Monday, November 7, 2011

2011-11-07 "Occupy videographer shot with police projectile" from "San Francisco Chronicle" blog
Scott Campbell was walking a police line at the Occupy Oakland general strike last week when he was shot with a nonlethal beanbag or rubber bullet by police.
Campbell, 30 of Oakland, caught the entire thing on camera.
“I thought it would be a good idea, since I had a camera, to film the police,” he said. “I just stood there.”
“I was standing well back,” Campbell wrote in his YouTube post. “There was no violence or confrontations of any kind under way.”
But then an officer appears to pull out a weapon that shoots a bean bag or a rubber bullets and, well, shoots Campbell.
“Ow, ow, ow, ow,” Campbell yells in the video.
Friends dragged him into a nearby doorway where he was treated by an Occupy medic.
Campbell, who says he protester and not a journalist, said he has no idea why he was shot. No protesters were violent and the police didn’t charge after the shot.
“I think there was an officer who was trigger happy or wanted to send a message, and I was the one to receive the message,” he said.
Campbell says he’s been checked out by a doctor and will be consulting an attorney before he decides what to do next.
Oakland police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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