Do you see what happened in Oakland? That was what you call fucking stupid. Let me tell you why.
I had no idea that there were Occupy protests in Oakland. But I do now. Guess why.
All you all do by attacking peaceful protesters is make the protests grow even more rapidly than they otherwise would. Secondly, you end up spending a great deal of money on police overtime and equipment. Third, you make your municipality and yourselves vulnerable to lawsuits and investigations. Fourth and finally, you put yourself on the wrong side of both public opinion and history.
Bet you didn't expect to critically injure a two tour veteran Marine, did ya? Well you fucking did!
So now look at yourself. You spend a shitload of taxpayer money on some guys carrying signs and shouting slogans. Memo to you: A person carrying a sign isn't dangerous. Truly dangerous people don't walk around in public spaces carrying signs. You'd think I wouldn't have to tell you this because its so fucking obvious.
Do you really think your cops want to spend their day fucking with a guy with a sign? I mean seriously? Don't you think they'd be better used...I don't know...going after rapists, murderers and robbers?
Here's an idea: You got occupy protesters on your public grounds? Send one squad car around. Have the guys get out, go talk to the protesters: Here's the speech:
Hi I'm Officer Dave and this is Officer Joe. We want you to be able to exercise your constitutional rights in safety. Safety for both you and the general public. Please keep this space tidy and clean or else were going to have to start issuing fines. Don't get rowdy and harass any passers-by or else we will have to arrest you. You should behave yourselves in public as im sure your parents taught you to behave. Me and my partner will be right over there if you need us. We will let you know when there is a shift change. Have a nice day.
See that? Cheap. Simple. Nobody gets hurt. Saves taxpayers money. Saves your careers.