What you missed…

November 14, 2011
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The following is a message not from the Occupy Portland General Assembly, but rather is what has been reported to the Occupy Portland Web Team:

Justin - Peace, Rock and Roll

Justin - Peace, Rock and Roll

Police said no officers or people arrested were injured during the park clearance. What the police didn’t publicize is that they trashed Occupy Portland’s American Sign Language interpreter, Justin, unconscious. After his beating, he was hauled off by the clothing around his neck, where he gasped and pleaded for air until he passed out. Justin was not arrested, so the police statement remains true***we are now receiving news that arrestees were injured, more information available soon***

After a conversation with Justin, over the phone, one occupier reports that our ASL interpreter (and groovy guitarist) has no feeling in his right leg and cannot use his arm, which allows Occupy Portland interpret for those in our community who communicate by signing.

The following video includes footage of a beating, shot from the crowd. What appears to be Justin can be seen around 8:40.


Justin Bridges

from elaraefae's flickr

116 Responses to What you missed…

  1. told youso on November 14, 2011 at 5:39 am

    The police are the 99% remember! Say nothing bad about them, ever.

    • Elizabeth on November 14, 2011 at 8:08 am

      The police are the 99%. Unfortunately, some people will act in horrible ways because they are “doing a job”. Have you ever studied the Nazi movement in Germany? People murdered and tortured other people because they were “in authority”. Educate yourself!

      • told youso on November 14, 2011 at 12:09 pm

        If they weren’t doing anything wrong they wouldn’t have anything to fear from the police. period.

        • Adam on November 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm

          Usually I would take issue with this kind of statement, but it looked to me like PDX police were very careful not to abuse their power.

          People who did nothing wrong and willingly left the park did so without issue. Those who didn’t were arrested. Those who resisted arrest experienced what it’s like to be unwillingly arrested. And those who were violent were stopped by force. This is how policing should work.

          Thanks PDX cops for soing a great job, and thanks to the protesters who respect the rule of law.

          (Anarchists who think police should not exist need not respond to this)

      • Adam on November 14, 2011 at 2:05 pm

        This isn’t Nazi Germany. In fact, I think our cops handled the situation very professionally and did exactly as I would expect them to.

        I was shocked, having heard that anarchists were coming in to foment violence, that only a couple people were injured and only one arrest for violent behavior. Even if it turns out there were a few more, I was expected dozens at least and one or more deaths would not have surprised me.

        I know you don’t WANT there to be any repercussions at all for breaking the law, but I do. Even if I agree with many of your ideals, I don’t think breaking park usage ordinances is useful in any way. And resisting arrest has to be taken seriously by the police if they are to be a useful tool against crime.

      • Mark F on November 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm

        To be clear, the Nazi party was the
        national SOCIALIST workers party….that would be a workers union. Just a reminder.
        Markf

    • aaron armsworthy on November 14, 2011 at 8:35 am

      i would come down there but im afraid crimedog mcgruff brainwashed to many of the youths to turn their parents in for throwin firecrackers.The police are part of the 99%? yet they violated your constitutional rights used intimidation in some cases beat people up hundreds of arrest,you kids are confused next youll be tellin the police on people for smelling bad.I cant come down there and support you guys i would probably wind up in jail and it would be cause of one of you snitchin.

      • Xplo on November 14, 2011 at 10:22 am

        Good riddance. This is a peaceful movement. Smelly, chest-thumping police agitators and vandals can kindly fuck off.

        • told youso on November 14, 2011 at 12:07 pm

          You tell ‘em Xplo, justin deserved what he got. Anyone that breaks the law should get dealt with to send a clear message about who this movement represents.

          • Xplo on November 14, 2011 at 1:22 pm

            Reading comprehension fail. What Justin deserved was to be valued and appreciated for his public service.

            I think what you meant to say is “anyone who breaks the law should be used an an example to compel the people to obey the directives of the elite”, you coward.

          • told youso on November 14, 2011 at 2:44 pm

            Xplo, you are the coward! If you are supporting this illegal act then you are being violent, people like you are destroying the peaceful occupy movement! We agreed on NON-VIOLENCE and you are supporting violence with the language of non-violence, you told aaron off, but you are NO BETTER! Please go back to your violent criminals and leave the rest of us peaceful occupying citizens in PEACE! We are the 99% and I hope that you end up in jail for your criminal violence!

        • Mark F on November 14, 2011 at 6:02 pm

          I would like to see the video of the peacefull protesters, i haven’t seen that one yet.
          Mark f

      • Markbird on November 14, 2011 at 10:37 am

        Anyone who believes that the throwing of that firecracker was a small thing is an idiot. That act had the potential of getting a lot of people very hurt, and whoever threw it either knew that and didn’t care, or is too stupid to deserve a place side by side with people trying to be effective in civil disobedience.
        I know what it is like to be held down and beaten by a number of angry police officers. I believe in civil disobedience and I believe in standing firm, but anyone who believes that starting a police riot is winning strategy is a fool. One who has never seen what angry cops are really capable of.

  2. Lwampach on November 14, 2011 at 6:33 am

    I am also what you call one of the 99%. I have been unemployed for over a year but at least my husband still has a job. We have economized and are getting by and we are still paying all of our taxes. One big issue we resent is that you are wasting all of that hard-earned money that we pay towards taxes. How much will this protest cost us? This is not going to cost Wall Street any money; we are the ones that are going to pay for all of the police overtime, maintenance for the parks and any legal issues. No one knows what your movement stands for, other than life isn’t fair. Guess what? We already know that. If you really want to make a difference, run for office. That is the only way to make a non-violent change.

    • occupypdxer on November 14, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Hasn’t it been proven time and time again that politicians are the problem and not the solution?

    • Bongo on November 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      The City of Portland will have to pay over $450,000 for police overtime pay just for this last weekend. Add that to the $300,000 already billed and think of how much assistance to the poor or homeless that money could have provided.

      Shame on you Occupy Portland!

    • Mark F on November 14, 2011 at 5:56 pm

      Sorry, they are not protesting the people that are causing the problems. This is political. Protest at your university if the cost is to high. Why at a park? Protest in front of the white house if you don’t like the policies, or is the wrong political party in power for that?
      They make no sense, they have lost momentum and have become irrelevant. The peacefull protesters will now give way to violent frustrated protesters. Let me quess, they will be justified…..

  3. justsaying on November 14, 2011 at 6:49 am

    “Critical Condition”… but he’s chatting on the phone?

    Somebody is exaggerating his injuries. Critical care requires care in either ICU or CCU… you’re not talking on the phone to your friends while you’re in either.

    • patrick on November 14, 2011 at 6:53 am

      I am not sure what condition he was in when he talked on the phone, hours after the being beaten. Do you know how I can confirm Justin’s condition upon entry to the hospital?

      • justsaying on November 14, 2011 at 7:53 am

        You need to be able to identify him by name. They will only be able to give you his general condition.

        Condition and Location of Patients:

        Inquiries that identify the patient by name
        Information about the patient’s general condition and location of an inpatient, outpatient or emergency department patient may be released only if the inquiry specifically identifies the patient by name. No information may be given if a request does not include a specific patient’s name or if the patient requests that the information not be released. This includes inquiries from the press.

        Release of patient’s general condition and location:

        As long as the patient has not requested that information be withheld, the patient’s one-word condition may be provided to individuals who inquire about the patient by without obtaining prior patient authorization.

        Condition:

        For the one-word condition, use the terms “undetermined,” “good,” “fair,” “serious” or “critical.” Definitions of patient conditions are listed below:
        Undetermined – Patient is awaiting physician and/or assessment.

        Good – Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are excellent.

        Fair – Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious, but may be uncomfortable. Indicators are favorable.

        Serious – Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.

        Critical – Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.

    • melodie on November 14, 2011 at 7:17 am

      having spent thousands of hours in the icu as a physical therapist, i can assure you many patients are capable of talking on the phone and regularly do so. criteria to be admitted or remain in an intensive care unit depends on the amount of nurisng/physician monitoring a patient needs NOT the patients physical abilities or lack of!

  4. LOL passed out! on November 14, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Lol, I love it, he passed out and is now partially paralyzed. This is the best you can do?

    • patrick on November 14, 2011 at 7:03 am

      I do not have information on why Justin has reported that he has lost feeling in his leg or why he cannot use his arm. It may be as simple as his arm is in a sling and he is on painkillers. It may be as serious as paralyzed. The man has been injured while the police report no injuries. There have been injuries due to their actions.

  5. deception on November 14, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Critical condition, by definition, requires care in a critical care or intensive care unit. In general, it’s the worst condition (other than, obviously, DOA) a patient can be in, with a high risk of death within the next 24 hours. Someone in critical condition is not able to talk on the phone. I wish the person who was taking pictures (to the right of the screen)would post them on this site. I think they would give the best view of what happened.

    • patrick on November 14, 2011 at 7:13 am

      Making update, as I do not know how to confirm his condition at the moment.

      Does “serious injury” also have a technical definition as well?

      • justsaying on November 14, 2011 at 8:01 am

        yes.

        Serious – Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.

  6. deception on November 14, 2011 at 7:03 am

    “According to reports from the hospital”…check your HIPAA laws. Hospitals are prohibited from releasing any information regarding patients. They cannot even confirm if someone has been treated or admitted.

    • Liane on November 14, 2011 at 7:23 am

      You are wrong. A hospital CAN give out someone’s condition if you call and have the name.

      And anyway, how do you know the hospital was giving the reports? Do you think that nobody went to the hospital? How do you know it wasn’t a relative of Justin’s who gave the report?

      • justsaying on November 14, 2011 at 7:59 am

        The original version of this post stated he was in “Critical Condition” when the author was talking to him on the phone… which sounds like a bit of an exaggeration.

        You are correct that the one-word condition of the patient (good, stable, fair, critical) can be given out if you have the patient’s name (unless the patient has requested nothing be released).

  7. Kathy on November 14, 2011 at 7:25 am

    Please don’t exaggerate, I believe in your cause but believe
    inaccurate reporting trying to make one side look worse hurts you.
    I can’t see anything in the video that would make me feel I knew what happened.
    I don’t want to see anybody get hurt. And hope he’s okay.
    Yesterday I was there and a man in front of me, I suspect a regular,
    yelled out that the police had weapons and were going to start shooting people. If I could have dragged him off I would have. He’s a jerk,and sets an image you don’t need. Other than that, I felt there was a lot of emphasis on peaceful protest.

    • patrick on November 14, 2011 at 7:54 am

      I personally had a gun (loaded with non-lethal ammunition in it) pointed at me. It was scary. It would have hurt. The PPB PIO did acknowledge they had authority to use these guns.

    • Xplo on November 14, 2011 at 8:00 am

      I just watched the video and clearly saw riot cops beating someone repeatedly with batons, although it’s hard to see who they’re beating.

      I had the same skepticism as you when I first got wind of it last night, but this story appears to have some meat on it.

    • Elizabeth on November 14, 2011 at 8:00 am

      It’s in the videos, and I am sure more videos will surface. You don’t see those clubs being raised high into the air and brought down with force on protesters. Watch again and open your eyes, mind and heart. It is disgusting and violent.

  8. Laughter on November 14, 2011 at 7:38 am

    You edited out a portion of the video at 0:35. What was in the video that you didn’t want to show us?

    Show us the full video, and then we can make a judgement as to what happened.

    • patrick on November 14, 2011 at 8:01 am

      Send a message to the person who did uploading via youtube requesting the raw file. I am not that person, and had similar interests.
      Report your findings, please.

    • Mark F on November 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm

      That is the LAST thing they want. You should take THEIR word for it. Good catch.
      Regards,
      Markf

  9. Kairos on November 14, 2011 at 7:50 am

    A little knowledge is a dangerous thing, folks.

    About HIPAA: He may have told his nurse to go ahead and give out information to callers. Under HIPAA laws, can do that.

    About what “critical” condition is: Depending on the situation, the facility and the judgement of the doctor, a person can be in critical condition and still talk and even stand or walk (though not in this instance, I guess?) Not every patient in ICU or CCU is intubated and sedated.

    Unless someone visits the man and sees it with their own eyes, there is no point in arguing about what is or isn’t possible.

    I don’t know the man, but I wish him a full and speedy recovery. To everyone else: peace and be well!

    • patrick on November 14, 2011 at 7:59 am

      We’re sending friends over to send best wishes and get a first hand report.

      • Kairos on November 14, 2011 at 8:38 am

        Thank you for the information, Patrick.

        Don’t let the trolls (who obviously get their information about hospitals and medical conditions from their mother’s best friend’s cousin) get you down. You’ve been really patient.

        • patrick on November 14, 2011 at 8:49 am

          We watched Justin get dragged by his legs after beaten with sticks. It’s savage behavior.

          • Mark F on November 14, 2011 at 5:46 pm

            YOU are a liar. With all the cameras, we would be watching the video. Troll…..
            With no due respect,
            Markf

    • justsaying on November 14, 2011 at 8:10 am

      That is not completely true. HIPAA guidelines define the 4 conditions that can be released (if you have the person’s name and he has not requested the information be kept private). A patient in ICU and CCU will not have access to a cell phone and phones are not easily accessible.

      Release of patient’s general condition and location
      As long as the patient has not requested that information be withheld, the patient’s one-word condition may be provided to individuals who inquire about the patient by without obtaining prior patient authorization.
      Condition
      For the one-word condition, use the terms “undetermined,” “good,” “fair,” “serious” or “critical.” Definitions of patient conditions are listed below:
      Undetermined – Patient is awaiting physician and/or assessment.

      Good – Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are excellent.

      Fair – Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious, but may be uncomfortable. Indicators are favorable.

      Serious – Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.

      Critical – Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.

  10. stephanie on November 14, 2011 at 7:52 am

    be sure to call the legal #…anyone who witnessed the beating…

    • Chuck on November 14, 2011 at 11:53 am

      Yea that’s what we need, more public money wasted in courts! This is why being employeed is so important, people get bored and need to cast blame rather than take responsibility, rather than perform effective public action. Once you’ve pushed a police officer in front of a bus and thown fire-bombs, you’ve become the like of a terrorist – there is only 1 solution to that.

      • Mark F on November 14, 2011 at 5:43 pm

        They don’t care about wasting the peoples money, they want to crash the system. Lennon called them “usefull idiots”. If they get what they want they will be the FIRST people put down by their own “new” government. THAT will be the FIRST(and last)
        police state they have seen. They don’t have any idea what is about to happen to them.
        Try reading some history….
        Regards, Markf

  11. Daniel on November 14, 2011 at 7:59 am

    I am an ASL interpreter. I would love to be a part and provide accessibility for Deaf participants in Occupy Portland. I have a baby due in a week, but I can be available to interpret for some meetings before then. I can also put out the word to other interpreters to try to find someone else that could help me out. Contact me with any needs or more information at DanielEMroz@gmail.com

  12. Kyle on November 14, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Someone threw a Molotov cocktail at the court building
    Three people OD’d
    Someone destroyed a police car (from a different city but in Portland).
    We’ve caused a lot of damage to public parks.
    We provoked the cops quite a bit.

    No offense, but I think they overall did a good job. It’s not clear from that video that anyone was hit, and it was time for us to clear out peacefully, which most of us did, but not everyone. Portland has been reasonable. Let’s not be jerks about it. Sam is right when he says our movement needs to evolve.

    • Mark F on November 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm

      Someone threw a Molotov cocktail at the court building
      Three people OD’d
      Someone destroyed a police car (from a different city but in Portland).
      We’ve caused a lot of damage to public parks.
      We provoked the cops quite a bit

      Shame on YOU occupy Portland.
      Mark f

  13. Robert M. Koretsky on November 14, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I was there and witnessed not only that video footage, but also along the south edge of the police cordon, and the police were brutal with anyone that didn’t move. If you resisted their pushes, you were clubbed, as is shown in the video.

  14. Mr. Fox on November 14, 2011 at 8:30 am

    I wanted to say something to address at the next GA meeting but wont be able to make any of the GA meetings this week, and if someone could pass this idea on I think it is worth the conversation…I think OP should volunteer to clean up the parks to show the city and community that the movement is not a destructive movement, just occupying one place to the next leaving it in shambles…this should be a way to show the city that we are not a bunch of reckless kids but responsible individuals with clear goals and messages…I hope someone will read this and apply this to a GA meeting. All the best to OP.

    ~ Mr. Fox

    • patrick on November 14, 2011 at 9:05 am

      That offer has been made, but the park is closed and our volunteering would be illegal. The park is closed.

      • Adam on November 14, 2011 at 10:07 am

        Why exactly didn’t you people clean up your f**king mess before you left?

      • Mccoy on November 14, 2011 at 12:48 pm

        Then pay for the clean up!!

        • Ben on November 14, 2011 at 7:25 pm

          paying for it just puts money back into politics. We have plenty of willing volunteers.

  15. jordan on November 14, 2011 at 8:32 am

    SHAME ON YOU PORTLAND POLICE BEATING PEOPLE..IT HAS GONE ON FOR YEARS IN THIS TOWN..NOW THE CHIEF WHO SAYS THIS BEHAVIOR IS OK WANTS TO BE MAYOR…WOW……….SHAME AWARD GOES TO MAYOR SAM ADAMS, PORTLAND POLICE, AND CHIEF OF POLICE REESE……..WOW

  16. megan on November 14, 2011 at 8:32 am

    Being a witness to this yesterday still has me reeling. It was appalling to see the police state the park became yesterday. I bore witness to the police marching with too much authority (like when a group of them, hands on batons, riot-geared out chanted, “whose parks? our parks?” In true Occupy spirit, they were kindly reminded that they, too, are the 99%.

    Yesterday, I am sorry to say that I lost faith in the idealistic city I moved to and the political forces at work.

    I bore witness to the steadfast moral principles and the peacefulness of the Occupy kids, even as the batons were raised, even as they were hauled off in ambulances, even as they were cuffed and placed into paddy wagons.

    The two groups (the police and Occupy), unfortunately, lied in stark contrast to one another. As a result of yesterday, I know where my loyalty lies.

    Thank you, Occupy, for reminding me of what I stand for. I look forward to being a part of the peaceful activity to come.

    • Mark F on November 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm

      WOW, i missed the video of the beatings. I don’t think you have any. (that would make you a liar) If you are peacefull, and that mob was not, you must leave when the police tell you. That was nothing but a lawless mob. Thank you for reminding ME what you stand for.
      Mark f

    • Chuck on November 15, 2011 at 1:07 pm

      And just what is it you stand for??? That is what is unclear! The 1st Amendment is the freedom to gather for a reason, not just to be a nuisance. There’s campgrounds and Mt Hood for camping. Woodstock was many, many years ago and yes Elvis is dead.

      Occupy got off scott-free. One of these events is going to delay emergency services, someone will die and Occupy will be guilty of murder.

      Occupy spaces filling out job applications, occupy a cubicle, occupy a home and family, occupy the soup kitchen if you wish. Demonstrate in a way that matters, not destroys public property, prevents emergency vehicle access, gets people hurt. I suppose if media and goventment just left you alone and didn’t champion you cause – whatever it is – you’d eventually get the message and get creative and effective.

  17. [...] The release, displayed on the homepage of the site, adds that the alleged victim lost feeling in his right leg, and use of one of his arms, hindering his ability to relay messages to deaf protesters. [...]

  18. Duckquack on November 14, 2011 at 8:46 am

    He had a broken back already from an accident, the man who was hospitalized. He begged and screamed to be left alone because he has a broken back. He was answered by the police shoving him against a wall and beating him with batons and fists, then an officer jumped on his back with a knee. THAT is why he is having trouble feeling from the waist down. And NO, no information can be given out AT ALL under HIPAA guidelines unless the patient signs a release of information act that usually includes specific people, as in, they must be named.

    • Mccoy on November 14, 2011 at 1:06 pm

      Idiot should not have been there, another poor choice to blame others on…..

      • aleph.charles on November 14, 2011 at 1:25 pm

        Shame on you “Mccoy”!

        • Mccoy on November 14, 2011 at 2:56 pm

          You all were asked to leave and you didn’t do it, wtf do you expect?

          • Devan on November 14, 2011 at 6:17 pm

            To exercise our constitutional right to peaceably assemble and petition our government with a redress of grievances (sometimes that takes time). It’s called the 1st Amendment in the Bill of Rights. It seems clear you only believe in the 1st Amendment if it satisfies your own personal belief that it is a warranted cause. Thousands of people showed up to show their support…thousands… and we drove the police back with sheer numbers of people who have awakened regardless of the police saying/lying that it was part of their plan to not enforce eviction right away all along. It is the corporate media zombies who don’t understand the sheer volume of this populist movement and the power it holds to change many of the outrageous and sick policies of our “Country”. That’s the real McCoy. There is going to be peaceful revolution in this country and those who were too entrenched in their own brain-washed bubbles to join in will feel like they missed the bus and, ultimately, understand that they were betraying their country because they were betraying the constitution. I know you are a troll McCoy and would normally ignore you but sometimes I like to tell trolls to go back under the bridge where they belong. The rest of us will be on the bridge, heading to a just world. Some of us will even see if you are ok, need some food or blankets, show you love and see if you are ready.

          • Mccoy on November 14, 2011 at 10:43 pm

            Wow Devan, less than 1% of the population joined you. Trust me, I am doing just fine thanks to corporate america.

    • Chris on November 16, 2011 at 4:20 am

      Whaahh!!! Yes, this jumping protagonistic idiot was seriously injured. Watch the videos of him jumping and twisting around just hours before. He’s a faker and liar. He got exactly what he asked for and is using it to get sympathetic attention from sadsacks like you. And no, the first amendment does not mean it is the number one right of Americans. It simply means you can try to interject your ideas as long as you are not otherwise breaking the law.

  19. Setback in our ocupation status… | on November 14, 2011 at 9:58 am

    [...] allows Occupy Portland interpret for those in our community who communicate by signing.” http://occupyportland.org/2011/11/14/missed/ Youtube video: http://youtu.be/0BtLxuh88ck Current Status: Regrouping and deciding what to do next. [...]

  20. Rel on November 14, 2011 at 10:00 am

    I find it interesting that with Occupy Portland there are supposed to be 2 groups, the “real” protesters and the “non-real” (people waiting for violence) from what I saw Sat. night all of the genuine protesters said they would take being arrested peacefully and would go limp.
    In the video you obviously see people shoving up against the police in complete opposition to being peaceful.
    So either the “real” protesters lied and got what they deserved (It’s a felony to lay hands aggressively on a police office, it’s called battery.) or the “non-real” protesters tried to spark riotous actions and in turn got what they deserved.
    I personally believed in this movement originally but it’s turned into a ghost of it’s original mission, the movement should be actively taking steps for change, like they did with pulling bank accounts and going to credit unions owned by the people. This is a great step in showing that we won’t be swayed.
    Shoving police and daring them to take action is going to deface the moment, sorry but those men and woman are part of the 99% and you know what? They risk there lives everyday they step out of their house, they don’t deserve any of this. But part of that job was to clear our a part, watch the video, the police didn’t charge in with tear gas or swinging batons, they gave 9hrs after a legal demand to leave, you don’t leave you break the law. Fighting police just drives supports away from Occupy and from the real problem, big banks and wallstreet.

    • Chuck on November 14, 2011 at 11:48 am

      Bingo!

    • Elizabeth on November 14, 2011 at 12:31 pm

      Oh bologna! The protesters were standing ground waiting to be arrested. Instead of arresting them, the police were shoving them out of the park and beating them with their clubs. Some of the protesters got upset after the police beatings and shoving started. You have not seen all the videos yet. It is also battery for the police to beat people for not moving out of their way, instead of calmly arresting them. Of course some of the 99% are going to be ordered to turn on and attack the 99%. The 1% can’t do it!

      • Mccoy on November 14, 2011 at 4:17 pm

        You actually think that the top 1% cares at all about what you bottom 1% are doing? lol!

      • Mark F on November 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm

        Funny, i didn’t see anyone beaten with a club. Just because YOU say it doesn’t make it true. If there was video of that we would be watching it, and with all the cameras someone would have evidence. You are not the 99%, you are pathetic.
        Markf

    • Ally on November 14, 2011 at 1:44 pm

      THIS comment. To the enth degree.

  21. Jenn on November 14, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Maybe your concerns would be a little better respected if you could try typing a full paragraph without keeping the caps lock on. I’ve worked in jobs where I’ve been responsible for reading/addressing complaints and notes like yours tend to be a little harder to take seriously because it ends up looking like some pissed off teenager wrote it.

    If you’re that bothered by the idea of the Chief becoming the next mayor, organize a group to reach out and appeal to others so that he can’t get enough support.

  22. ios on November 14, 2011 at 10:25 am

    from the oregonian:
    http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/11/occupy_portland_protester_says.html
    justin is in fair condition and expects to be released from the hospital today.
    it doesn’t sound like he was the person getting batoned in the video, but yes: he was injured in the police action.

    • Bongo on November 14, 2011 at 2:23 pm

      And he deserved every bit of it, too.

  23. Devan on November 14, 2011 at 10:35 am

    Justin,

    Sending you wishes of healing and solidarity!

  24. Chuck on November 14, 2011 at 11:45 am

    While there is a valid point to protest, being a public nusiance is not an effective method. Public money is wasted, time is wasted, people get hurt, business suffer and effort is lost. All in all it makes an overall bad image of the protesters. Bank of America was going to charge $5.00 a month fee for debit cards – people wrote letters, complained and left for other banks and credit unions… no more $5.00 fee!! That is effective public action. Get together and think “how can we effectively combat offshore banking derivitives, JPMorgan and Goldman Sachs – and government waste”. The answer to this is the avenue to effective change.

    • Ben on November 14, 2011 at 7:17 pm

      Getting together to think about that is what occupy is about. We need a public space and political debates that aren’t controlled by the very bankers you want to combat. Public money is not wasted. Nobody is asking the state to spend millions on the police. Don’t blame OWS.

  25. Rel on November 14, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    Alot of people are trying to devalue the gesture of the firework, the horses the police had are huge stock, just stepping on someone they could cause deathly damage, yes they made an intimidating gesture, but they purposely didn’t push anything that could cause harm, psychologically they tried to break up large gatherings before they started to get the mob mentality. That firework spooked the horses, and had the mounted officers not been able to get them back under control (And the riot officers did a great job of risking themselves and forcing a buffer circle around them) People would of gotten hurt, and you know it would have been concidered the “polices fault” for it.
    The “real” protesters need to step up and single out people doing stuff like this, if you’re not willing to point out who did violence than you’re no better. If you witness a crime being committed and do nothing you deserve to share the punishment.

    • Chuck on November 14, 2011 at 12:53 pm

      Yes!

    • Carlos Blanco on November 14, 2011 at 1:14 pm

      What is not reported is that the individual who threw a firework was forced out of the park by those protestors who were witness to it. He was handed over to police who did us all the favor of arresting him.

      • told youso on November 14, 2011 at 6:30 pm

        Thank you Carlos, Yes! Just like with this, the police arrested a criminal and did us a favor! I can’t tell but I hope that it was people within occupy portland that handed Justin over, and they should be congratulated if that is the case.

  26. PDXGoBlazers on November 14, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    This post and video completely goes against what the occupy movement was about. I honestly have no idea why in the world you decided to upload it.
    The occupy movement was originally meant to bring attention and change to unethical corporate tactics and negligence in big-bank business strategy which cost many hard-working people their homes, livelihood and a fair return for their efforts.
    The occupy movement is NOT about “The people vs. the police.” It is NOT about anarchist views of the police being controlled by the corporations and oppressing the people. It is NOT about anything that any occupier was chanting. If anything, this video is a poor attempt to shift the focus of the entire movement from what it should be, into something that divides the people further.
    Long story short – This kind of diversion is a disgrace to the Occupy Movement. If you want to get people involved in the police bit, do it somewhere else with some other movement but leave it at the door. I support the original intentions of the movement, but I do not support people that try to undermine it by sticking in their own agenda and trying to say that it’s one and the same.

  27. Kit Karson on November 14, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    I saw the so called beating, it did not occur as stated. The individual was clearly not following a lawful order and had to be physicaly moved. He was not beaten with batons, he was placed out of the way of the mob, and protected until professional help arrived. The occupy movement has been identified as a bunch of civil anarchist, attempting to provoke our civil servants ( Police ) into a compromising position so as to sue the city. You have obstructed the normal flow of traffic, trashed the public parks, caused untold destruction against the very people you propose to represent, reverted to criminal vandalism, deny any wrong doing, and bring a bad name to your city. Your movement is over, the nation has woke up and your organization is broken and disbanded. You all look like a bunch of fools now. Please go home and leave us all alone and quit destroying our beautiful citys and parks. Stop the panhandling, and whining. Just go home.

    • Maya on November 14, 2011 at 4:07 pm

      THANK YOU! This movement has become embarrassing. The people left in the park yesterday were not members of the once peaceful movement. If they had listened to the city’s request for them to leave, they would not have been in the position in the first place. Instead of focusing their daily efforts on lobbying to congress, writing federal representatives, studying policy or doing SOMETHING to actually change the structure of wealth in our country they instead have now wasted hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for the public employees’ salaries to pick up the mess they have made. It is so frustrating and embarrassing to be a part of the 99% and have to deal with the shitty mess they have made out of a potentially powerful movement.

    • Ben on November 14, 2011 at 7:23 pm

      The public spaces don’t belong to you so that you can prevent people from having public, unmoderated political participation. We aren’t going anywhere

  28. MONDAY READ: » 99GetSmart on November 14, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    [...] Occupy Portland notes: [...]

  29. patrick on November 14, 2011 at 1:29 pm

    Show me what a police state looks like.

    • Rel on November 14, 2011 at 2:12 pm

      Since I would assume you mean Police as in these police officers above, and based on the average income of a police officer which would put them in the middle class (part of the 99%) I would say a police state looks about the same as an Occupy Portland state.

      • Mark F on November 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm

        “I would say a police state looks about the same as an Occupy Portland state.”
        Except the police are follwing the law and the people in the video are breaking it. Screaming “we are a peacefull movement” is not the same as being one. They look like a violent mob.
        Mark f

    • Steve on November 14, 2011 at 3:17 pm

      How about North Korea?

      Where citizens have only recently been permitted to own cell phones, but are NOT allowed to access the internet.

    • Chuck on November 14, 2011 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you Steve – need more people exposing this folly.. If you have a cell phone, you’re not poor. If you can afford to walk about with your pants around your thighs, your not poor (well maybe but it’s your own fault you don’t have a job looking like you couldn’t walk fast enough help a customer without falling over yourself!) If you an afford to parade about in the streets rather than beat-feat looking for a job – well ’nuff said.

      • ben on November 14, 2011 at 7:09 pm

        So Chuck, your political opinion is that everyone should either be at their job, shutting up, or looking for a job. Meanwhile, money should run the country. Your theory of political participation is more fitting for North Korea, while we’re on the topic.

        We’re not going anywhere. Nice try.

  30. oppdx on November 14, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    If Justin wants his information to be released, he could sign a HIPAA compliant authorization authorizing the hospital to release his information to a friend who could then release it to the public or however Justin sees fit. If that’s what Justin wants to do, he should probably also sign something telling the friend exactly what he wants the friend to do with the information. An example of a HIPAA authorization can be found here:

    http://vflmbp.cjoint.net/en/

    Hospitals normally charge a fee for record requests. Obviously the decision to release personal information such as medical records is not one that should be taken lightly and Justin may wish to consult with an attorney before doing so.

    • Chris on November 16, 2011 at 4:10 am

      Or Justin can just request them himself and do whatever he wants with them. No attorney needed.

  31. Bongo on November 14, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    Justin is a faker. What a drama queen. He’s already being booted out of the hospital, so he wasn’t really hurt. Hope he enjoyed his mud/feces bath at the park. LOL!

    • Mama on November 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm

      BOOTED OUT? Nope, my friends just recent visited him. He is still in hospital and will get release this late evening.

  32. satori on November 14, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    tried hard, can’t see the action that brought the guy in baggy jeans down. do see the torso of a guy in baggy jeans being pulled across the ground by OPD…really wish I could make out how he became a “man down”. really like the guy chanting, “KEEP IT PEACEFUL, THIS IS A PEACEFUL PROTEST, THERE”S A CAR HERE”..way to go dude..who was this masked man?

  33. Hawk M on November 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Justin James Bridges, 1 of the nicest and respectful persons i have met, Beaten for interpreting instructions, now i have heard all of the excuses that a person can give for abuse of power. I think the Chief of Portland PD the mayor Sam Adams and even the asst chief should be fired without question. the cry of poverty is not enough, the stores crying because the lost a couple dollars business, should definitely be ashamed of yourselves, I believe people should just boycott everything, let these businesses and corporations make nothing, because we know the ignorance of the local government is as corrupt as Washington, we just haven’t caught them yet. Justin my good friend if you read this, I’m with ya man, and I sincerely hope you are talking to attorneys about a suit against Sam Adams and the Portland PD. I used to be proud of where i live, but now i’m not so sure. The fact of the Patriot Act even being in existence stems for just this reason it was never about the terrorist, it was how to control the people.

  34. Tony Peniche on November 14, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Yesterday the news was all over this story and I decided to go film and tell your story in a non-bias way.
    Here is the video-
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0YFiF1Gn2N4&feature=youtube_gdata_player

  35. David Matthews » Whither Occupy? on November 14, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    [...] What you missed . . . [...]

  36. [...] Portland notes: After a conversation with Justin, over the phone, one occupier reports that our ASL [American sign [...]

  37. deception on November 14, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    Justin and all of the people who stayed in the park after being given three days to vacate placed themselves in danger. Not in danger of police brutality but in danger of being trampled to death. The police may have saved Justin’s life when he was pushed to the ground by the crowd. They pulled him to safety. The fact that he remained at the park with a “broken back” attests to his poor judgement. His back would have been the least of his injuries if the crowd had trampled him. It is funny how people seem to think that it was acceptable for a crowd that greatly outnumbered the police to advance on the police. The police were smart. They retreated, drew the crowd away from the park, waited them out and moved in when it was safe for everyone to empty the parks. I am one of the many Americans who has lost their home, their job, their pension and much more. Rather than sleep in a park I have been motivated by the Occupy movement to educate myself on how we really got in this mess and what we can all do to make sure this doesn’t happen again. I urge the protesters to get out and support proposed legislation that will put the proper regulations in place. Petition for tax reform. Losing everything was a real blow but sitting around blaming others and wallowing in my loss is not going to bring it back. I have sold my car, furniture and simplified my life. I took my social security early and am collecting $500 less than I would if I had been able to work an additional 4 years. I got on a waiting list for income restricted housing (took 9 months). This is not the retirement I expected but I am still better off than some. Anger and hate will not make anyone feel better and it will not fix anything.

    • Chuck on November 15, 2011 at 10:58 am

      Thank you for this… My son called it like he saw it on TV, some kid who lives at home with desiner perscription glasses a pea coat, nice scarf and we’re guessing Calvin Klein jeans stammering about social justice…. It’s called boredom and mob-mentality.

  38. deception on November 14, 2011 at 7:10 pm

    Just read this from the Mercury interview with Justin…

    “if Bridges does pursue legal action—as he says he will”

    “I got caught in the crowd and my back got pushed up against a concrete trash can and I fell on to the ground.”

    Seems to me that if he suffered any injury it was due to him getting caught in the crowd, having his back pushed up against a concrete trash can and falling on the ground.

    And now he is going to claim police brutality and sue! Jeez!!!!

    While his arm is hurt, Bridges hopes to be released from the hospital today because he’s a medical marijuana patient, but is not allowed to have marijuana in Legacy Emanuel.

    • Tiffany on November 14, 2011 at 8:45 pm

      You all got exactly what you wanted…antagonizing the police, who btw, are just DOING THEIR JOBS! thanks for destroying our parks and reducing them to a couple of drug covered landfills. The police did a fine job and they have much to be proud of…the protesters in this video though, I can’t say the same for. MY tax dollars are now going to be used to clean up the mess you left behind, and to pay the overtime wages the police racked up while BABYSITTING abunchof rowdy kids looking for action. Sorry, you all have not fooled me and the people I work with.

  39. nowoccupy on November 15, 2011 at 3:56 am

    “We must state that we already understand the historical truth that whoever fires the first shot often loses the war.” – from The New Common Sense http://pastebin.com/gm2UV08D

  40. Chuck on November 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Yes – “The United States constitution explicitly provides for ‘the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances’” in the First Amendment.

    Has anyone seen the Occupy petition of grievances??

    You do not have the right to block the public right of way, to interfer with emergency vehicle access, to destroy public property…

    Occupy is mob. I haven’t heard 1 definative statement of purpose; and a young boy in designer rx glasses, a pea-jacket, nice scarf and probably Calvin Klein jeans is not “homeless” except that his parents may be embarassed to have him come home after that little TV stunt!

  41. deception on November 15, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    Carefully viewing this and many other videos is very telling. This group is not peaceful. If you watch very closely you will see things being thrown, people screaming in the faces of the police waving their arms. Look at 10:25 min…on this video the guy in the blue jacket is not peaceful.He is screaming and has his face almost touching the officers face shield. It is also interesting that the video that was posted under this headline yesterday has been removed. It was claimed that the video showed police beating Justin Bridges. If you study these videos you will see that what was claimed to be police beating Justin. (look at 10:25 min on this video). Police are pulling one girl from the crowd who is being shoved into the police and falling down. Police are not beating anyone they are swinging their batons to get people to move and also striking one protester on the hands to make him let go of another officers baton. If you watch the entire video carefully you will see Justin Bridges in the crowd walking around shouting… not signing. At 13:08 (long after the time on the video that was claimed as the police beating him he is walking around)
    The baton swinging on yesterdays video was to the right and Justin is the the far left of the crowd.

    • Chris on November 16, 2011 at 4:07 am

      I so agree! This is a guy that claims to have previously had a broken back and so the police should handle him like he is injured. Just a couple hours before this there are videos (and I witnessed in person) this (sweet man???) jumping around screaming more violently than just about anyone. Of course he was going to end up in this position because he was one of the biggest protagonists against the police. Do I believe that the police are the dogs of those in power. Yes. But they are also who any of us in trouble hopes will be there to protect us in a time of need. I believe many of them are nothing but hired thugs, but I don’t believe that applies to most of them. Just like Justin, all it takes is one out of the hundreds to provoke our worst sides.

  42. Suzi on November 15, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    I completely agree with Kyle.

    Officers showed so much self control, and quite frankly I witnessed spitting, cursing, and shoving of officers just doing their jobs with no retaliation on their part.

    As well, I watched both videos of Mr. Bridges and feel comfortable in saying “I don’t believe him”.

    I supported what Occupy Portland stood for until I witnessed non-civil actions.

    The damage to pubic property has been devastating.

    I cannot support acts of destruction to public property as a means to an end.

    I no longer support this movement until they can come up non-destructive ways of “peaceful” demonstration.

  43. Occupy Corvallis » Occupy Portland Eviction on November 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

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  44. Setback in our occupation status… | Globaly on December 25, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    [...] arm, that allows Occupy Portland appreciate for those in a village who promulgate by signing.” http://occupyportland.org/2011/11/14/missed/ Youtube video: http://youtu.be/0BtLxuh88ck Current Status: Regrouping and determining what to do [...]

  45. Setback in our occupation status… | Occupy News on December 29, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    [...] which allows Occupy Portland interpret for those in our community who communicate by signing.” http://occupyportland.org/2011/11/14/missed/ Youtube video: http://youtu.be/0BtLxuh88ck Current Status: Regrouping and deciding what to do next. [...]

  46. Setback in our occupation status… | My Blog on December 30, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    [...] arm, that allows Occupy Portland appreciate for those in a village who promulgate by signing.” http://occupyportland.org/2011/11/14/missed/ Youtube video: http://youtu.be/0BtLxuh88ck Current Status: Regrouping and determining what to do [...]

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