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Lederman explained, “The commanders knew the teargas and flashbangs would cause people to panic and run, yet they elected to shoot SIM into the densely packed crowd and it is only a matter of luck that more people weren’t injured as severely as Scott Olsen or killed. If the police had done sufficient planning for the demonstration and followed their own Crowd Control Policy, the use of weapons could have entirely been avoided. After all, no other Bay Area city responded to Occupy with SIM or teargas and no other city has incurred the enormous costs that the people of Oakland have as a result
Settlement, hell. When are they going to charge the police who did this criminally? Oh, right, they won't even fire them. Because cops.
It's that one cop. Just one. Chose to take aim and shoot Scott in the head. Directly. No games and no B.S.. Scott Olsen and his Navy buddy from Vets for Peace were standing tall, without hesitating or flinching...and without threatening, and I think it pissed off one cop more than his self control could handle.
The crowd as a whole WAS a threat and the cops were scared for good reasons...but at least one chose to try killing one of the most harmless protesters on-site.
Careers should have flat out ended over that, and for cause...not just those for political expediency.
Bull, You forget one thing.
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Apparently we might just need the 2nd so we can exercise the 1st...