500,000 prosecution of 10 Muslim students for protesting a speech which resulted in probation and fines.

  12 comments for “Free Speech with a side of Pepper Spray

  1. September 24, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    This isn’t the half of it. If you’ve been following the Twitter feeds then you know the police have been rounding up the protesters using what the protesters have called giant nets. It doesn’t matter if you are a protester or an innocent bystander, you are going to be arrested. It is amazing that your blog is the first mention of the demonstations I’ve seen in any media outside Twitter.

    • September 24, 2011 at 8:51 pm

      Why does it seem a bit ironic that the Mayor of NYC is Michael Bloomberg, a major player on Wall Street?

      • September 25, 2011 at 3:59 pm

        Chris, I’m sure that has no more to do with it than the Santa Ana City Council approving building permits for Harrah’s One Broadway.

  2. Post Modern
    September 25, 2011 at 3:15 am

    I hinted to Gustavo that he should check this out on O.C. Weekly. Last I saw, no response from him. Good work Chris Prevatt. I am sure there will be more to come.

  3. junior
    September 25, 2011 at 6:51 am

    “I guess this is a bit cheaper than T-Rack’s $500,000 prosecution of 10 Muslim students for protesting a speech which resulted in probation and fines.”

    I fault the 10 students – they should have cut a deal, pleded guilty and saved OC the $500K – they were guilty, as evidenced by the unanymous guilty verdict by a jury of their peers. A jury which the students attorney had a hand in selecting – case closed.

    • September 25, 2011 at 4:06 pm

      Junior, it ain’t over til the obese lady trills. At least one attorney has already committed to appealing this to the Appellate Court. Sometimes hurts don’t get it right. This case deserves further discussion because it has ramifications for every American as in

      • September 25, 2011 at 4:27 pm

        Should have been juries not hurts….I hate predictive testing and big thumbs…

  4. September 25, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Wall Street does not fear protesters.
    Wall Street only fears LaRouche.
    “The 7 Necessary Steps for Global Economic Recovery”

    All OC Congress-members are pro Wall Street; none have cosponsored HR 1489 to reinstate Glass-Steagall.

  5. Post Modern
    September 25, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Yes, LaRouche, interesting figure. Whack job? Cult leader? Most important political/economic analyst of the last century and maybe this century? Where is he now?

  6. Bladerunner
    September 25, 2011 at 11:17 pm

    Good point about the $500k Mr. Prevatt. While the jury got it right–even Irvine Law School Dean Erwin Chemerinsky acknowledged that the students had violated the law—the decision to prosecute after UCI had already disciplined the students and their organization was not so smart. I agree with the Dean and the L.A. Times that the decision to prosecute was a mistake and out of proportion to the offense.

    • September 26, 2011 at 9:53 am

      What do you mean, “even”? Chemerinsky is Jewish. Even though he objected to theZionist Organization of America’s boycott call, I suspect that was more from an “I need this job” viewpoint. I don’t doubt that the good dean of law is a bit biased in this matter. And, as famous as he is, I still wouldn’t vote for him to be a judge.

  7. junior
    September 26, 2011 at 6:23 am

    And what was the nature of the discipline imposed on the students by UCI?

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