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  •  Why do you think this violence is OK? (5+ / 0-)

    Wake up. this is a police state. My apologies to protestors exercising their 1st amendment rights brutally beaten by a gang of thugs.

    Deliberately looking to beat up peaceful protesters doesn't make anyone some kind of romanticized hero or an officer of the law - it make that person look like a mindless thug without any regard for the law at all. I no longer support this gang that calls themselves "police".

    I'm tired of the poor being criminalized, I'm tired of peaceful protesters being criminalized. Wake up and look at what's really going on.

    "I read this- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I read every last word of this garbage, and because of this piece of $#!^ I'm never reading again!"-Officer Barbrady

    by Broke And Unemployed on Sun May 20, 2012 at 09:57:07 PM PDT

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    •  I was downtown all weekend -- CPD was friendly (1+ / 0-)
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      Please stop making excuses for the fools who were trying to provoke the police.  There has clearly been a group of a few hundred idiots whose only purpose seems to be to try to fight with the police. These Black Bloc morons are not protestors -- they are idiots and thugs.

      •  The CPD are not officers of the law, (0+ / 0-)

        they are idiots and thugs. Please stop making excuses for the fools who were trying to provoke the protesters.

        "I read this- Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand. I read every last word of this garbage, and because of this piece of $#!^ I'm never reading again!"-Officer Barbrady

        by Broke And Unemployed on Mon May 21, 2012 at 07:07:49 AM PDT

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      •  Even if I could accept your premise that the (0+ / 0-)

        police were provoked, I am still left wondering why they are not trained to better handle the provocation.  After all, these "Black Bloc morons" have been around for quite a while.  

        This is what the Walker Report said about police behavior in 1968, and it doesn't look like there has been much change:

        "During the week of the Democratic National Convention, the Chicago police were the targets of mounting provocation by both word and act. It took the form of obscene epithets, and of rocks, sticks, bathroom tiles and even human feces hurled at police by demonstrators.  Furthermore, the police had been put on edge by widely published threats of attempts to disrupt both the city and the Convention.
        ”That was the nature of the provocation. The nature of the response was unrestrained and indiscriminate police violence on many occasions, particularly at night."
        Because they are trained and paid public employees, they are, and should be, held to a higher standard than civilians, protesting legally or not.

        "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

        by Susan Grigsby on Mon May 21, 2012 at 05:55:10 PM PDT

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