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SF Commune Activists Attacked, Arrested and Hospitalized by SF State Police; March Today!
by Chris Rojas
Friday May 17th, 2013 12:48 PM
Seven San Francisco activists from the squatted social center called the SF Commune, were brutally attacked by police and arrested Thursday evening after being invited into the SF State University dorms by students there. One individual was tazed and another was reportedly shoved into a paddy wagon where police continued to viciously beat him. This happened less than 36 hours after the campus visitors were violently evicted from the SF Commune by riot-clad SWAT police on Wednesday morning. Students and activists are holding the demonstration to call for an end to campus police brutality and harassment of students and visitors. Meet on SF State campus at Malcolm X plaza at 2pm today, Friday May 17.

Students at SF State are holding a march and demonstration against SF State police brutality, today at 2pm at Malcolm X plaza in response to violent actions by campus police there, Thursday evening.

Seven San Francisco activists were brutally attacked by police and arrested Thursday evening after being invited into the SF State University dorms by students there. Several police officers were harassing a few of the individuals outside of the dorms when they chose to practice their constitutional rights by walking away. The officers followed them into the building and continued to harass them until an altercation occurred when an officer tried to grab and push one of the people involved. The police used unnecessary force in restraining the individuals and several of those involved were sent to the hospital after having sustained injuries. One individual was tazed and another was reportedly shoved into a paddy wagon where police continued to viciously beat him. There is video of the incident circulating on the internet, but much of the brutality wasn't captured on tape.

The mainstream media is spreading misinformation about the incident. They are claiming that the individuals were “unauthorized” in the dorms, even though they were invited to there by students and SFSU housing guidelines clearly permit guests. The media also highlights the fact that an officer was injured. From the information we gathered after speaking to the police, the officer suffered from heart palpitations and didn’t receive any direct physical injuries from the individuals involved.

The activists were residents of the SF Commune, an abandoned building that protesters occupied and transformed into a social center and housing for the neighborhood since April of last year. The activists, who cleaned the dilapidated building, made it habitable for the first time in years and planted a blooming garden in the backyard, were welcomed by much of the community for their efforts. The building, on 200 Broad St in the Ocean View neighborhood, was raided by dozens of riot-clad SFPD Wednesday morning, about 36 hours before the incident at SF State; 28 residents were forcibly removed and briefly detained, while three were arrested.

Students and activists are holding the demonstration to call for an end to campus police brutality and harassment of students and visitors. Meet on SF State campus at Malcolm X plaza at 2pm today, Friday May 17.
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by Chris Rojas Friday May 17th, 2013 12:48 PM
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Free Carlos and Tanya! Both are facing serious felony charges and over 100k bail.

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by Dan
Friday May 17th, 2013 6:37 PM
...what happened. Resident students called the campus police about a drunken disturbance. Other students then reported that people who weren't residents were inside the dorm and asked that they be told to leave. A fracus broke out where an attempt was made to free someone under arrest-that is a serious felony. Don't resist and follow directions and one, you won't get whacked and two, you won't end up in jail. Real simple.
by Marco
Friday May 17th, 2013 11:33 PM
THe dorm residents deny calling the cops , they also say that the drunk guy wasn't one of the invited dorm visitors and the cops clearly beat unresisting folks .
To deny that is similar to defenders of the BART police denying that Mehserle didn't mean to shoot Oscar Grant .
PS '' Dan'', are you a cop yourself or just a member of a pro-cop right wing group like the Campus Republicans ?
by hawkfeather
Saturday May 18th, 2013 7:41 AM

Anybody who believes that you won't get jacked if you just follow police orders has no real-world experience dealing w\ the police.

   *FTP* *FTP* *FTP* *FTP* *FTP* *FTP* *FTP* *FTP* *FTP* *FTP* *FTP* *FTP* *FTP* *FTP*

by t-bear
Saturday May 18th, 2013 2:47 PM
... for pigs to beat people who are unarmed and subdued.

by fladave
Saturday May 18th, 2013 3:45 PM
To those of you who believe that SFPD follows correct guidelines when it comes to detaining law abiding citizens, trust me when I say they do not care about your rights/well being. Less than 2y ago on Market Street I discovered this fact.... when the SFPD wants to f#ck with an individual, they will carry out their sic brutal practices on anyone. I've never been arrested in my 50y and consider myself to be law abiding and hardworking. I was sober, carrying groceries, bothering no one and had no reason to be stopped, questioned, cuffed, then strapped to a gurney, transported to General Hospital ICU with a tube down my throat and a catherdor(all done by SFPD officers and EMT's in a quickly moving ambulance while I tried to prevent the whole nightmare) I had no medical/psychological issue and was immediately released from the ward with the attendee asking me why I had been even brought in by EMT's? Nor was I under arrest for breaking the law. Only reason, I had smarted off to a cop who was harassing a homeless man I help from time to time. Certainly my few off the cuff remarks did not require the invasive procedures and action or force they inflicted and psychological trauma I've endured. I hail from the deep South where police are pretty tough and play by their own rules. But I never had my rights/person violated as I did that Saturday afternoon in San Francisco!
by colected
Saturday May 18th, 2013 4:22 PM
like stevie ray said, that's a cold shot, what cops do.