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Desc:At the RNC. Take that, you dirty hippy!
Category:Crime, News & Politics
Tags:flower, rnc, Protest, police brutality
Submitted:Rodents of Unusual Size
Date:09/02/08
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Comment count is 71
Evilhead
Obviously the cop had hay fever.
Knuckles
That woman was brandishing an object in a threatening manner. The cop doesn't have time to realize it is just a flower -- he must make a split second decision about a woman waving something menacingly. With that in mind, she got what she deserved.
Stog
What if it was a flower made from C4 and watercolors? You can't trust those dirty liberals.

phalsebob
I've seen Batman. You know what the Joker can do with a flower? Terroristic things!

Binro the Heretic
They really don't give a shit who is filming them any more. The Bush administration and the neoconservatives have given cops carte blanche to do whatever they want to whomever they want in the name of "protecting" the public.

What really makes me sick is the fact the people who cheer these assholes on are the ones who always bitch and whine about being "oppressed" by evil liberals.
kelpfoot
Seriously, you think the police only started doing this shit under Bush? Do you seriously think getting pepper-sprayed is in any way comparable to the Kent State Massacre?

Anyway, five stars for spraying her AGAIN at :27.

kelpfoot
Stars.

Aelric
Kelpfoot has a point. It's not like this is anything new, just ask your parents or even grandparents. The new non-l;ethal stuff is used a little too openly and much over little shit, such as this and obviously the taser death in Vancouver, B.C. but honestly, better pepper spray than the billy club.

Don't get me wrong, it's a slippery slope, and the cops do get too much of a pass when it comes to their actions (any job where killing the wrong guy only gets you fired is kinda whack). But you know, it's not all Bush. Sometimes I wonder if the world was always this fucked up and we were simply too young to realize it before.

blah blah, it's the middle of the night and i'm wax philsophising on a video comment site.

Bobonne
Six years later...

Five for Perpetual Police State.

Aelric
I guess a rating helps

Goethe and ernie
Ignoring the potential ramifications of a situation in which the police don't give a shit what they do even on camera, that was rad. I hate hippies.
foopants
Fuck you.

Goethe and ernie
It's entirely natural for politics to come a distant second to amusing violence caught on camera.

foopants
Still, fuck you.

Goethe and ernie
Oh sir, let me fetch that tear-powered flying machine for you.

Bebido
As an evil oppressing liberal, I rubbed one out to this. The conservatives had nothing to do with this! Bwahaha!

Serious though, way to practice restraint on the pepper spray.
socialist_hentai
I don't think the cop really gives a shit about politics or that he even knows he's been given carte blanche. It's the mob mentality, give a group of people weapons (even non-lethal),a bit of authority, a mask and a uniform and they'll go all SS out of instinct. That's my opinion as a non-american, i may be wrong.
SolRo
No, it's been proven...a group of people given authority, superiority, and an adversary, will degenerate into complete pigfuckers pretty quickly.

Which is why there need to be no laws -at all- about regular people filming police, so the jackasses have some fear of punishment.

Aelric
True, and here is the link: http://www.prisonexp.org/

Turned Zimbardo into Hitler. That takes some doing, despite the fact that he looks like he should be named Bob Satan.

Desidiosus
In Canada the cops had to dress up like the protestors to try to incite them enough to get a good enough reason to crack down at one of the G8 summits, I think it was.

If they'd seen this they'd have realized they didn't need an excuse.

Gwago
Da-yom. Thanks for the link.

DMKA
Wrong, and kinda disturbing. But I still lol'd.

Yay cop!
jangbones
What the fuck do the cops need a fucking flower for, you attention whore? Try giving a flower to somebody who has a treadmill, in return for a test spin.
zatojones
OH SHIT BEING A HIPPIE ISN'T ALL FLOWERS AND WEED
DK1987
Normally I'm sympathetic to things like this but that all went out the window when I saw on the back of her dress: Funk the War.
I mean if you wear something like that you need to be sprayed.
baleen

I can totally hear the conversation that these guys had at the local cop bar afterward. The pub I used to go to during the day was a big hangout for retired cops, and their general conversation topics included "killing them all," "bombing them all," "fucking them all," and "fishing."
Billie_J_Buttfuck
Idiot woman, idiot cops. Just fucking idiots.
Meerkat
I think his response was more an art noveau commentary on her poor choice of wardrobe. A) The stye and fit made her look like the Michelin Man. B) The colour totally did not go with her blonde hair and clashed with the environment. That colour was for a Winter, not an Autumn. She was clearly an Autumn.

I would have sprayed her too.
Harold Manchester
"Flowers not guns!"
"NO FLOWERS!" *PSSSSSSSHHHH*
"Ahhhhhhhhh!!! Oh God it burns!"
"NO SCREAMING!" *PSSSSSSHHHH*
Lindner
These five stars are for YOU, you magnificent bastard!

Rudy
Yeah, it's the second stream that really sells it.

RockBolt
These are yours

Doctor Arcane
The cop was expecting roses.
sosage
No we will not go out with you. PSSSHHHH
Billy Buttsex
AAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Cleaner82
Keep sucking that government cock 'conservative'.

Brautwurst_Barbarian
Yes, billy, tell me the crime she was committing.

Fashion is not a crime.

Rodents of Unusual Size
Yeah. If it was a crime in Minnesota you'd have to spray half the population.

j lzrd / swift idiot
So much I want to say about how we should be shocked to death this happens in the shining beacon of freedom we call the United States of America etc etc, but I'll cut it short.

BITCH YOU'RE DOING TIANANMEN SQUARE WRONG YOU NEED MORE TANKS AND GROCIERY BAGS AND LESS FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS
j lzrd / swift idiot
Also, grocery bags.

zatojones
She was trying to do the old "flower in the gun barrel" gag that 60s era hippies liked, but she forgot that since the 60s the police have learned how to handle crowds in ways that don't require rifles or truncheons. Old hippies didn't have to deal with pepper spray and tazers. Now they police can squash your stupid flower child stunt without killing or seriously injuring you.

Senator_Unger
Has anyone noticed how this crap only happens at Republican conventions? I don't recall any cops doing this in Denver and there were just as many anti-war hippies there.
glasseye
The cops know which regime will support increases in their power, and which will try to reduce the amount of stomping on people's rights that they do.

Vicious
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1968_Democratic_National_Convention_p rotest_activity

Dumbass.

Xenocide
So yeah, America is a parody of itself now.
Enjoy
That was not pepper spray. That was fertilizer for the flower.
Dinky Patterson
That guy with the camera for the first spray must've gotten a great close-up.
nubilus
The hippie flower technique only works for hot girls. Fatty should have known.
Comeuppance
Let's put this in perspective:
You're in full riot gear, moving forward, with no really good way to stop moving forward easily given the number of people behind you.

If some person comes up to you, gets in your way, and persistently shoves a flower in your face, you'd want to spray her in the face too. After that, you want to do it again after you realize what a bitch move it was for her to do that.
Cleaner82
What you want to do =/= anything of any relevance at all

heyitslozeau
wait so cops are tanks without brakes now?

also, way to completely misrepresent what she was doing.

SpookyElectric
heyitslozeau, it's pretty clear that she was trying to get in the way and also shoving a flower in their faces. Her fat-rolls could have been a cleverly designed suicide belt.

it was merciful and it shows admirable restraint that he pepper-sprayed her. A 5-man truncheon beat down is much less desired.

HarveyTibbar
I'm with Comeuppance on this one. These cops aren't here to accept peace gestures, they're here to crowd control.

I'm pretty goddamn sure you can't control a crowd if they think handing out daisies is permissible. And I'm also quite certain that the police would be saying things like "Back away," 'Ma'am' optional.

Repeatedly ignoring this gets ANYONE the business-end of some non-lethal weapon, regardless what they're brandishing.

frau_eva
There are plenty of times I'd like to pepperspray someone in the face. Little kid sassing me? Spray to the face. Line not moving quickly enough? Spray to the face.

The difference is that I would get arrested for doing that, and if everyone did society would dissolve into peppersprayed chaos. But police are special and can apparently do that to anyone who mildly annoys them.

Pillager
What the fuck happened to America?

Cleaner82
Some of us stopped loving war?

CharlesSmith
It's like all the asshole cops can smell the change in the wind and want to get in as much abuse of authority as they can at this RNC before the Democrats take power.
1394
There's some pretty terrible music going on in the background there.
garcet71283
I don't think I would have been that restrained, honestly.

You give me a big stick of justice and the armor to back it up and I would go to town on everyone there (and some of the cops, just to see how long I'd last)

5 stars for spraying a hippie.
klingerbgoode
look at the power on that pepper spray! it's like a firehose!
Godard's Drinking Problem
All I could think of was Michael Richards in UHF.

RandomFerret
No, but seriously. This is horrible.
FABIO2
No fat chicks.
kingofthenothing
20 years from now, she'll be the female equivalent of V from Vendetta. She'll be offering them flowers for a much different reason.
kingofthenothing
forgive the drunken reply. V FOR Vendetta, not from.

oogaBooga
It wasnt the flower, it was the fact she was impeding their progress forward by blocking them. As you can see, they're all marching forward trying to push everyone back, and she tries to not budge at all and hide behind a pretty flower because she's just SO FUCKING SURE that the universal message of peace love and harmony will protect her from acute eye irritation and inflammation.

Dumb girl, dumb cops.
fluffy
Dumb poetv commenters too.

exar_kun
She needs to get on a treadmill.
IrishWhiskey
Ha! Yes, indeed. That girl may think she is thin and attractive, but I too deem her ugly and fat. She and other women who do not resemble the anime characters in our pornography are insufficiently attractive for our standards, and that is the only reason we do not date them. Let us celebrate this victory over self-confident women with a session of individual masturbation. Tallyho!

sparklefatty
Oh just take the fucking flower and say thank you. Jesus.
Maru
I hate this police state, but I can't make myself feel sorry for these hippie douchebags.
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