Seattle Police Pepper Spray Teacher Jesse Hagopian on MLK Day
There is something seriously wrong with allowing
rogue cops to run rampant over the city of Seattle, Washington…
and someone must be held accountable.. Picture: JAMES BIBLE
The March was legal. Protesting is constitutionally-protected.
Walking on the sidewalk is also legal.The police action was both illegal and unconstitutional.
What happened to civil rights?
How long must we wait for freedom?
Tim Flanagan, associate editor at The Portland Alliance
“Seattle police department!” a police officer screams in this video,
as she pepper-sprays several people.
Garfield High School teacher Jesse Hagopian will file a tort claim
against the City of Seattle and the Seattle Police Department,
according to his lawyer, former Seattle NAACP President James Bible,
over the way he was pepper sprayed during demonstrations on Martin Luther King Day this year.
Bible posted this video clip of the incident:
“Jesse Hagopian had finished giving a powerful speech about how black lives matter
when he was sprayed with pepper spray by a Seattle Police Officer,”
Bible writes in a press release. “He was on the phone with his mother and [was making]
plans to be at his two year old child’s birthday party when he was sprayed.
It is notable that this irrational police action occurred while he was several
feet onto a Seattle sidewalk.”
“At one point after the big main march,” Hagopian wrote on Facebook later that day,
“a group of bike cops set up a line to keep us from marching. Some people walked
through the line, but I didn’t… The milk has helped a lot and I’m beginning to feel better.
Wish we had a better world.”
The SPD has declined to comment on the incident.
From The Stranger
Last year, people across the country were inspired by the solidarity of the faculty, students, and parents at Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington. The teachers there were tired of being forced to give a test they didn’t believe in, and they decided to do something about it. They boycotted the test, and become the leading edge of a national movement to do away with high-stakes, standardized testing and move to more intelligent and human assessments of learning.Jesse Hagopian, the teachers’ union representative at the school, became one of the leaders of the boycott movement and has been the face and voice of the movement in the media, including appearances on NBC’s Education Nation and CNN. Jesse and I talked about how the boycott came to be, the connections between this movement and other resistance movements, and about how he is connecting with other like-minded activists.
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