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Originally posted by mecheng
Everyone has rights (except the arabs in Guantanamo). Even people who have been charged with a crime have rights. This is the problem. People forget that. People have the right to protest and the police forget that.Now, if the rioters have become violent, I believe the police have the right and ability to defend themselves and use their resources to bring the situation under control.
The problem is that many, many times the police abuse their power.
Protester Shot with Rubber Bullets Shows Police Disconnect, Brutality
More over, I don't like the comments about 'testing'... like protesters are now a bunch of gunea pigs.
Please answer this... if they are supposedly 'Non-Lethal' then why is he worried about using them on the battlefield? In a war you're going to kill people anyway. So why would there be outrage by the global community?
Originally posted by DeusEx
People DO have the right to protest, not riot.
Protests are generally peaceful. Riots are not. However, PEOPLE also fail to make the distinction between riots and protests, especially when they are the ones heaving rocks at cops. For many people, violence against police doesn't count as violence. Passive resistance doesn't count as resistance. And that's where you go wrong.
Yes, well, I don't like how suddenly all cops are faceless stormtroopers, and everyone has carte-blanche to badmouth them. I watched the video, and it seems pretty by the book to me. Could go for more teargas, though. But that's just me. As for the police officers laughing and stuff...so? Welcome to the real world. Cops are people too, to lampoon the whine of the moddery. I laughed along when my teacher told about he disabled a woman attacking him with a knife by kicking her in the groin so hard she almost passed out. Now, the .shots...that's dangerous, shouldn't have been done. But pegging someone after they've been screaming at you for half an hour (or however long the woman said) that you're Nazis, stormtroopers, etc. has GOT to feel good.
The issue is, as usual, the media turning something minor into something major. In they turned comments by police officers after doing their jobs into a major sob story. What, do you think that men and women in uniform are all somber after duty, and they all stand around nodding severely because they don't enjoy what they do?
Jeez, even when I worked warehouse people cracked jokes about almost dropping a half-tonne of insulin three stories. You whine for empathy, well, it works both ways.