I am surprised by the restraint I have seen on the news regarding the police. I was expecting them to be out there full-force with riot shields,
helmets, batons, and black padded suits. All I have seen is cops in their regular uniforms trolling around on bicycles. Plucking a few bad apples from
the tree, but not cutting down the tree.
McCarthy talks about police's NATO strategy
"I don't want to see tear gas deployed," he said. "We have changed our continuum. That is not going to be deployed without my direct order that we're
deploying tear gas. I do not want to use less than lethal munitions, whatever that is, bean bags or anything like that. We have a goal that we are not
going to disperse crowds. We're going to take people who are committing crimes out of those crowds. And we've train for that."
The police are actually taking a step-back on this one from what we have seen in other cities, but that is not enough? They are not letting a few
knuckleheads ruin it for the rest of the protestors. What is wrong with that? Just more of the usual moans, groans, and complaints about the police.
As for those arrested for allegedly having molotov cocktails? Lets wait until they get their day in court to decide who is right and who is wrong.
Here is another person who was not so peaceful in their ways.
protestor charged with assaulting police officer
Danny L. Johnson, 31, of Los Angeles, was ordered held today on $10,000 bond on charges of aggravated battery of a police officer, a felony, and
obstruction of traffic, a misdemeanor.
During the immigration rally, Johnson was seen “jumping up and down,” yelling obscenities and obstructing traffic, Assistant State’s Attorney
Lorraine Scaduto said.
When a Chicago police sergeant working a bicycle team told Johnson to move up the street, Johnson punched the sergeant in the chest, causing him to
fall off his bike, Scaduto said.
Scaduto said Johnson is currently on probation in California for a misdemeanor conviction for remaining at the scene of a riot.
It looks like the attention-seekers, trouble-makers, and rabble-rousers are getting no play from the police? I don't have a problem with that?
Perhaps, some do? I do have a problem with riot starters, vandals, and individuals who use these protests as a means to cause chaos at the expense of
others like the peaceful protestors, city residents, and even the police. That is just me though.
edit on 20-5-2012 by Jakes51 because: (no