Latest developments in the Occupy protests

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Nov. 9 2011 2:10 a.m. MST

Portland policemen and a Portland fire investigator put up police tape around a crime scene Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, in, Portland, Ore. Portland police say an improvised incendiary device was set off outside a downtown office building and they're investigating a possible link to the Occupy Portland camp.

Rick Bowmer, Associated Press

NEW YORK — Some of the latest developments in the Occupy protests:

CALIFORNIA

An Oakland man says a police officer shot him with a rubber bullet or beanbag while he was videotaping last week's standoff between law enforcement and a small group that took over a building and lit fires after a day of peaceful anti-Wall Street protests.

Experts in police use of force who reviewed the footage Scott Campbell captured say it appears the volley was unprovoked and inappropriate, the Oakland Tribune reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/rQfuLG).

In the video posted on YouTube (http://bit.ly/sFSYJP), Campbell, 30, is heard calling, "Is this OK?" to a line of riot gear-clad officers. He told the newspaper that he was asking if his distance from them was adequate because an officer had asked him to step back. A firearm held by an officer then is seen going off, followed by Campbell's yelps of pain.

The Oakland Police Department also has been criticized for wounding an Iraq War veteran during an Oct. 25 skirmish. City spokeswoman Karen Boyd said Tuesday that anyone who thinks they witnessed improper police conduct is encouraged to make a report with the police department's Internal Affairs division or Oakland's Civilian Police Review Board.

Officer Johanna Watson, a department spokeswoman, said Campbell's allegations already are being looked into.

NEW YORK

Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York City went old school on Tuesday as activist musicians David Crosby and Graham Nash delivered a touch of Woodstock, plans for a march to Washington were unveiled and some participants practiced another kind of democracy — voting.

Demonstrators have been making their voices heard in the nation's town squares for some time now, and the spirit of protest has remained paramount. At Zuccotti Park, Crosby and Nash, of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young were the latest entertainers to lend their talents to the cause.

The white-haired duo led a chant of "No More War!" and played a 20-minute acoustic performance for about 1,000 protesters and onlookers who stood elbow-to-elbow and spilled out of the lower Manhattan park onto nearby streets.

There was an air of nostalgia — and the smell of marijuana — wafting over the crowd as the pair had fans humming along to hits like "Teach Your Children Well," from the 1971 'Deja Vu' album, and "Long Time Gone," from their first album.

Teenager Tyler Westcott wasn't around when Crosby and Nash made it big, but knew well the impact they made.

"These relics of Woodstock came and supported our movement," said the 19-year-old college student from Hunt, N.Y., his voice rising with excitement. "It's wild, how things line up.

RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island's junior senator is trying to harness anger against big banks with a legislative effort to crack down on sky-high credit card interest rates he calls "grotesque."

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who this week visited the Occupy protesters' encampment in Providence, is introducing a bill that would close a loophole under which credit card companies are effectively able to avoid state-level caps on interest rates — and charge as much as 30 percent in some cases.

"This is something that has gone unchecked for far too long," Whitehouse said on the Senate floor Tuesday.

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