Bill Vidonic
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
September 22, 2010

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Some of the more than 100 people arrested during Oakland demonstrations a year ago this week say police pepper-sprayed them for no reason, denied them medical treatment and sexually harassed them.

“When I was getting frisked on the lawn, an officer told me I was going to be his girlfriend,” said Casey Brander, now a senior at Carnegie Mellon University. She claims she spent 20 hours under arrest following protests against the Group of 20 economic summit, part of the time in a dark room in the Allegheny County Jail where she didn’t know the time of day.

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“Officers were calling us ‘hot’ and calling us derogatory names,” she said Tuesday. “It was just a really draining experience. I was pretty traumatized by it.”

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