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originally posted by: scraedtosleep
Is the difference in approach due to the color of their skin or due to the reason that they had gathered?
Is it right for the government to treat one group one way and another group another way in a free society?
is it up to the authorities on the ground to take tactical decisions?
To the gist. No it is not right to treat people differently, but it is right to adapt your approach to the situation on the ground.
I think the difference is that this was a gathering of happiness and excitement. Not anger and resentment. Therefore the cops had a more relaxed stance and less to worry about (crowd turning against them). Plus, they didn't want to kill the buzz. They're Philly citizens too!
Big deal: 1 Canopy collapsed (at the Ritz), 1 naked pole climber arrested, 1 car flipped (Shouldn't have been left there in the first place), some green fireworks, two busted storefront windows at ground zero,
originally posted by: jtrenthacker
Comments from someone who was there:
"The article completely blows out of proportion to what happened, what was really going on: hysterically HAPPY people, of all colors & stripes, celebrating the first-ever Superbowl win. Cops in Philadelphia are racially diverse, and it was most certainly NOT an all-white crowd. The team they're cheering for is racially diverse as well. Unless you live in Philadelphia, you can't know the full impact of what this win meant to all Eagles fans, after decades of disapointment and soul-crushing loss.
Big deal: 1 Canopy collapsed (at the Ritz), 1 naked pole climber arrested, 1 car flipped (Shouldn't have been left there in the first place), some green fireworks, two busted storefront windows at ground zero, and nearly 100k fans ALL OVER THE CITY having a party at nearly every major intersection, let alone the full length of Broad st., from the core South Philly neighborhoods all the way up to City Hall. The camaraderie and shared love of this team and it's hard-fought victory (over the Pats of all teams!) is what it was about. Sorry they missed that fundamental point of last night. (And the parade to come on Thursday.)