Boston Police Attack Veterans For Peace at OWS


One of the most interesting things to watch as the Occupy Wall Street movement spreads out across the nation has been the reaction of local law enforcement.

When I attended Occupy Austin, law enforcement was clearly visible, but maintained a very pleasant attitude — even posing for pictures and talking with local reporters.

In New York City and elsewhere, the feeling has been far less amicable.

Just last night, the Boston Police Department attempted to remove Occupiers who had overflowed onto a public greenway adjacent to the location where they have been camped out for more than a week.

The AP reports that Boston police had warned protesters for several hours that they would have to return to Dewey Square, where a tent city has been steadily growing and issued leaflets saying protesters could not occupy the greenway.

Eyewitnesses say that before the arrests and clearing of the park, the police surrounded it, lining up over a dozen paddy wagons along one side. They told members of the media to leave and not to film the proceedings.

Luckily, you no longer have to be a member of the press to record history as it unfolds. Shot by an onlooker, the video clip below clearly shows members of Veterans for Peace, an organization of U.S. military veterans who oppose war, being attacked and arrested by members of the Boston Police Department, their flags — including the American flag — being thrown to the ground:

A spokesperson for said the arrests began about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and were mostly for trespassing on the greenway, where a local conservancy group recently planted $150,000 worth of shrubs.


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W. C
W. C2 years ago

Thank you.

Margaret C.
Margaret C7 years ago

"The people united, will never be defeated!" "Shame, shame, shame." Shame on any city/town that acts this way. Do the police and government officials know who they are dealing with?! We, the people, of the United States of America, who pay taxes to pay your exorbitant salaries! That's who, so show a little respect!

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer7 years ago

Sue H
The the Rose Kennedy Greenway, the public property area of the confrontation is adjacent to the area the protestors had permits for. I think the officials of all these cities better refresh their Constitutional knowledge and knowledge of the First Amendment in particular the wording of which states the First Amendment; ...prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. I see at least three areas where the police and city officals overstepped their Constitutional limits by abridging the freedom of speech and interfering with the right to peaceably assemble of the protestors. the police also stepped over the Constitution by infringing on the freedom of the press when they ordered the press out of the area and to not film what was about to happen. For the trampling on OUR Constitution, there should be federal investigations of all these police state-like actions and a public investigation into how Boston Police in uniform were allowed to literally throw OUR flag to the ground during an unconstitutional police action.

Steven Brewer
Steven Brewer7 years ago

Mary B
The use of civil disobedience as a platform for political or economic dissent has been a tool by protestors predating America. On December 16, 1773, a group of colonists protesting the taxation of tea by the British Crown that was being imported by the monopolistic East India Company that controlled all the tea imported into the colonies. Three ships sat in the Harbor loaded with tea the colonists were refusing because of the tax and because of East India refusing to return those ships to England. A group of colonists, dressed as Indians boarded the ships and destroyed the tea by throwing it into Boston Harbor. The problem with civil disobedience is when the police overreact to non-violent acts with an inordinate force, as was the case in NYC and many cities nationwide. Vidoe tapes show indiscriminate macing of protestors that were already kettled and not doing anything against any of the officers. Tapes that showed officers bragging they were going to get there night sticks bloody long before the protestors did any act of CD and the subsequent beating of protestors when the police presence vastly outnumbered the protestors to the extent that use of violent force was not warranted. You are right the orders come from the top but just as in the military you are sworn to obey all LAWFUL orders. The over-use of force was rightly seen as people at the top being too politically,economically or personally close to the targets of the protests and those orders came through

Gary A L.
Gary L7 years ago

And when the cops lord and masters are done with them they will be thrown under the bus big time, what a confused look they will have on their stupid Neanderthal face's sort of like the dinosaurs watching the meteor fall over 65 million years ago

Marco C.
Marco C7 years ago

HOW DARE THEY lay a hand on any of our veterans. What kind of low life, tin badge carrying ruffian would do such a thing. Round 'em up, every last one of 'em including the genius supervisory administrative pee brains that gave the orders and send these terrorists to Guantanamo and let 'em rot.

WHO do they think they are? Every sworn in official that raised a hand to them without questioning the command is disgraced and by all rights should be regarded as an enemy combatant.

And what kind of Bostonian would tolerate this from the police department they pay with their hard earned tax money. There had better be an appropriate apology on the PDQ.

Shame on Boston.

Jon Hoy
Jonjon Hoy7 years ago

Janice P. Tried to send you a green star but couldn't cause I have already done so. Bear hug anyway.

Jon Hoy
Jonjon Hoy7 years ago

This is an act of discrimanation against the veterians. The Vets are what made our country the home of the brave and the free. Without them, what would we have? Our military should have respect. Their not football players in the field while the coach gets the credit. They should of had permission to camp out even if it required a permit and respect city codes.

Cheryl L.
Cheryl L7 years ago

"Atta boy, Brownie, good job". George Bush would be proud of the police state he and Cheney created. Too bad it doesn't come back and hold them responsible for their war crimes and for trashing our Constitution.

Mary B.
Mary B7 years ago

Don't forget, the cops have to obey their superiors, so lets go to the top and broadcast his name loud and clear. I would also like to hear the stories of the cops who were required to do the dirty work. We don't know all the details yet, this is history unfolding, and not every cop is going to have the same mind set. The vets, of all people should understand this.They are required to fallow orders, yet many revile them, instead of the policy makers.Pushing the limits against people who are under orders dosn't sound too rational.