The "Occupy Maui Should Adhere to Nonviolence" commentary [Feb. 23-29 issue of the Maui Weekly] by Rhonda Glass contained a lot of misinformation. For the most part, mainstream media's coverage of the Occupy movement has been false, disingenuous, misleading or they just didn't get it right. It seems like the mainstream media has an agenda, or all the information they include in their reporting came from just one side. The police have been giving out a lot of misinformation to cover up their blatant disregard for the Constitution and the First Amendment. Indeed, for the most part, it is the police that have been starting the violence.
In downtown Oakland, which is a high crime area, during the time of the active Occupy encampment, the crime rate actually went down 19 percent--a statistic the city was careful to conceal.
"It may be counter to our statement that the Occupy movement is negatively impacting crime in Oakland," the police chief wrote to the mayor in an email that local news station KTVU later obtained and released to little fanfare.
Here is a link to an article that will give a much clearer picture of what has happened and will be happening in the future: www.salon.com/2012/02/21/the_truth_about_violence_at_occupy.
Alan Crammatte With Occupy Wall Street - Maui Ha'iku