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  •  I don't dismiss the need for Occupiers to be (2+ / 0-)
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    more circumspect and think through their responses with authorities.

    However, your comment here illustrates the point many in the #Occupy movement are making about police. About the authoritarian mentality accepted by way too many of us. Even if the protestor messed up by walking away, his verbal protests are only "resistance" in the minds of authoritarian types - in the imaginations of those who think any contrary word by a child towards a parent is "disrespect" and warrants "discipline". And they certainly don't justify the response by the OPD officers.

    Was it "resistance" when the gentleman famously pleaded "don't tase me bro!" several years ago?

    Even though you may not intend to put it that way, this seems to justify the idea that actions taken by the cops are never to be questioned. You seem to have accepted the meme that civilians should be extra angelic in the face of law enforcement, but law enforcement should be given the benefit of the doubt. Why should civilians be held to an unreasonably higher standard than those who are paid and trained to protect public safety? I say it should be the other way around. Police officers should be held to a higher standard.

    We need to combat the idea of "contempt of cop" being an unwritten but quasi-official crime. If courts find officers in the right for using "resisting arrest" or "disorderly conduct" as an all-purpose justification for whatever they may do, then damnnit! We need to call that CW into question.

    liberal bias = failure to validate or sufficiently flatter the conservative narrative on any given subject

    by RockyMtnLib on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 08:00:25 AM PST

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    •  I once watched police officers deal with (0+ / 0-)

      a guy displaying out of control behavior very similar to the man in this video. They surrounded him, starting with about five officers (thus protecting the public and maybe the guy too). By the time he was surrounded with a dozen or so officers--maybe about five long minutes--I guess he had tired himself out somewhat, and he was rational enough to see he had to submit. He did so calmly, was put in the back seat of a cruiser and off they went.

      Had there been a crowd of people around yelling at the cops and blowing whistles, maybe the cops would not have been so patient and wanted to get it over with before the situation possibly escalated. As it was, we watchers didn't approach (in an active shopping center parking lot) and watched from a distance.

      Here is a link to a longer version of this taser incident.

      We should remember too that the cops nowadays are victims of a decaying corrupt culture and various degrees of increasing paramilitary training.

      "...just ordinary people, you know, people who are not famous, if they get together, if they persist, if they defy the authorities, they can defeat the largest corporation in the world. - Howard Zinn

      by Sean X on Thu Feb 02, 2012 at 01:47:39 PM PST

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