It seems like the Occupy movement had gone into hibernation for winter, but apparently they’re still camped out. Personally, I wouldn’t move into a pseudo-tent city to make a political point, but we all get to make our own call on that. Either way, I think this video shows a complete lack of understanding and respect for other human beings in this country. Don’t the police have something legitimate to be doing with their time rather than harassing non-violent people? Go break up a drug ring, answer a domestic dispute, hunt for online predators, something?
Stop harassing people and causing them physical pain when they have done nothing to provoke this kind of reaction. My boyfriend works for our state’s Department of Corrections– and as apolitical as he is (which astounds me sometimes), he gets so angry at these scenes because he knows how strong tasers are and how painful pepper spray is. That also means that these cops KNOW what they’re doing when they tase someone. Beyond the argument for not arresting and not evicting, how about lets not cause physical pain to other citizens of the United States for standing up for a movement which calls on our government to NOT treat us like useable, meaningless shit. Rallies don’t just include young unemployed people– they include the employed, the middle aged, the elderly, the college students. I want to go to a rally. I don’t want to be pepper sprayed or tased, or knocked onto the ground with my hands zip-tied behind me when I did nothing violent, and nothing to provoke the police.
Who is truly at the top of the chain of command in making these decisions? Are we really just to follow along, follow our superiors, when we know they’re calling bad shots? These police are just another example of everything that is wrong with this country, and why the occupy movement has taken hold of the country and the world.