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Interview with Harun Arsalai - Arrested, Beaten, and Abused by Police and Sheriff's Deputies: video
by Dave Id
Saturday Nov 5th, 2011 2:29 AM
On the afternoon of October 25th, following the morning police raids of Occupy Oakland in Oscar Grant Plaza and Snow Park, occupiers and supporters rallied at the Oakland main public library then marched through downtown streets. At one point, the march attempted to turn onto Washington Street from 8th Street, in order to reach the North County/Glenn Dyer Jail to show solidarity with the more than 70 people arrested before dawn that day. A police line blocking the intersection began to strike marchers, including an elderly woman, with batons. As the front of the march managed to move past the police line on one side, two police officers inadvertently ended up behind one of the lead march banners and they shoved their way out of the crowd. OPD officers then grabbed and tackled two marchers to the ground. The situation became even more tense as the crowd of marchers surrounded the police and their arrestees, someone in the crowd throwing green and red paint onto the arresting officers. Within minutes, more Oakland police arrived and began to fire tear gas and projectiles at the crowd, and possibly one flash bang grenade.
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Harun Arsalai, pictured above, was one of two people arrested at the scene. In the first video below, Harun explains that the weight of the Oakland police on him after he was thrown to the ground caused him to lose consciousness temporarily. Once at Santa Rita jail, Alameda County sheriff's deputies beat and abused Harun causing serious damage to his left hand and wrist. The injury has kept him from being able to work since. Harun was interviewed in the middle of a very crowded Oscar Grant Plaza on the day of the General Strike in Oakland, November 2nd. The second video captures the events described above at Washington and 8th Street.



Battle for Occupy Oakland Post-Raid March, 10/25/11: photos
http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2011/10/31/18696301.php#18696306



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§Interview with Harun Arsalai
by Dave Id Saturday Nov 5th, 2011 2:29 AM
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§Video of march, batons, arrests, and tear gas
by Dave Id Saturday Nov 5th, 2011 2:44 AM
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by rrrebecca
Saturday Nov 5th, 2011 8:56 AM
i'm sort of glad i'm not around when the pigs beat up and torture my friends--i think i would rip their beating little piglet hearts out with my bare hands and sacrifice them to the aztec gods.

and what a bunch of cowards for hiding their faces.

all of this makes me want to go to peaceful protests with a helmet on just in case the police get bored with all the peacefulness of it and want let out their power issues
by rp
Saturday Nov 5th, 2011 12:20 PM
Kayvan Sabehgi is a 32 year old Army ranger veteran who owns an El Cerrito pub Elevation 66. He was beaten rather harshly at that big conflict on Wednesday night, suffered internal bleeding and ruptured spleen, and was brought to the hospital 18 hours later. The UK Guardian covered this.

source of links
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/11/04/1033346/-Brew-Pub-Owner-Vet-Oakland-Cops-Almost-Killed+Video-of-Beating-s-interview-%28UPDATEDx3%29?via=siderec

partial video of beating:
http://www.ktvu.com/videos/news/oakland-another-iraq-war-veteran-injured/vD5pb/

Interview with sister:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xj0M4oEXjcA
by rrrreally
Saturday Nov 5th, 2011 1:58 PM
In reality, if you were there you probably wouldn't do anything you said in your comment. You don't see a lot of cyber thugs on here, but I guess they're everywhere.
by harun arsalai
Saturday Nov 5th, 2011 2:03 PM
I hope that my story getting out will help others come forward and challenge the police. this was no isolated incident. My friend Kayvan was beaten and left in a holding cell with no medical attention. This happened a week after my beating, which happened earlier in the day which Scott Olsen was shot in the head and then had a flash grenade lobbed at his head. It doesn't stop at us three. Their was a man who had his leg broken last week for no reason, a few different poc's have told me of similar stories. The only difference is now we have a spotlight to get these stories out. If you know someone who has been injured or unjustly arrested please have them come to Occupy Oakland and we can work through this together.
by rrrebecca
Saturday Nov 5th, 2011 3:25 PM
i tear people's hearts out all the time. twice this morning in fact.
....

what do you want me to say? you are right? yeah, i guess you are. i don't really think it is possible to tear someone's heart out with a hand. or maybe i just need to be trained. either way, i am not a thug. i'm just angry that the cops get away with things like this. and even if i am a thug or if i am just a strange person, it is not worth your time. this article is not about me. it is about how the COPS ARE THUGS. lets focus on that.


by face it
Saturday Nov 5th, 2011 7:27 PM
regardless of whether or not it makes strategic sense right now to use violence against the pigs (it doesn't!), can't we all at least agree that they deserve to die?
by .
Saturday Nov 5th, 2011 8:38 PM
any word on which police agency, under the many departments participating in the mutual aide agreement, are committing this stuff? Is there a trend?

At this stuff in Oakland, and at previous protests in Berkeley, there are often police teams sent from the nearby cities, Alameda sheriff, SF Sheriff, and so forth. Last year when an officer surprisingly started shooting rubber bullets at the tuition protect at UC Berkeley, I think it was someone from the East Bay Parks Police. In 1970 when a bystander on a roof was shot by a metal bullet and killed in Berkeley, I think that was Alameda county sheriff.
It's as though the sadist bad apple contingent really gets their opportunity during events like this.
by michael
Monday Nov 7th, 2011 1:21 AM
stay strong Harun!