Live-blogging OWS daily since October 1. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. All times ET. See my e-book on Occupy "40 Days That Shook the World." My other books, including new ones on Bradley Manning and Beethoven, here….
L.A. Times: "The study strongly refutes campus police assertions the band of Occupy demonstrators posed a violent threat and it also says administrators wrongly assumed that many off-campus troublemakers were part of the tent-city protest that officials wanted evicted. It details a chain of miscommunication and poorly timed efforts to remove the protesters, leading to the incident that gripped the nation via an online video showing campus Police Lt. John Pike spraying a line of seated students at close range. ‘On balance, there is little factual basis supporting Lt. Pike’s belief that he was trapped by the protesters or that his officers were prevented from leaving the quad. Further, there is little evidence that any protesters attempted to use violence against the police,’ the report stated."
4:45 My new book and e-book on U.S. vs. Bradley Manning, with Kevin Gosztola, now on sale here.
4:40 Know your rights! Gizmodo with "7 Tips for Recording the Police."
3:45 That planned merger of the two D.C. camps this weekend? Now in doubt after reports to contrary. Freedom all for it but McPherson. Permit an issue.
2:05 Wash Post: sources say Zimmerman to be charged in Florida. Press conference this evening. Wonder if Fox News will post his bail, or Hannity will do it personally.
1:10 Ari Berman here at The Nation explodes new claims that any Obama embrace of "economic populism" will turn off indy voters and may cost him election.
12:35 Don’t miss: MIchael Leviitin at Occupy.com on the Leah Bolger (Naval commander turned activist) "whistleblower" case–stop the wars, tax the rich–and here is video:
11:45 Just announced: "Occupy The Album" coming May 15th. Plus: Roger Waters sounds off.