San Francisco's baseball team, the SF Giants, have just won their 2nd 'world' Series in the past three years.
I parenthesize 'world' because it's not really a world anything. It's only US teams.
Being a San Franciscan, I happened to be out tonight. Not because I watch baseball. I'm not into sports.
But because a friend from out of town just happened to be having a going away party.
Firsthand, my friends and I watched people turn into drunken apes, smashing bottles and possibly shooting shotguns from the sound of it.
News reports are already surfacing (it's 3:30am as I write this):
Riots: Giants Win World Series And Fans Act Like Complete Morons
San Francisco Giants Fans Start Riots
Here's an excerpt:
Several fires were set in the middle of the street and photos and videos of a city bus burning were posted on Twitter.
By 1:45 a.m. police scanners described a group of as many as 100 rioters setting fires, smashing windows, throwing bottles at police and damaging
Here are some photos I found on my facebook page posted by friends:
Yes. Stupid. Seriously, sports fans, you guys get riled up over cloths...
Ok, on to the juice of the story.
This video leaked on ustream of the riots. 45 minutes worth. (SKIP THE AD!)
Skip to the 40 minute mark when the 'reporters' ask the police if they have any plans of arresting anyone or clearing the streets. He responds with a,
"it doesn't look like we have any plans for that."
At this point, there are already fires, bottles being smashed, and gun shots being fired. Cops were everywhere, just watching. Some people even report
that the police cheered them on (I wonder if some of the shots came from them).
Maybe I'm just going off the deep end here, but this type of action, or lack there of, leads me to suspect they wanted riots and people acting like
idiots. If you let people act like fools without drawing a line, even cheering it on, as authority figures, who's to blame when things gets rowdy?
Busses on fire is serious folks. Thats batman stuff. Even if no one got seriously hurt, pictures like that can be used in very manipulative ways by
the press and media. I'm not going to put it past them to make this into some type of excuse for something...
I'm not sure what.
Maybe more money for the police force.
Maybe more cameras watching our every moves.
Maybe TSA security checkpoints.
Maybe anything... Maybe...
I just don't trust the police to not be hitting us with sticks or shooting us with tear gas and pepper spray when things are getting lit on fire in
the streets, cars being turned upside down, windows being smashed...
I mean, we all saw what happened at the Occupy rallies, and those were peaceful...
No. These pictures will be all over the news tomorrow. I guarantee it. A 'world' Series grabs that type of attention. The media, TPTB, they know
Thanks for listening to me rant. I hope thats all it is.
edit on 29-10-2012 by Aninonymous because: (no reason given)