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article imageVideo: Man shot with rubber bullet for filming Oakland Police

By Kim I. Hartman     Nov 7, 2011 in World
Oakland - A disturbing video showing an Occupy Oakland participant filming a police line ends in violence when an unidentified police officer draws his weapon and fires at the protester hitting him directly in the face.
With tension continuing to escalate into violence in Oakland, the video clip joins dozens of others that have been posted online showing violence against demonstrators at the hands of the Oakland Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, as reported by Digital Journal.
The man can be heard in the video asking police officers, who had established a perimeter line against protesters, "Is this okay?" He repeats his question multiple times as he moves safely away from the ominous looking police force, who can be seen dressed in black riot gear, with heads and faces protected by helmets, and name tags reportedly covered with black tape, making them unrecognizable.
The shooting took place on Thursday night after the general strike, which was staged in response to the violent incident that resulted in the life-threatening injuries to Iraq war veteran Scott Olsen. The full video clip was posted to YouTube by 'antiprocon' on Saturday, Nov. 5, and details his experience.
Thirty-seconds into the video one of the officers can be seen raising his weapon and firing directly at the amateur videographer, striking him in the face with a rubber bullet. The cameraman can be heard screaming in pain and saying, "he shot me."
Antiprocon said in his video description that he 'was standing well back' from the crowd of nearly a hundred officers who were at the scene of the Occupy Oakland protest. He said, "There was no violence or confrontations of any kind underway" at the time he was shot.
Unfortunately, these type of incidents are not isolated at the Oakland movement. Dozens have been arrested in downtown Oakland where tear gas, rubber bullets, flash grenades, and beanbag rounds have been fired at protesters in response to the escalating violence and vandalism that has become commonplace at gatherings staged by the demonstrators, reports the Washington Post.
The police defend the use of non-lethal weapons against the crowd, saying they have reacted to bottles and projectiles been thrown at them by protesters and are left with no alternative to disperse the angry mob. Oakland Police said in a statement they are "committed to respecting free speech as well as maintaining the City’s responsibility to protect public health and safety."
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