This is a very strange scene, and I feel I cannot accurately comment on it except to note that it is strange.
I just got released from jail a few hours ago after being swept up in a mass sweep while walking through St Paul. Ironically, even though I had been protesting earlier in the day, at the time I was hit by pepper spray and arrested I was with a group of ordinary people waiting for a bus, not involved in anything.
The police cordoned off a large section of the capitol and swept everyone inside toward the bridge, including people emerging from shopping at Sears. Innocent people outside the perimeter who asked what the safe way to leave was, were ordered by police toward the (one-sided) violence and into danger, where they were promptly gassed, tazered, and arrested. This included young kids, old ladies and members of the media.
The police officers processing were generally friendly, polite, and clearly didn't want to be there. However some of the riot cops were outright assholes, laughing at a high-school girl suffering an asthma attack, and flipping off detainees. I clearly saw one ride up to two innocent bystanders in a public area, spray them in the face, and ride away. Again, that was only a few of the riot cops, but the entire response was wildly disproportionate to the peaceful protest going on.
Thank your for that first hand account Irish. As useless as it is, this being the internet, I still value it more than many of these videos.
Walk away, piggy boy. Walk away.
Back to your herd, piggy.
|Binro the Heretic |
Expect more of this in the future.
It is funny though, isn't it, that without exception these videos start at the moment the cop reacts?
Next time someone ramps their bike into a wall, I want to see what happens in the ten minutes leading up to that point.
Hmm, more evidence in support my hypothesis "Hooker is a moron." It's gaining in popularity in some circles.
Do I have my first fan?
I love the timid "owned" at the end.
I had a really good joke lined up about how wherever Republicans go, the cops end up looking like assholes... But this video is pretty uh... it's not very conclusive.
this made me happy
|Rodents of Unusual Size |
My rage is pretty much indescribable by this point.
Whenever I watch these videos of cops indiscriminately spraying crowds, I can't help but thinking that the crowd reacts exactly how my cat would react if I were to spray her with some water. That begs the question: is mace to people what water is to cats, or am I a fascist who prevents my noble feline from dicking around on my countertops?
For the record, I have been to a few protests in my time, including the FTAA meeting in Miami a few years back. I know what excessive force looks like.
I guess Vic Mackey doesn't always get his man after all.
I don't advocate violence against cops, despite how fucked up this whole RNC thing is going, but this video only further proves my point as to why people need to stop with the apologetics for this kind of authoritarian behavior. When you pull that shit, ALL COPS lose respect and for all we know this cop might maybe have actually been trying to do his job, but instead he was assaulted because how the fuck are we supposed to know which cops are doing their jobs and which ones are just tiny-dicked steroid cases with big egos?
j lzrd / swift idiot
How the fuck are we supposed to know which cops are just tiny-dicked steroid cases with big egos? Indeed.
Ever hear that joke about how to tell if a lawyer is lying?
"indiscriminately spraying the crowd." I so fucking agree with you guys, I mean that cop didn't even ask that angry crowd cheering after he's suckered punched and laying on the ground just who was going to close in and lynch him!
When you go to a political protest (left or right mind you) you had better expect the asshole next to you to throw a brick at the line of cops, and when he does you better be ready for 200 pissed off riot cops to bring their batons against your fucking head. These folks were lucky one cop was only shoulder checked.
5 for the cop getting knocked down and another 5 for hippies getting pepper sprayed.
I give you Mr. Black hoody as an anarchist, but come on! What about girl in the blue? She has the stereotypical pot head hippy slouch. And the dirty guy with the guitar crying? Man if he ain't a hippy I'll eat my hemp pucca shell choker!
I liked the little synth bit at the end.
totally lamer than the description implied
This dude was probably a vegan, which would explain why his flying body tackle barely budged the cop.
I hate dickhead cops (and this one didn't seem like too much of a dickhead,) but I'm fairly certain that I hate these fuckfaces more.
Not a smoking gun by any means, but I support all of this filming of the cops in general.
Eventually someone's going to record the next "Rodney King" and something will come of it.
Chet needs to ban a lot of people and stop allowing new users to register, or at least post.
I don't know how to rate this one. Who the hell knows what led to the arrest? I tend to side with the protesters, especially after my own experiences protesting the war in NY and DC, but we don't really know what that guy did to get himself hauled off.
I've done a bit of crowd control in Iraq, and I can tell you that the cop is a brave motherfucker and I don't blame him for using the mace to keep people from crowding in on him. You get in my face and act tough, I better knock you down, otherwise I'm trusting you not to hurt me. Mobs are scary, and all it takes is one loony blindsiding you and knocking you off your feet, and then you're on the pavement with 10 previously-chickenshit rioters stomping your skull.
And yes, I protested the war and then served in it. America's like that.
PS never wear contact lenses near a riot; most types of gas will fuse them to your eyeball.
|La Loco |
Isn't it obvious that cop is a dick? Just look at him.
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