posted on Aug, 18 2014 @ 03:27 PM
a reply to: JesseVentura
I cannot really weigh in on the shooting incident itself until more information is available. I will say that looting/arson are despicable, and I am
confident that these actions are being perpetrated by a tiny minority of the protesters (if they are protesters and not simply opportunists).
Here are some thoughts:
* The police spoke of "smoke only" being deployed on Saturday, only to be found out to be deploying tear gas. Why lie? If tear gas is
legal/appropriate, they should use it where required. "We're not gassing anyone!" is a bit suspicious.
* The police are actively arresting/detaining/blocking/relocating journalists away from the actual events. Why not show it for what it is? If there's
nothing to hide, they have nothing to worry about, right?
* The police say they were fired upon last night which prompted their gas/rubber bullet attacks. Have they any video/bullet-holes to show us? Surely a
police presence of that size would be tough to miss if fired upon. I saw fireworks, and they make similar noises. If the police reacted to fireworks
as firearms, I am concerned with the lack of discipline.
* Snipers on armoured trucks? Isn't sniping very specific targeting? Hardly 'crowd control.'
* Why were there SWAT teams breaking off into side streets last night with assault rifles at the ready? If they were asking for the protesters to
disperse, why follow them when they do?
I think a lack of communication is the larger problem.
I'm concerned that, as with the Occupy protests, the presence of police dressed - and armed - as combat soldiers almost guarantees some sort of
I have no problem with law enforcement so long as the LEOs (a) stay within the law themselves, (b) know the laws they are enforcing [rather than just
following a directive], (c) communicate effectively.