posted on Nov, 10 2011 @ 10:29 AM
Before you flame, mind you that I am neither condoning or supporting the actions of the police in this video.
There are rules that have to be followed, both for those on the sides of the protestors and those on the sides of the police. We do not know what all
is going on in this video, save that which it shows and only shows us, taking the entire situation out of context.
While the video shows aggressive force on the part of the police, it leads to questions as to what was the build up, the students were protesting
surrounded by the police. Were they given fair warning, such as disperse, come no closer? That is not shown or heard on the video tape. Nor is the
location mentioned at all, is this say a public park or a private establishment? Did they have the right to be there, or were they trespassing?
Those are the kinds of questions that need to be answered before we can make any sort of judgment as to who is right and who is wrong.
On the side of the protestors, the question is why did they not pull a Gandhi in this case, first group walks up, gets beaten, pulled away and the
next group comes up, over and over? Or do a sit down and not move, going fully dead weight, making the police work twice as hard, why stand there and
keep inching forward? Did they not think that the police would respond and what kind of response did they think that they would get, the police would
just throw down their weapons and join them or let them pass?
The reality is that in our pursuit of law and order in our society, we have entrusted the keeping of such to the police. We ask much of them and
demand that they act above the law. To that end they try, and like all humans are often subject to seeing the best and worst that humanity offers.
We can not hear what all was being stated by the police to the people in front as the chanting drowned them out and thus an investigation would need
to be conducted, along with testimony on the part of both the protestors who got hit and the police who did the striking. Should no warning was given
before any of this, then the police was at fault, but if warning was given, then the police should be exonerated from charges.
Most police and law enforcement have procedures that they must follow, be it for the better or worse, and be it that we do or do not like those
procedures they are there to protect both the innocent and the guilty alike. I for one would have liked to see any and all evidence in this instance
before making judgment call.