Natalie W writes at Diatribe Media:
Dear Mayor Slay and Chief Isom,
My name is Natalie and I’m a member of Occupy Chicago. Please know that I only speak for myself and am not claiming to represent the opinions of Occupy Chicago or any other Occupations. I am, however, a sister in the global revolution of citizens united to restore power to the people and remove corporate influence over the state, among other initiatives.
On Thursday, March 15, 2012, I watched a livestream feed of Occupy the Midwest and saw my Occupy family smashed with cold police batons as they attempted to comply with illogical regulations regarding public land, space specifically bought and maintained with taxpayer dollars. Simply, I watched footage of senseless violence wrought against activists as they crossed the street, attempting to obey police orders to disperse from Compton Hill Reservoir Park. I watched my Occupy family brutalized, lead away in handcuffs with blood oozing down their faces.
According to an article by Brandie Piper of KDTV, “Police said the protesters yelled and cursed at police as officers asked them to leave. The protesters walked into the intersection, which police said blocked traffic on Grand.”
By the logic of your actions that night, free speech became a rationalization for pummeling fellow human beings. The actions of your riotous police squad have revealed your fear. If 120 dedicated students, workers, parents, brothers, and sisters are such a threat to your grasp of power, your grip must be sliding out of your hands quicker than we Occupiers realized. It is easy to react in violence and only demonstrates your lack of control and unwillingness to cooperate with us to broker a peace where we can achieve our goals…