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VIDEO: Breaking Down (Police Hurt Mental Health)
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Breaking Down (Police Hurt Mental Health)
by Jacob Crawford
VIDEO LINK: http://www.activistvideo.org/views.asp?id=3073
Police often cite the dangers of their job as justification for use of force. On any given day in Oakland, you can see Oakland officers with guns drawn, chasing, surrounding, arresting. When someone gets hurt or arrested, we're lead to believe that they are criminals or they weren't compliant. We're told that the cops were in fear for their safety, and that force had to be used. In these stories, we are told to overlook the serious issues in play. For instance, we're asked to overlook poverty, and how police contribute to poverty by stopping, ticketing, and arresting members of the public. The police would also prefer that the public consider mental health an issue suitable for law enforcement.
Mental health issues are not crimes, but in a city like Oakland, where schools and other public resources are getting shut down left and right, mental health incidents are under OPD's jurisdiction. But even in Berkeley, a city known for their supposed tolerance of people with disabilities, the city's "toothless" mental health team is sometimes dispatched to incidents alongside the police. How do police make these situations better? If the recent killing of Kayla Moore by Berkeley police shows us anything, it's that the police are incapable of de-escalating tense situations where criminal enforcement has no place.
But Oakland has also lost its share of people due to officers who blur the line between use of force and aide. If mental health advocates truly existed in Oakland, Parnell Smith, Brownie Polk, Matt Cicelski, and many more might still be with us here today.
We Interrupt This Empire...
VIDEO LINK: http://www.activistvideo.org/views.asp?id=3072
The San Francisco Video Activist Network presents the story you won't see on Fox News: an eye-popping, jaw-dropping look at the Bay Area's radical resistance to an illegal war.
"We Interrupt This Empire..." is a collaborative work by many of the Bay Area's independent video activists which documents the direct actions that shut down the financial district of San Francisco in the weeks following the United States' invasion of Iraq. With the audio backdrop including the live broadcasts of Enemy Combatant Radio from the SF Independent Media Center to SFPD's tactical communications that were picked up by police scanners, the documentary takes a look at the diverse show of resistance from the streets of San Francisco as well as providing a critique of the corporate media coverage of the war and exploring such issues as the Military Industrial Complex, attacks on civil liberties, and the United States' imperialist drive.
MPEG2 version (1.9GB): http://archive.org/details/we_interrupt_this_empire
"This a a clear picture of what's left of an American conscience in the midst of this national horror-show--this is the best damn doc I've seen on the local face of what might have been the largest anti-war movement in world history. "
Craig Baldwin of Other Cinema
Winner - Best of the Bay - San Francisco Bay Guardian, July 2004
The Video Activist Network is an informal association of activists and politically conscious artists using video to support social, economic and environmental justice campaigns.
Also available from the Video Activist Network: Shutdown Downtown Fogtown, a daring collection of on-the-scene videos from the historic anti-war protests that shutdown San Francisco. The "Shutdown..." compilation mostly consists of the videos that screened at the outdoor screenings at Dolores Park during the first two weeks of the war.
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