The corporate media is having a frenzy running sensational headlines about “Occupy Louisville Protests turning violent” after protestors blocked off the entrance to a Chase bank and then rushed the bank to try to occupy.
Of course, that is the police version of what happened, even though raw video footage of the event shows an entirely different story.
Yet, the Wall Street backed media continues to run the scripted narrative outlined in the “official police statements” writing article and running video reports which merely echo police claims that the protestors were arrested because they tried to rush the bank.
First I will point out two articles, with accompanying video, to show you how the media is using deceptive reporting tactics to trick the public into the believing the official police version of events.
To give you an idea, most media reports follow the storyline similar to this article and accompanying video, from local Louisville news WLKY.
The report hammers home the theme that the police were justified in their actions and did nothing wrong.
To make their case they use out of context video footage of the event and statements from one of the protestors arrested to backup their story.
Occupy Protesters Prepare To Face Judge
1 Demonstrator Talks About Confrontation At Bank
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Five Occupy Louisville protesters will be in court this week.
The protesters face charges related to a confrontation with police.
Bob Johnson is one of the protesters who decided to step up to the door of a local Chase Bank during what was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration.
But Johnson said he saw little wrong with how police handled the situation.
[...]On Saturday, Johnson was one of five demonstrators arrested for charges ranging from disorderly conduct to assault at the bank.
More than 20 Occupy Louisville members showed up to raise awareness about foreclosures, but complaints of protesters blocking the bank door prompted cops to take action.
“Some of the people were a little more excited than others, particularly the women (who) were crowding the door,” Johnson said.
As police let customers inside, they said several protesters tried to rush the door.
But Occupy protesters countered that police asked some members inside and then detained them.
Others, they said, were dragged inside and pointed to videos they’re now posting online.
Still, Johnson said the officers were just doing their job.
“Some of it, they had no choice. A couple of people put their hands on the cop,” Johnson said. “The sergeant that pulled me in first talked to me very calm, and I stayed calm, and I never felt threatened.”
Notice how the video shown in the report (which was provided “Courtesy of Occupy Louisville”, AKA, they used the video footage without Occupy Louisville’s permission) was cleverly edited to make it appear that the camera man was following the the protestors as they rushed inside the bank and the anchor tells you that Police say the protestors rushed inside the bank.
Here is another media report, which tricks you into thinking they are showing the protestor’s side of the story, but still deceptively hides the truth from the public by not revealing the illegal activity of the police.
Instead, they finish off the report by saying the police have released an statement saying that the protestors where arrested after illegally rushing inside the bank to occupy it.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — For the first time since the Occupy Louisville protests began, a demonstration Saturday turned ugly. Five demonstrators were arrested and are facing charges ranging from disorderly conduct to assault.
Some 40 Occupy Louisville demonstrators were protesting what they call unfair lending practices when the demonstration got out of hand.
“Why do you have handcuffs on her? Excuse me, why do you have handcuffs on her?” shouts one protestor as police arrest a woman.
Phone camera video shot by one of the protesters inside chase bank, as they were being arrested, showed a clearly a tense scene.
“If you guys can’t even handle a peaceful protest outside a bank… (police) Shut your mouth. Nobody needs for you to say anything. If we want something, we’ll ask for it. (protester) No one needs to be violent. (police) You be quiet.”
Police arrested five protesters. As they were booked into Metro Corrections, other occupy demonstrators gathered outside. They claimed the arrests were unprovoked and that police were overly aggressive.
“I don’t really know what drove the police to arrest the protesters to be honest. We were having a peaceful protest. No one was being violent, except the police did turn violent,” says one protestor.
In a statement, Louisville Metro Police say the protesters were arrested only after they tried to rush the door. Of the five people arrested, two were charged with assaulting a police officer.
Source: WDRB News
Now watch news report showing the raw video footage in the context of what really happened.
After you do, you’ll suddenly realize how the media manipulates facts to support the official police version of events.
As shown in the video above, the raw video footage shows the police and the media are clearly lying about the protestors and what happened during the arrests.
Clearly instead of protestors trying to rush inside the bank and occupy it as the police and bank officials claim, raw video shows the police man handling protestors — including females — and forcing them inside the bank against their will.
Once inside the bank, protestors were arrested, coming back outside of the bank with cuts and bruises.
After watching the video above, it is quite obvious that the raw video shown in the WLKY cleverly taken out of context to ]make it appear the protestors were rushing the bank. The full raw footage shows the camera man was being assaulted by the police and being forced inside of the bank.
After seeing how they took the raw video footage out of context, I would bet that WLKY took Johnson’s comments out of context as well.
Finally, a report from the Courier-Journal tries to mix facts up.
Five Occupy Louisville members arrested in protest at Chase bank
Five people were arrested at an Occupy Louisville demonstration that turned into a confrontation with Louisville Metro Police Saturday afternoon at the Chase bank branch at 970 Baxter Ave.
Several people at the demonstration described what they saw as physical encounters between the police and protesters.
Officers were called to the bank about 1:30 p.m. on a report that demonstrators were blocking the entrance, police spokesman Dwight Mitchell said. He said they were told by management that protesters had tried to occupy the inside of the bank.
He said officers advised the demonstrators that they could protest but could not block the bank entrance or prevent customers from entering.
After a few customers were let inside the bank, several protesters tried to rush the door, Mitchell said. The officers called for backup and arrested five people.
[Occupy Louisville spokeswoman Lark] Occupy Louisville had promoted the event, and Phillips said some police officers were already at the branch when the protesters began assembling.
A dozen or more officers ended up at the bank, along with bank security guards, she said.
Phillips estimated there were 35 demonstrators. She said they didn’t block customers from entering or leaving the bank, or block the sidewalk or traffic. “I didn’t see anybody doing anything illegal,” she said.
Police began asking some of the demonstrators, one by one, to come inside for questioning.
Phillips said no one was seriously injured but it appeared that one woman was hit in the face by an officer when she clung to a newspaper dispenser outside the bank, resisting the officer’s request that she come inside the bank for questioning. She also said a photographer was pushed to the ground.
Eddie Davis, a freelance photographer who said he is a member of Occupy Louisville, was taking pictures and said he was shoved to the ground. “The police were out of control. I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said, also mentioning that he saw a protester “dragged inside the bank” by police against her will.
Several accounts via Twitter from people at the protest mentioned physical encounters between police and demonstrators.
Mitchell said those arrested were: Donald J. Baum, charged with disorderly conduct, third-degree assault, resisting arrest and obstructing a government operation; Robert Johnson, disorderly conduct; Marianna Ashley, disorderly conduct and menacing; Allison Hill, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, third-degree assault and menacing; and Anita Corine Geter, disorderly conduct.
[...] more Courier-Journal
First note how Phillips says police were already at the bank ahead of their scheduled 1:00 PM protest, yet the police claim “they were told” by bank workers that the protestors tried to enter the bank.
If the police were already at the bank, they would have witnessed this on their own. No need to force protestors inside the bank for questioning.
Also, notice how the report says witnesses reported “physical encounters between the police and protesters” and goes on to say people on twitter also reported witnessing “physical encounters between the police and protestors”
No one on twitter talks like that. The truth, people on Twitter were talking about police brutality and the police unprovokedly assaulting the protestors.
Even now, the only mentions of “clash” or “encounters” on twitter are from people who are tweeting the headlines of corporate media articles who used those terms to cover up Louisville PDs acts of police brutality.
Certainly, if the assailants of these “clashes” or “encounters” was the protestors, the media would be using different terms like violence, assault and terrorism.