Stephen Benavides, Protestor Accused of Assaulting Police, Says, No, the Cops Got Rough

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Stephen Benavides, an organizer with the United Steelworkers, was one of eight arrested Saturday at the Occupy Dallas protest at the downtown Bank of America tower during Bank Transfer Day, aimed at encouraging the use of not-for-profit credit unions over for-profit banks.

But while the other protesters were jailed on the misdemeanor charge of "improper use of a sidewalk" (Schutze: WTF?), Benavides was charged with assaulting a public servant and resisting arrest. We first wrote about him back in 2009 when he served as the chair at UNT's ACLU student chapter, pushing to allow same-sex couples to run for homecoming court. He bonded out Wednesday on the felony charge, and he spoke Thursday afternoon with Unfair Park about what he says was supposed to be a peaceful protest gone very, very wrong.

"When we left that day, the intention was not to have a confrontation with the police," he says. "When everything happened, it was just a complete shock."

Occupy protestors were to link up with folks from MoveOn and march together to the Bank of America tower. When they left City Hall, Benavides says, many were in the street, but police forced them back onto the sidewalk. In front of the tower, the planter was a natural platform. They were "prepping to have a speaker come up and speak and were doing mic check."

But they were approached by someone in uniform -- someone who, in the newly surfaced video that follows, appears to be a security guard. "He said, 'Get your ass off the planter!' And I said, "Who are you talking to?,'" Benavides recalls. "Soon as I said that, he shoved me from the planter into the street."



He claims he pointed to the man who shoved him from the planter and told nearby officers to "arrest that MF up there for assault." It was at that point, he says, that a Dallas Police officer tried to take his union flag and the two struggled over it.

"I didn't want to let them have it." Video footage of the scuffle indeed shows Benavides wresting the flagpole from the officer's grasp, as another appears to lose his balance and goes sprawling (helmeted) headfirst into the curb (that is, of course, open to interpretation).

Benavides fled. "I decided to remove myself from the situation." He descended a set of stairs behind the planter, and that's when he says roughly three police officers surrounded him. "They threw punches and knees," he says. "My ribs are busted up pretty bad."

He denies assaulting any officer or resisting arrest; he didn't know the police intended to arrest him when went down the stairs, he says.

"I did resist police trying to take the flag from me," he says. "After that, I didn't have much chance to resist. There were two or three cops."

Afterward, Benavides says, the protestors were kept in a police van for an hour and a half in the sally port, marinating in pepper spray. It was four days before he was able to post more than $50,000 for bond on the felony charge.

"The Dallas Police Department and the city are trying to get people to focus on the violent aspect as a diversionary tactic," he says, "because they're the ones who initiated the violence."

A professional organizer, he worries now that the charges will provide police with ample pretext to re-arrest him. "If you don't call that an attempt to chill political activity, I don't know what is," he says.

As for Occupy Dallas and its tenure on the City Hall lawn, he isn't hopeful: "At some point soon, [Mayor Mike] Rawlings and [City Manager Mary] Suhm are gonna be done with it and they'll shut us down."

We should find out today: Occupy Dallas and city attorneys are due in court at 1 p.m.

Update at 10:16 p.m.: This just arrived in the in-box from Benavides concerning a march downtown, scheduled to begin today at 1:30 and end at Dallas City Hall at around 2. It reads, in full:

"OCCUPY THE HOOD"
MARCH AND DEMONSTRATION

On November 5, 2011 an off duty Dallas Police Officer, Jay Hollis, working private security for Bank of America attacked me with violence in order to suppress political speech, the right to peaceable assembly, as well as to send a message to those who would challenge the elite.

Occupy The Hood, a separate variation of the international Occupy Movement centered in Dallas, TX has called a march to bring to the front lines, those who now represent the majority. There is no 99% without the 'Hood, and no movement is legitimate that does not take into account those issues most prevalent in the southern sector of Dallas, and other similarly economically oppressed communities.

These issues include police brutality, police terrorism, economic oppression, new age slavery through the prison industrial complex, and under representation through our broken democratic processes.

Occupy The Hood will be marching from JFK Memorial Plaza today starting at 1:30pm, ending at Dallas City Hall at approximately 2pm. At this point we will have a series of speakers, of which I am one. Here, in the most appropriate context will I make my statement regarding the attacks by Dallas Police and the Bank of America on peaceful non-violent protesters on November 5, 2011.


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Dick Hertze
Dick Hertze

It's not the size of the gun, its bullet placement

Your Argument Sucks
Your Argument Sucks

Any of you wishing for any kind of sympathy for Stephen obviously do not know him.  He has dealt out far harsher physical treatment to random strangers than he took from that cop on that day.

That Guy
That Guy

This is obviously and unsubstantiated lie...probably posted by Dallas Police or the Tea Party. 

Panzer
Panzer

Your argument sucks is correct, and I seriously doubt many of you actually know Stephen.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

The "Hood?"  oh my, first, 'hood is not capitalized. I guess if you have not lived in one or taught in one, you would not know that. You have NO street cred with Southern Dallas. NONE.

Your 15 minutes are ticking away. Use them wisely. Pretty soon, real events will overshadow you. We will undoubtedly hear from you again when you file a lawsuit, when your case gets dismissed and so on... Until then, whatever. Oh, and Occupy Movement is international AND centered in Dallas? What are you smoking?

Rosco O'Toole
Rosco O'Toole

Here is an example of how the Dallas Police turned a peaceful protest violent:

A) Many "off duty" policemen are hired to "work" as "security" at locations being emphasized by the occupy movement.

B) These "pseudocops" are then used to instigate violence and disrupt the protest.

C) Then a wonderful story is run about the scary protestors assaulting police.

D) Rinse and repeat...

BTW:  I was standing 6 feet from Mr. Benavides when this PseudoCop TARGETED him from behind and shoved him off the planter.  This PseudoCop also dressed as a security guard to confuse the issue and gave no opportunity for the protestor to comply!

The PseudoCop's job was to attack the head of the protest and start a riot.  Missionaccomplished.

OCCUPY IS NOT VIOLENT!

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Bull poopies. You can hear chanting in support of wanting to stomp on the cop's bikes, you can hear them revving up. You can hear the ridiculous amount of screaming by hereto, untrained protesters. IF OCCUPY DALLAS would get its sh%$ together, this would not have happened. Sorry, cop may be over the line, but Benavides KNEW what he was doing would push it with the cops. You cannot have it both ways: expect to be treated gradefully, perfectly and on YOUR TIMELINE. Please notify the DPD how much time should elapse before removing your bodies from property that is not yours. Come on, how much time? Two minutes, so your little group can encircle and make a showdown? An hour, or maybe set up a tent on that planter and claim it for the cause? Go home, rent documentaries, or even go talk to some people who really DID protest in MAJOR movements and learn a thing or two. Your little group wants everything their way; they cry when they don't get it and now, they got their "martyr." I have seen bigger scuffles in high school cafeteria fights. And to be honest, that is what all this reminds me of: high school.Your group may be peaceful at its heart, but it cannot control its own group, cannot control its own message, cannot control its campground and cannot admit that it needs to regroup. Your intent is loud and clear, and again, many of us agree with your point of view. But until I see your group rent a  storefront, conduct some community classes on this issue, you are just a group of wannabes. Concentrate on Dallas' problems. I helped to found a group to break the old ways of using DISD as a cash cow for the North Dallas Oligarchy. Forget Wall Street, we have problems here and now!!! We made some really great strides, so many and so well, That now there are three other competing groups to counter our successes. I don't have to camp in a tent, did that in the Army. I work for REAL change in this city. Why not join me?

PlanoDave
PlanoDave

Great points.  Simple answer to your question...

To do what you describe would require work.  This generation thinks that sending a Tweet is work.  If they had the work ethic you describe, most of them would actually probably have jobs.

RTGolden
RTGolden

HAPPY VETERANS' DAY!! A sincere thank you to any and all who served or are serving the Armed Forces.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

James, you are correct in pointing out  the "under color of the law" angle.  Under Texas law, that would result in upgrading the aggravated assault charge from a 2nd degree felony to a 1st degree felony.

In addition, § 39.03, dealing with Official Oppression, would also come into play.  "A public servant acting under color of his office or employment commits an offense if he... intentionally subjects another to mistreatment... that he knows is unlawful..."To become qualified as a DPD officer, the officer in question would have been trained to know that shoving Benavides backwards off a 4 foot ledge was "unlawful."Official Oppression is a class A misdemeanor.

Phillip
Phillip

"Organizer for United Steelworkers" read also Professional Rabble Rouser and Individual Who Wouldn't Know the First Thing About Steelworking."  This is a joke, the twerp homed in on causing a scene and making a name for himself and his Marxist cause.  When you describe your job as "Organizer" for a union, that's what you do--you're trained to use situations to cause sympathy for your cause and make the police or authorities look "heavy handed."  That's how these leftist organizations market their cause, it's how terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan manipulate the media, and it's very effective because look where it's being reported--the Dallas Observer.

Diane Birdwell
Diane Birdwell

Jim S---Any comment from the Steelworker's Union? Was he on their dime when he trespassed on private property? Was he "organizing" steelworkers at this protest?

If he is the best the Steelworkers have, they are in serious trouble.

"If you don't call that an attempt to chill political activity, I don't know what is," he says.

Hey, Steve-o, get a grip on reality, dude. I exercise my right to protest, to redress grievances, to campaign for candidates--and more--all the time. Your misfortune will not affect me--or anyone else in Dallas who knows how to protest within the limits of the law.

According to Dallas City Code, I cannot obstruct the sidewalk in front of my own house. I must keep it free and clear. I cannot place items in it that block the movement of myself or others. You see, once you know the law, it is pretty easy to follow it. Go back to the union and ask them for a refresher course. You are making the rest of us union people look bad, and we don't need your "help" like that in Texas, much less in Dallas.

Rosco O'Toole
Rosco O'Toole

Nice rant but here are the FACTS, not that they matter to you...

Here is an example of how the Dallas Police turned a peaceful protest violent:

A) Many "off duty" policemen are hired to "work" as "security" at locations being emphasized by the occupy movement.

B) These "pseudocops" are then used to instigate violence and disrupt the protest.

C) Then a wonderful story is run about the scary protestors assaulting police.

D) Rinse and repeat...

BTW:  I was standing 6 feet from Mr. Benavides when this PseudoCop TARGETED him from behind and shoved him off the planter.  The PseudoCop was dressed as a security guard to confuse the issue.  He also gave no opportunity for the protestor to comply!

The PseudoCop's job was to attack the head of the protest and start a riot.  Mission accomplished.

OCCUPY IS NOT VIOLENT!

Jd
Jd

Benavides has never hung a piece of steel in his life.  A steel worker would never have lost his balance from a suttle push like that.   He fell like a little girl.

MattL1
MattL1

After seeing that video, all of my prejudices against police officers have been reaffirmed.  That's a crime.  No reasonably person could possibly disagree, so don't even try.  I have spoken.

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

Its a sad states of affairs when the DPD goes ape-s on someone for a protest. I take issue w/ the situation as my dads ex-DPD and he NEVER acted like this, even when provoked by people.

james
james

when policemen break the law, then there is no law.

Seriouslydallas
Seriouslydallas

Benavides and the others started the violence as soon as they "occupied" private property without permission of the owner-the planter is private property. The fact that there are 4 of them and only one police officer also shows the groups disregard for the rights of others.

Rosco O'Toole
Rosco O'Toole

Here is an example of how the Dallas Police turned a peaceful protest violent:

A) Many "off duty" policemen are hired to "work" as "security" at locations being emphasized by the occupy movement.

B) These "pseudocops" are then used to instigate violence and disrupt the protest.

C) Then a wonderful story is run about the scary protestors assaulting police.

D) Rinse and repeat...

BTW:  I was standing 6 feet from Mr. Benavides when this PseudoCop TARGETED  him from behind and shoved him off the planter.  The PseudoCop was dressed as a security guard to confuse the issue.  He also gave no opportunity for the protestor to comply!

The PseudoCop's job was to attack the head of the protest and start a riot.  Mission accomplished.

OCCUPY IS NOT VIOLENT!

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I would say that nothing was violent until he was pushed off the planter.  Ive seen plenty of video and no one was doing anything but block the sidewalk and standing on private property.  This Occupy group are the least violent of any of them

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

look, private property or not, the security guard should face charges.  he unprovoked pushed a man who happen to fall off a tall ledge.  The guard had to know that he could cuase serious bodily injury by doing so. Fine, you want to claim private property, well then remove the guy, but removing him the way he did was excessive 

james
james

the security guard is a DALLAS POLICE OFFICER IN UNIFORM fer chrissake. this is assauolt under color of law.

Phelps
Phelps

What were they supposed to do, call fire/rescue to bring in a ladder truck?

heart and soul
heart and soul

Are you blind? Benavides didn't knock himself into the street.

Seriouslydallas
Seriouslydallas

Mr. Benavides does not own and did not have permission to be on that property (neither did the others), he was asked/told to leave (get off). If he doesn't want to be shoved. then he shouldn't have been there.

heart and soul
heart and soul

Sorry, if even if what you are saying was true and I don't think it is it doesn't matter. This was an assault. This officer should lose his job. He should get sued and face assault charges. IMO. He started the whole thing.

Reveille Dallas
Reveille Dallas

Mayor Rawlings, I am tired of watching this clown show.And unlike the turds on your lawn, I vote!

Phelps
Phelps

Nah, Mike Rawlings is a Democrat.  I'm sure every turd is registered to vote and gets an absentee ballot every election.

Albert
Albert

This movement is billed as an anti-capitalist, anti-corporate movement, but as I surf occupy-related coverage, it seems to be an anti-conservative movement.

They have announced that they intend to attack the BlogCon conference in DC, which is not a collection of one percenters, or corporate bigwigs, they are bloggers. Conservative bloggers.

The AFP conference attacked by occupiers was not related to corporations.

Michelle Bachmann's address on the USS Yorktown was unrelated to corporations, and that was attacked.

The Israeli embassy is not a corporation, but it was attacked.

The list goes on.

This is Left v. Right. The Great Socialist Uprising.

DD
DD

He looks baked.

rachum
rachum

Whatever. Gag me up the wall. Watching it in slo mo  ---   and.....he....is.....now.....off.....the....planter. Problem solved.

Phelps
Phelps

So, he admits to trespassing on the planter.  (No, a planter isn't part of the sidewalk.  A reasonable person can't argue that.  In fact, the planters there mark the division between the sidewalk and private property.)

He was told to leave.  He refused ("you talkin to me?")  He was then removed from the property he was trespassing on by force by an agent of the owner and put back on the sidewalk.  

THEN he proceeds to assault the police with a weapon, and attempts to flee the scene.

I'm all for exercising some prosecutorial discretion and just letting this go, but he sure as hell doesn't have clean hands.  I also find it disturbing that someone from the ACLU has so little respect for the property rights of others.

Rosco O'Toole
Rosco O'Toole

Here is an example of how the Dallas Police turned a peaceful protest violent:

A) Many "off duty" policemen are hired to "work" as "security" at locations being emphasized by the occupy movement.

B) These "pseudocops" are then used to instigate violence and disrupt the protest.

C) Then a wonderful story is run about the scary protestors assaulting police.

D) Rinse and repeat...

BTW:  I was standing 6 feet from Mr. Benavides when this PseudoCop TARGETED  him from behind and shoved him off the planter.  The PseudoCop was dressed as a security guard to confuse the issue.  He also gave no opportunity for the protestor to comply!

The PseudoCop's job was to attack the head of the protest and start a riot.  Mission accomplished.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Wow, that certainly puts a different spin on things.

You now have a high resolution video showing what evidently is a uniformed DPD officer (working off duty), "sucker pushing" Benavides backwards off what appears to be a 3 - 4 foot high planter onto the pavement below.

Moreover, the attack appears to fit the definition of a first-degree felony assault, under the Texas Penal Code, as follows:

§ 22.01 - Assault - "A person commits an offense if he.... intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly causes bodily injury to another..."

Moreover, it appears that grounds could also exist to upgrade the charge to an aggravated assault as follows:

§ 22.02 - Aggravated Assault - "A person commits an offense if the person commits assault as defined in § 22.01 and the person... uses or exhibits a deadly weapon during the commission of the assault."An offense under this section 22.02 is a felony of the second degree, except that the offense is a felony of the first degree if... the offense is committed... by a public servant acting under color of the servant's office or employment."

I'm not much of an expert on criminal law. Thoughts, anyone?

As an aside, subsequent events don't give the offending officer a free pass. In other words, just because Benavides decided to flee after being assaulted doesn't mean that the officer who pushed him backwards off the planter onto the sidewalk gets to walk. Similarly, being a jerk doesn't give officers the right to assault citizens.

james
james

aggravated assault UNDER COLOIR OF LAW.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

James, you are correct in pointing out  the "under color of the law" angle.  Under Texas law, that would result in upgrading the aggravated assault charge from a 2nd degree felony to a 1st degree felony (which carries a fine of up to $10,000, a sentence of up to 99 years or life in prison, or both).

In addition, § 39.03, dealing with Official Oppression, would also come into play.  "A public servant acting under color of his office or employment commits an offense if he... intentionally subjects another to mistreatment... that he knows is unlawful..." To become qualified as a DPD officer, the officer in question would have been trained to know that shoving Benavides backwards off a 4 foot ledge was "unlawful." Official Oppression is a class A misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $4,000, a sentence of up to a year in jail, or both.

Finally, if the officer in question filed a false report about this incident in connection with the initial inquiry, he could be charged with a violation of § 37.08, False Report to a Peace Officer or Law Enforcement Employee, a class B misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $2,00, a sentence of up to 180 days in jail, or both.

Annmblocker
Annmblocker

uhhhhh, because they are corrupt!!!1  Duhhhh!

james
james

them is some good points ya make. i wanna know from brown an' watkins why the kid was in jail fer days an' the cop is jist on "restricted duty"

Uncle_Scrappy
Uncle_Scrappy

You may be correct. But he did wrong when he tried to assault a Police Officer with the flag pole. Then he RESISTED as he stated. Overall he made the situation worse, not better. If he had gotten up & said he had been assaulted by the Security Guard/Whatever and asked for assistance from the Police. Also allowing them to take the Flag Pole which I believe they did to protect themselves from possible assault with it would have been the correct thing, but instead he resorted to Self-Help against the Police. VERY WRONG thing to do.

He may have a seperate case against that security person who pushed him. But he also now has a strong case against him that will ruin any credibility he may have had.

In situations like this (Possible Riot etc) certain things must be done aggresively to maintain control. And possiblky shoving him off the planter box may be one of them.

Overall, the real problem is he & others want to Scream about their Freedoms & Rights while ignoring everyone else's. They need to learn Civil Disobedience has no place for violence of any kind. You must always be the victim, never in any way must it look like you are a agressor. And he clearly was a AGGRESSOR

Rosco O'Toole
Rosco O'Toole

Here is an example of how the Dallas Police turned a peaceful protest violent:

A) Many "off duty" policemen are hired to "work" as "security" at locations being emphasized by the occupy movement.

B) These pseudo "securitypolice" are then used to instigate violence and disrupt the protest.

C) Then a wonderful story is run about the scary protestors assaulting police.

D) Rinse and repeat...

BTW:  I was standing 6 feet from Mr. Benavides when this pseudocop TARGETED  him from behind and shoved him off the planter. 

The "cops" job was to attack the head of the protest and start a riot.  Mission accomplished.

OCCUPY IS NOT VIOLENT!

TheMargraveofBavaria
TheMargraveofBavaria

Officers are always heavily outnumbered at these things. It takes one second for an unruly crowd to turn, and put people's lives at risk. If that officer let's one protestor resist, strike him, successfully ignore his lawful command, every officer there could be dead. A large crowd can disarm and overpower a handful of officers in seconds. Those charged with keeping the peace have an obligation to themselves, the citizens and their own families to make damn sure such a situation doesn't escalate. Officer says get down, hand me that flag, takes the bullhorn, you submit instantly and call your lawyer from the station. The second you provide resistance of any kind, I want you to wake up in the hospital and you need to wake up in the hospital. It makes the guy next to you understand that he needs to stand down or he's going in the ambulance too. 

You want chaos? (paid Union agitator, by the way) Good for you. The real 99% of us who don't have time for camping out and pretending it's the 60's want order so we can provide for our families and go about our business unmolested. I'd be mad at the police if they didn't keep the peace. You're the problem, not the police. Go back to Big Union Money headquarters and cry to Poppa Trumpka if you can't handle your business in the streets, punk. 

Phelps
Phelps

Well, I think the Cut and Paste makes the brainlessness of this argument apparent.

Rosco O'Toole
Rosco O'Toole

Here is an example of how the Dallas Police turned a peaceful protest violent:

A) Many "off duty" policemen are hired to "work" as "security" at locations being emphasized by the occupy movement.

B) These "pseudocops" are then used to instigate violence and disrupt the protest.

C) Then a wonderful story is run about the scary protestors assaulting police.

D) Rinse and repeat...

BTW:  I was standing 6 feet from Mr. Benavides when this PseudoCop TARGETED  him from behind and shoved him off the planter.  The PseudoCop was dressed as a security guard to confuse the issue.  He also gave no opportunity for the protestor to comply! 

The PseudoCops job was to attack the head of the protest and start a riot.  Mission accomplished.

OCCUPY IS NOT VIOLENT!

Lee
Lee

"...You may be correct..." game.set.match.

Uncle_Scrappy
Uncle_Scrappy

Lets see, he states "He claims he pointed to the man who shoved him from the planter and told nearby officers to "arrest that MF up there for assault."" So I guess he believes it is awright for him to Cuss & such so as to possibly Incite a Riot.

I continue. Now then he further states""I did resist police trying to take the flag from me," he says" So I guess he DOES admit he was resisting now. Further he states "that a Dallas Police officer tried to take his union flag and the two struggled over it." So I guess that shows he was using it to ASSAULT a Police Officer.

So now we know He ASSAULTED a Police Officer, possibly tried to incite a riot with his foul language and resisted officers attempts to stop him. And the he states "Benavides fled. "I decided to remove myself from the situation." He descended a set of stairs behind the planter" which sounds like FLEEING THE SCENE which I have been told is also RESISTING ARREST.

Overall sounds GUILTY to everything accused so far. But as others pointed out, he is a PROFESSIONAL AGITATOR. (Too bad there isnt a Crime for that he could be prosecuted for)

Come on OCCUPY DALLAS, many of us agree with some of things you are advocating for. But we lose all respect for you when you allow these type of people to cause bad press for you. We want to take you seriously, but we cant when there is VIOLENCE like this.

Rosco O'Toole
Rosco O'Toole

Here is an example of how the Dallas Police turned a peaceful protest violent:

A) Many "off duty" policemen are hired to "work" as "security" at locations being emphasized by the occupy movement.

B) These pseudo "securitypolice" are then used to instigate violence and disrupt the protest.

C) Then a wonderful story is run about the scary protestors assaulting police.

D) Rinse and repeat...

BTW:  I was standing 6 feet from Mr. Benavides when this pseudocop TARGETED  him from behind and shoved him off the planter.  The "cops" job was to attack the head of the protest and start a riot.  Mission accomplished.

OCCUPY IS NOT VIOLENT!

james
james

the video i watched showed a guy gittin' shoved from behind by a dallas cop.so who started the violence? and has not been arrested or charged? that cop with a face and a name? our justice system is a bad joke and we the 99% are pretty dam tired of bein' the butt of the joke.

Uncle_Scrappy
Uncle_Scrappy

Just because you are shoved in a Large crowd does not a crime make. However using a Pole to assault someone. Yes, by resisting when a Police Officer is trying to DISARM you with it can be turned into assault is a crime. Also as he admitted, he RESISTED the police officers attempt at this. Overall, NO SYMPATHY for him. He was in the WRONG and now wants to whine about it.People MUST follow orders from Police Officers wether they agree with them or not. If you believe they are wrong, file a complaint afterwards, but when you resort to Self Help by Physically resisting them, you will suffer.

Phelps
Phelps

Here is an example of how the MoveOn turned a peaceful protest violent:

A) Many "organizers" are hired to "volunteer" as "coordinators" at locations being emphasized by the occupy movement.

B) These pseudo "volunteers" are then used to instigate violence and disrupt the protest.

C) Then a wonderful story is run about the scary police assaulting protesters.

D) Rinse and repeat...

The "organizer's" job was to force the police to remove him and start a riot.  Mission accomplished.

Rosco O'Toole
Rosco O'Toole

Here is an example of how the Dallas Police turned a peaceful protest violent:

A) Many "off duty" policemen are hired to "work" as "security" at locations being emphasized by the occupy movement.

B) These pseudo "securitypolice" are then used to instigate violence and disrupt the protest.

C) Then a wonderful story is run about the scary protestors assaulting police.

D) Rinse and repeat...

BTW:  I was standing 6 feet from Mr. Benavides when this pseudocop TARGETED  him from behind and shoved him off the planter.  The "cops" job was to attack the head of the protest and start a riot.  Mission accomplished.

OCCUPY IS NOT VIOLENT!

james
james

that looked like a crime to me, pard. assault from a uniformed policeman like that ain't right. it ain't acceptible. criminal actions like that under color of law are WORSE than anythin' that kid did. our joke of a justice system has the kid in jail fer days whiole they shake whatever $$$ they want out of his friends or family in the form of bail bonds...the obviously guilty copthat assaulted him jist gits restricted duty? mebbe i'll be a protester.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

he wasnt just shoved in a large crowd dude, he was shoved off a planter that was pretty far off the ground.  That is a crim, its called assualt

Lee
Lee

........Shoving someone off of an elevated planterso that they're sprawling on the street is definitely a crime.

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