posted on Aug, 20 2004 @ 02:36 AM
The guy was out of line. Police did what they had to...did you see the cop up close to the camera when the crowd was going nuts? He reached down and
un snapped his holster and almost pulled his gun....the situation on both sides was tense...
The guy was obviously not thinking clearly...emotionally driven by a night of terror followed up by extreme frustration that he was not allowed to go
into a disaster zone. He challenged a blockade and lost.
Do you REALLY think the copswanted/desired to have to restrain this guy?
especially knowing more than the population did about conditions there?
Do you think they enjoyed increasing suffering of fellow citizens, they KNOW have probably lost everything thru no fault of their own? The PD didnt
"know" this guy from any other person, but it was likley they understood he was a local, wasnt a criminal, and was under extreme emotional
The PD had a job to do an i dont envy them.
The guy was being reckless to even think to bring his kids into a place like that to start with...first clue he was not in full mental capasity....
The man became beligerant and edgy at the checkpoint, when asked to calm down and go back, he snapped, not wildly, but enough that PD thought for his
OWN safety, and the PD's, this guy needed to be restrained.
Do you think the crowd heard off camera would have rioted if they had seen them let this guy thru but not others? Heck the pd almost had a riot until
people realized that control was going to be enforced.
I only hope they treated him like a drunk...detained him, taken him away to cool off, show him some compassion, and NOT charge him...let him go once
the man was stable again. Hopefully his arrest will be suspended on his record because i feel the man was indeed at the end of his rope...he normally
wouldnt have done this except that his WHOLE LIFE had just been scattered to the winds. He was not thinking clearly about his own safety, let anlone
his kids..(he was, just in an odd way)
Im amazed that some of you can be so serious about your anti-authority stance here...i agree, lots of cops are jerks, but they are humans, that
usually live in the communities they serve....thier job is tough enough without regular citizens giving them a problem (i understand this was tough
for both sides in this case)