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Deadly Force and Threats Against Peaceful Activists Rise
Posted By jwilson On June 28, 2013 @ 12:46 pm In Featured Stories,Tile,Uncategorized | Comments Disabled
Government, local and private security agencies caught plotting threats and deadly force against peaceful activists
June 28, 2013
Peaceful Streets Project (PSP) leader Antonio Buehler has been threatened indirectly by Wayne Vincent, the President of the Austin Police Association (APA), in a June 24th broadcast that aired on Fox 7 news.
In the broadcast, the President of the APA says “We fully are afraid that this thing is going to turn violent before its over because Buehler keeps escalating the harassment.”
“So our officers are out there with absolutely no relief from this kind of harassment. It’s not going to end well. This thing is going to turn violent,”says the APA President.
Contrary to the allegations, Peaceful Streets Project members simply film from afar, acting as by-standers, catching public servants in action hoping to prevent police misconduct.
The Peaceful Streets Project’s attention has been mainly focused on Officer Nathan Wagner, who unjustly shot and killed 20-year old Byron Carter in May of 2011.
According to the American Statesman, the officer opened fire on a car pulling out of an East Austin parking spot. Carter’s family sued for $1.5 million for mental anguish and loss of companionship caused by the tragic shooting.
The American Statesman reported that “the 8 jury members were required to determine whether the officer knowingly and intentionally violated Carter’s Fourth Amendment right to be free from excessive force when he fired at a vehicle in which Carter was a passenger.”
On June 11th, the jury found the officer to be innocent of the allegations. “The law allows an officer to use deadly force if there is a threat of imminent death or serious injury,” said U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel.
The Carter family was not awarded any compensation for the murder of their son.
The Peaceful Streets Project has taken it upon themselves “to keep an eye on Wagner, and just increase the scrutiny on this particular cop,” says Buehler.
Police Association President Wayne Vincent says “there’s not a thing wrong with citizens filming officers. If their intent is to try and catch officers in misconduct, it would seem to me you’d want to film quietly where the police don’t even know you’re there. These folks that we’re talking about, get in our officers faces, follow them around, constantly walk into the scene and start talking to the people we’re trying to deal with.”
Buehler responds saying “We don’t get in the way. We don’t ever interact with the police when they’re engaged in a stop. The only time we interact with them is when they interact with us. We’ve never gotten in between a cop and a suspect.”
As far as the Peaceful Streets Project getting involved and talking to people on the scene, the incident APA President Wayne Vincent is most likely referring to is when Austin Police officers towed a woman’s vehicle who was riding in the passenger seat of her car, while the driver was arrested for driving under the influence. The passenger and owner of the vehicle was not charged with anything and was free to leave.
PSP volunteers offered to give the woman a ride home, but officer Jason Mistric refused, telling the young woman she had to call a cab. Officer Mistric claimed he called a cab for the young woman, but a cab never arrived. The woman then called the cab herself, but was told that cabs were not being sent out at that time. This statement from the cab company indicated Officer Mistric had lied.
Ironically, after Officer Mistric argued with PSP volunteers for nearly thirty minutes, he finally agreed to allow the woman to be driven home by PSP volunteers.
Even though violence from police has been on the rise, New York has moved to enact a law that would make it illegal to “harass, annoy or threaten an officer on duty,” however, physical contact must be made.
Buehler thinks the law is garbage and believes it’s the people who need protection from police, not the other way around.
Police violence and shootings continue to rise across the country, creating statistics that should leave everyone feeling scared.
WhoWhatWhy.com reports in an article released on June 27, 2013 that the FBI was aware of an organization, possibly a local police department or private security company, that had plans to assassinate peaceful protesters during the Occupy Movement.
A classified document released by the FBI said:
An identified [DELETED] as of October planned to engage in sniper attacks against protestors (sic) in Houston, Texas if deemed necessary. An identified [DELETED] had received intelligence that indicated the protesters in New York and Seattle planned similar protests in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin,Texas. [DELETED] planned to gather intelligence against the leaders of the protest groups and obtain photographs, then formulate a plan to kill the leadership via suppressed sniper rifles.
The report released by WhoWhatWhy.com also reveals statements by Paul Kennedy, the National Lawyers Guild attorney in Houston who acted as legal counsel for several Occupy Houston activists arrested during the protests, said he hadn’t heard of the sniper plot, but said, “I find it hard to believe that such information would have been known to the FBI and that we would not have been told about it.” He then added darkly, “If it had been some right-wing group plotting such an action, something would have been done. But if it is something law enforcement was planning, then nothing would have been done. It might seem hard to believe that a law enforcement agency would do such a thing, but I wouldn’t put it past them.”
When WhoWhatWhy.com contacted the FBI headquarters asking about the document, the agency confirmed it was authentic. A second government document from the Houston FBI office obtained by a Freedom of Information Request, suggests that the assassination plot could still be used if the Occupy Movement were ever to resume.
The document states:
On 13 October 2011, writer sent via email an excerpt from the daily [DELETED] regarding FBI Houston’s [DELETED] to all IAs, SSRAs and SSA [DELETED] This [DELETED] identified the exploitation of the Occupy Movement by [LENGTHY DELETION] interested in developing a long-term plan to kill local Occupy leaders via sniper fire.
When the Houston FBI office was asked why nobody was ever arrested for planning to assassinate Occupy demonstrators, they refused to answer. When the Houston Police Department (HPD) was questioned regarding the FBI documents, they claimed they had never heard of such a plot. If true, this means the FBI failed to warn the HPD, the entity in charge of policing the movement and maintaining the safety of its participants, of possible terrorist attacks.
You would think this was something the HPD should have been made aware of. If these attacks were planned by Tea Party groups, you can be sure arrests would have been made, and the story plastered across the main stream media.
A Dallas based company called Craft International,LLC has been offering special sniper training to Texas law enforcement agencies for years now.
Government agencies, local police departments and even private security companies have beefed up their efforts in recent years to use excessive and potentially deadly force against activists. Based alone on these specific government documents from the Houston FBI, it’s clear that government agencies are conspiring with local law enforcement entities to train and prepare both physically and mentally for civil unrest.
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