Chicago, IL, May 12, 2012- As the windy city declares martial law to justify the fear-mongering and millions spent by the police militarizing the city, Occupiers have declared their willingness to put their bodies on the line at NATO.
“The police will do what they will do and we will rise up and put our bodies on the line for the people of the world;” said Rachael Perrotta a participant of Occupy Chicago, “we’ve begun our ten days of action today with the People’s Summit, street protest will begin on the 14th of May.”
Events will culminate on the 21st when Occupy Chicago intents to surround Boeing and shut down operations in protest of the company’s war profiteering that organizers have called tantamount to “War Crimes.”
The city of Chicago has spent millions of dollars in recent months in preparation for the potential of civil unrest during the NATO summit.
They have purchased a million dollars’ worth of riot gear for their officers and police animals with tax payer’s dollars, including new face shields, helmets, gas masks, and shock shields to be used for protests during the summit instead of fully funding schools, clinics and city-workers’ pensions.
They have also purchased at least one LRAD (Long Range Acoustic Device) which use first appeared during the Afghan/Iraqi wars for use against civilians there. Since its appearance cities all over the country have purchased the device with money from project 1033.
Project 1033 is a Department of Defense program authorized by the National Defense Authorization Act over the past several years where the DoD gives money and used military surplus to state and local police departments, including military grade weapons.
According to the 2011 NDAA the military gave out 500 million dollars in surplus to police departments in the last year.
The LRAD device puts out an 88 decibel audio wave that can disable a crowd in a matter of moments, but some have criticized its use because there is a high likelihood of permanent inner ear damage similar to the damage cause by concussion grenades in small or closed spaces.
Chicago will be placed under martial law for the NATO summit and there will be a shoot down first ask questions later “No fly zone policy,” in place over the city.
“The people of Chicago are going to get a taste of what it’s like to live through a NATO operation when the police and the mayor turn Chicago into a militarized police state,” said Perrotta.
The Red cross and FEMA have been asked to prepare for the evacuation of Chicago during the summit in the event violence and unspecified other incidents that may occur during the Summit, in Indiana FEMA has been asked to prepare for the possibility of one million dead according to documents leaked several weeks ago to the press.
“Our direction comes from the city and the secret service, dozens of colleges, universities, community centers, and churches are standing by in southeastern Wisconsin just in case Chicagoans must leave their homes because of violence or any other reason connected to the summit,” said a spokesperson for the Red Cross.
“The city is engaged in a classic fear mongering model and their reasoning is to keep the people from expressing their First Amendment Rights’ against the NATO war machine,” said Perrotta.
The city has sent several officer down to Alabama to receive training from the Department of Home Land insecurity and receive much advice from them on the suppression of peoples’ Rights in recent months which is showing itself in the behavior of the Chicago Police Department and their leaders laissez faire attitudes about abuses and clear Rights violations by their officers.
Indicative of this attitude by the Department is a video that made its appearance Youtube on May 10th 2012, where several unidentified Officers in a police SUV vehicle number 856, made a stop of several Occupiers for making a 3-point turn on a cul de sac, for which the Officers claimed they were trespassing.
In the video Officers can be heard interrogating the individuals about their association with Occupy and the activities being planned by the movement for the NATO summit before threatening the group and protesters in general after illegally searching the vehicle without obtaining the owner’s permission, nor probable cause.
“You like that, he knows, see these guys know, ’68. You guys know all about ’68, what did they say back in ’68,” the Officer Identified in the video as CPD Officer 1
“Billy club to the fucking skull,” CPD Officer 2
“Okay, now we’ll beat your white ass,” CPD Officer 3
Statements that are clearly an abuse of power by police at best and what is considered in many states as a terroristic threat.
“That’s not the full context of the conversation and less than encounter, except for that one comment, something about 1968 and nightsticks and skulls, I think that those officers acted professionally and it was a casual encounter,” said Chicago Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy.
McCarthy also added that the video was “clearly edited,” although his statement was true it was clear meant to mislead, minimalize and discredit the video as being doctored which was patently false as the release of the full video less names and other private information was posted immediately after the supt. Comments.
Also heard on the recording the officer said that they would clearly target protesters and that they would “save it up, save it all up for the summit.”
Expressing a clear disregard for the constitution and human life and dignity, this is in opposition to other comments by the superintendent regarding the demonstrations.
“We will not disperse any protests during the summit, if you treat people as individuals they act like individuals, if you treat them like a mob a mob is what you get,” said McCarthy.
“The Chicago Police Department and the Mayor’s Office have given themselves a black eye by targeting out of town protesters as well as Chicagoans who intend to stand up and voice their rage against NATO’s illegal wars, clearly the Chicago PD is at war with low income communities and communities of color in this city. The Chicago City council passed a resolution against torture not because they’re a liberal body but because the Chicago police torture people and its cost the city millions in law suits,” said Perrotta.