The level of intensity of the protesters and police at the NATO Summit currently taking place in Chicago seems to be rising.
In the first clip below, Tracey Pollock, a credentialed photographer for The UpTake, is attacked by police during yesterday’s protests. Before the attack, police were using their bicycles as weapons to force back the crowd (which was admittedly staging a march without a permit).
Police had formed a barricade, and there was some sort of incident.
Pollock tried to get closer to see what was happening when a police officer reached up, grabbed her lens, and tried to rip her camera away. The officer then pushed her over some bicycles.
Protesters behind the bicycles pulled her to safety.
Pollock was bruised in the incident but not seriously injured. She says she never crossed the police barricade.
In the second video, Luke Rudkowksi, Tim Pool, Jeoff Shively, Dustin & Jess from We Are Change were driving home after covering the NATO protests, only to have their car raided by police.
You won’t see any of this footage on the local news, of course.
Check it out below.
- Chicago NATO Summit Protests in Full Swing, Police Making Preemptive Arrests? (VIDEO) (blippitt.com)
- Chicago Busts 18 in NATO Protests (newser.com)
- NATO protests in Chicago: Police van drives into protesters, web video reporters detained, held at gunpoint (photos+video) (boingboing.net)
- Occupy Journalists Stopped, Searched, Handcuffed & Interrogated at Gunpoint (dissenter.firedoglake.com)
- Journalists Accosted At NATO (revolutioninmedia.com)