What I saw at Occupy Boston

Dr. Q

Last Sunday, I decided to attend the Occupy Boston protest which I’ve blogged about a couple times in the past. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the protest, here’s how it’s described on OccupyBoston.com:

Occupy Boston is an on-going protest inspired by Occupy Wall Street, which started in New York City on September 17, and is connected to similar demonstrations and occupations taking place around the world. We are raising awareness about the discontent with the American corporate and political systems. We’re inspiring conversation, discussion and debate around topics like corruption, financial inequality, and political immorality.

Occupy Boston is not a single group with a single demand, but we feel our national leaders have let us down too many times, and the government needs to fundamentally change.

One thing that drew me to the protest was the possibility of police brutality and misconduct. There’s been so much brutality and abuse by the NYPD at the Occupy Wall Street protest that it’s difficult to keep track of it all. Luckily, nothing of the sort has happened at Occupy Boston. So far, there have been no arrests at all, let alone police brutality incidents. When I visited the protest on Sunday, the police presence was light and the police didn’t appear to be interacting much with the demonstrators.

Since there was no police activity worth documenting, I decided that I would spend some of my time at the protest taking photos and interviewing people about their reasons for attending. You can watch those interviews below:

I definitely didn’t agree with everything I heard at the protest, but I was still impressed to see so many people gathering together to discuss and advocate ideas that they believe in.

After I talked with some of the protesters, I left Dewey Square for a while to handle some other business and get some food. When I returned to the protest later that evening, I managed to show up just as a march was beginning. I joined in the march, took some more photos, as well as some more video (some of that footage ended up at the beginning of the video embedded above).

After the march, I attended the General Assembly meeting which is one of ways the protesters have coordinated their efforts. Unfortunately, the meeting was pretty long, so I ended up having to leave before it was over. Before I left, I dropped by the Really, Really Free Market tent that protesters had organized and donated a white CopBlock.org t-shirt. (If you happen to see anyone wearing this shirt, I’d appreciate a photo.)

You can check out the photographs I took at the protest via Flickr:

2 Responses to “What I saw at Occupy Boston”

  • Jake Says:

    I’m so sad you didnt get to see some police brutality. You go to these things looking for trouble and hoping to get some great video of it. You are not part of the solution. you’re adding to the problem. I would never condone police brutality but when you expect it you tend to incite it.

  • Dr. Q Says:

    Jake, you seem to think that I wanted there to be police brutality at the protest, but nothing could be further from the truth. I’m very happy to hear that no police brutality has taken place. The reason I advocate recording police brutality and other types of police misconduct is not because I enjoy seeing it, but because I believe it’s important to document it so the officers who are responsible can be held accountable.

    You also appear to be accusing me of trying to “incite” police brutality. I’m really not sure why you believe this either. I made no attempt to “incite” police brutality at the protest. In fact, I didn’t even talk to the police who were there.

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