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Nov-13-2011 15:46printcommentsVideo

Two Protestors Injured Near 'Occupy' Eureka

A noon rally will be held at the courthouse Monday in solidarity with Verbena Lea, a local community activist arrested while lawfully taping police.

Occupy Eureka Sunday night
Occupy Eureka Sunday night

(EUREKA, Calif.) - One woman was injured near Occupy Eureka this evening when allegedly her head was smashed through the window of a local business by two outside agitators. During this incident Officer Sanchez continued to demand protest signs be removed as he sat in his cruiser.

She was bleeding from the neck and was examined by paramedics, but has not sought further medical attention at this time. In video evidence, the woman can be seen approaching EPD Officer Sanchez who was in his cruiser verbally harassing protestors across the street.

The assaulted woman received no assistance from EPD, instead, Sanchez turned his attention to ripping down Occupy Eureka banners and was quickly aided with at least 10 EPD and Humboldt County Sheriffs.

EPD officers arrested Hans Ashbaucher, who was legally videotaping. During the arrest, Hans was thrown to the ground. Onlookers reported seeing him repeatedly kneed in the ribs by EPD officers who refused to give their names or badge numbers.

According to a press release, "The Sergeant emphasized that Hans had been taken to the hospital upon arrest, and since released to the jail. We have an account from Hans that NO TREATMENT was issued at the hospital. This implies that he has yet to be attended to or treated by medical staff since his injury by Eureka Police."

At 5:50 in the video, you can hear Hans saying "He took my camera!"

Occupy supporters say they are reviewing further video evidence of the night's events.

In a press release the group stated: "We are requesting that people call the jail at 707-441-5123 to demand that Hans be given proper medical treatment IMMEDIATELY for the injuries he sustained at the hands of police this evening. He must also be allowed visits from lawyers in a timely manner."

UPCOMING EVENTS

Occupy Eureka will be holding a noon rally at the courthouse on Monday in solidarity with Verbena Lea, a local community activist who was also arrested while lawfully filming police on November 10.

She has organized outreach surrounding the case of Martin Cotton, where a federal judge found Eureka Police liable for Martin's death and awarded approximately 4.5 million in damages to the Cotton family.

The group will demand her release and an end to targeted arrests of activists exercising their first amendment rights to peacefully observe police response.

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DE-OCCUPY EUREKA November 13, 2011 7:03 pm (Pacific time)

IM HERE TO INTRODUCE A DOSE OF REALITY. THIS ENTIRE SOUP SANDWICH STARTED BECAUSE THE OFFICER TOLD THE PROTESTORS TO STAY OUT OF THE STREET (WHICH IS HWY 101 BTW) OR THEY WERE GOING TO GET HIT BY A CAR. WHAT THE VIDEO DOESNT SHOW IS THE ANGRY VIOLENT MOB THAT SURROUNDED THOSE COPS. HANS WAS NOT PEACEFULLY FILMING OR AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER. INSTEAD HE CHOSE TO SCREAM AND YELL AND STICK HIS CAMERA AGGRESSIVELY IN A OFFICERS FACE WHILE THEY WERE TRYING TO DEAL THE ANGRY MOB. DID IT EVER OCCUR TO ANY OF YOU MORONS THAT THE REASON HANS WAS NOT TREATED WAS BECAUSE THERE WAS NOTHING TO TREAT?!?! ALSO IT FAILS TO MENTION THAT THE FEMALE WAS ASSAULTED BY TWO DRUNK MEMBERS OF HER OWN MOVEMENT! IT ALSO DOESNT SHOW THE PROTESTORS KNEELING IN THE STREET BLOCKING THE ENTIRE HIGHWAY AND HITTING CARS AS THEY ATTEMPT TO DRIVE AROUND THEM. IM ALL FOR PEACEFUL PROTEST BUT THIS GROUP IS OUT OF CONTROL. THERE IS NOTHING PEACEFUL THIS MOB. AFTER WITNESSING THIS DEBACLE I HAVE LOST ALL SUPPORT AND RESPECT FOR THE OCCUPY EUREKA MOVEMENT. GREAT JOB EPD FOR DOING YOUR VERY TAXING AND DANGEROUS JOB. OCCUPIERS- GO HOME!!!

Editor: We're hearing a substantially different story, still I carried your comment in its entirety.  

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