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Category:News & Politics, Crime
Tags:CNN, police brutality, Black guy reaction shots, riots, Ferguson
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Comment count is 31
SolRo - 2014-08-19
black guys muted reaction 5 stars
ShiftlessRastus - 2014-08-20
Yeah, this needs the "Black guy reaction shots" tag.

dairyqueenlatifah - 2014-08-20
It's the perfect reaction.

kamlem - 2014-08-19
What nationality could possibly be so casually racist?
misterbuns - 2014-08-19

Xenocide - 2014-08-19
The cable news media's coverage of Ferguson is just a sideshow now. Anytime it's not repeating something that a blogger, local news crew or civilian on the ground already broke hours earlier, it's making an ass of itself.

See also: http://i.imgur.com/edCfR5j.png
Prickly Pete - 2014-08-19
I don't get it. What's offensive about water cannon?
Sanest Man Alive - 2014-08-19
Nothing really, assuming you never learned about America's blacks, their struggle for equality in the 1950s/60s/to this day, and the methods used by police in many areas to enforce their place as separate from "proper" society.

kingarthur - 2014-08-19
Plus being hit with a fire hose or water cannon is like being sandblasted and hit with a tank simultaneously.

baleen - 2014-08-19
Also the right to assemble is protected in the Constitution.

Cena_mark - 2014-08-19
She believes the protesters will immediately go home to change out of their wet clothes.

SolRo - 2014-08-19
it gets the police dogs wet, and no one likes wet-dog smell.

EvilHomer - 2014-08-20
I would ratherbe teargassed than watercannoned, at least in an open area lije the streets of Ferguson. Teargas is fucking awful, but the biggest effects are psychological; it leaves no lasting damaging, and within a minute of leaving the area you're fine. Watercannons will fuck you up, and have the potential to cause lasting physical damage (there was a notorious case a few years ago where a German man was blinded by one of those things). You have to remember, it isn't like turning a garden hose on someone. It's a solid lance of high-pressure water that can rip people's clothes off.

Honestly, tear gas is just a better deterrent all around. People are less likely to screw around when tear gas comes into play, since one whiff can be enough to trigger a panic response, and everyone knows its reputation, whereas many civilians might not take watercannons seriously until they actually get smacked in the face by one. Tear gas is also less dangerous, which is the core tactical requirement for non-lethal weapons systems.

Of course, there's a third alternative. I just checked on Wikipedia, and apparently they've now got watercannons that fire water MIXED WITH teargas.

TeenerTot - 2014-08-20
"apparently they've now got watercannons that fire water MIXED WITH teargas."

Cue sharks with guns for heads.

TeenerTot - 2014-08-20
Wait, wait...

The dogs with BEES in their mouths, and when they bark they shoot BEES at you.

EvilHomer - 2014-08-21
Yeah, I was going to say they need to mount cannons in the mouths of police dogs, so when the dogs bark they shoot teargas water at you... but then I got sad, because we're probably not far from that being a real thing.

Binro the Heretic - 2014-08-19
Old_Zircon - 2014-08-19
It ain't bad in the day if they squirt it your way.
Father Avalanche - 2014-08-20
cept in the winter, when it's froze

giygusattack - 2014-08-20
and it's hard when it hits on your nose

Leviathant - 2014-08-19
I almost give her a free pass because she's Australian, and is likely as familiar with 60s protests in America as most Americans are with the Australian policy of kidnapping aboriginal children to breed the color out of them.

But she's supposed to be a journalist. It's supposed to be her job to know what she's talking about. Those are questions you ask yourself before you get in front of a camera, so that you understand the answers and don't elicit an amazing reaction from your co-host.
Rodents of Unusual Size - 2014-08-19
Well to be fair I think everyone knows their own country's history better than others around the world. I imagine Australia probably has a footnote about civil rights in America, but I am concentrating here on her genuine concern about the use of tear gas. So I'm willing to give her credit where its due. She wants what a lot of people want, which is for the police to deal with people humanely, even if they are running around breaking and stealing shit.

Soccer riots are the closest most other countries come to violence and they usually use water cannons then. That's probably why she came up with it.

SolRo - 2014-08-20
"Soccer riots are the closest most other countries come to violence and they usually use water cannons then. That's probably why she came up with it."


Rodents of Unusual Size - 2014-08-20
Sorry, I was forgetting about the Great Wallaby Riots of 06 and the Kookaburra Uprising of 07.

SolRo - 2014-08-20
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2005/dec/12/australia.bernardorio rdan

SolRo - 2014-08-20
Hell, Scotland had a riot just to celebrate a new park.

"2010 - New Park riots pupils riot in a newly built park, several injured in Glasgow, Scotland"


memedumpster - 2014-08-20
You also forgot about the Arab Spring and the fact that every single citizen of the goddamned earth knows more about American history than Americans, because we live in a slaver's habitrail.

SolRo - 2014-08-20
I just assumed he ment that other western countries never have riots.

memedumpster - 2014-08-20
France does, we make fun of them for it, rioting over social conditions is for poosies.

SolRo - 2014-08-20
....yeah, that's my point.

Robin Kestrel - 2014-08-20
And to solve the problem of police not being able to tell the journalists from the protesters, maybe the protesters could sew a yellow star on their clothing or something.
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