posted on Nov, 17 2011 @ 02:49 PM
I know everyone here hates cops, and this post won't be popular, but sometimes the facts aren't popular.
The first aggressive action was taken by a protester. Now, in Seattle, the police have been explicitly told that, rather than break out the night
sticks and tear gas, pepper spray is more appropriate to deal with an agressive/non-compliant person. The Governer has appologized to all peaceful
protesters that may have got caught up in anything, and reminded them that as long as they stay peaceful there's no problem.
He made it clear that he was not sorry to anyone who was agressive towards the police because the worst they got was pepper spray. To me its an
appropriate response to aggression, and won't escalate things like beating people with night sticks will.
Now, the old lady that got sprayed... She was more concerned about how she looked in the photos of her after being sprayed, than actually being
sprayed. It doesn't even sound like she cared all that much about OWS because in an interview she pretty much said she's a professional protester
(maybe amatuer, I'm not saying people are paying her to protest) because she saw the crowd as she was riding on a bus and decided that "I can't
miss this" (her words in a radio interview).
Personally, I say let the people protest as long as they're peaceful. If you practice civil disobedience, you're going to get arrested, dispersed,
etc. and anyone who doesn't accept this fact is an idiot.I'm just glad Seattle uses spray instead of sticks.