Some of the other eyewitness accounts on that site indicate that it wasn't just the police that were at fault. Some of the protesters were juvenile "anarchists" egging the police on, screaming in their faces, and refusing to comply with simple requests (no offense inteded if you actually are an anarchist, I know what the term actually means). This isn't to say the police weren't at fault, because they were, but some of the blame needs to rest on a small contingent of the protesters as well.
Also, did you see the eyewitness account on there about the guy that brought his three children to the protest (including a ten month old). All of
them got maced. Now, while there is absolutely no excuse for macing children, why in the bleeding blue hell would you bring children to a protest?
Yeah, in a perfect world, you should be able to, but this is reality. If you know a place is prone to violent outbursts and police brutality, why
would you take your kids there? It's like if you were a female, would you walk alone at night in Oakland in California? Yeah, you ought to be able
to legally, but you'd be wise not to. The guy obviously cared more about making a political statement than the safety of his children. Makes me