ygmir wrote:I think at times what hurts "the cause" is a certain number of folks, within said crowd, who just want to "stir it up", become confrontational and create the "scene"......which then escalates.
Did you watch the video Yg?
I was looking for that exact thing. I am usually the first in line to look at the crowd before LEO response because there is a tendency to blame authority without accepting responsibility.. I didnt see it here. To have a LEO walk up, unholster pepper spray, let loose and then simply walk away id very disturbing and is indicative of "police action" moreso than "police response"
yes, I did. with great interest, in fact.
I totally agree, the appearance of "police action", is very real.
I guess, experience has shown (to me), that in any large scale protest like that, that my statement holds true.
I'm not saying much of what was filmed is not blatant brutality.
I'd also submit, much is not filmed,and, may make a difference.
I just don't see things like that as "clear cut".
I've been on both sides of those circumstances. I've seen asshats on both sides, too.
Mostly, it points out the incivility we are progressing towards, as a society.
No real care for our "fellows" unless they are part of our "group".
A cop is hit with a rock, or bottle, or something, for standing protecting some store front or whatever, during a protest. they have done nothing, to anyone.
A protester, is maced, and beaten, for voicing their opinion, cussing and pointing their middle finger. They have done nothing, to anyone.
both are in uniform, and identified by the others, as such.
Both, are judged, by said uniform, and actions taken, based thereon.
*uniform can be cops suits, helmets and shields, or tye dye, dreads, and patchouli, for this example*
I don't see a lot of difference.