Editor: Mike Chek – an activist with Occupy San Diego – asked OB Rag readers to call the mayor and city council about the heavy-handed tactics used recently by San Diego Police against non-violent Occupy San Diego protesters. Bob Dorn responded to his request with the following email letter to Mayor Sanders and the City Council.
By Bob Dorn
The actions of police on October 14, so clearly visible on YouTube, and presumably around the world, is the sort of official mayhem that brings down governments in other parts of the world.
That skin-headed cop with a mace can who wrapped his arms around throats and threw several people to the ground so that their heads crashed into the pavement committed a criminal act. He can easily be identified, and so can others at Civic Plaza on Oct 14 who can be seen provoking people and abusing them.
You may well believe the police were being taunted, but a professional cop does not do what the videos reveal.
By now it should be evident that people have a right to gather in San Diego to challenge their systematic exclusion from from the economy and the halls of power.
After all, you ought to remember that official San Diego bears the onus of the suppression of the early 20th Century free speech movement that took place only a few blocks from today’s Civic Plaza. You should keep in mind that your own legacy may well include a similar embarrassment if you don’t bring the police under control.