that being said, the point stands. to claim that these people have no choice but to break the law because that's the demand of a fundamental human right is laughable at best, and worrying that intelligent people would ever give it credence at worst.
you apparently missed the part about the heart stoppages. smoke grenades are about as non-lethal as you get. hell, we throw them at ourselves during tactical maneuvering.Then the swat teams should get new equipment.
however, if you would like to (say) fire all the teachers in America so that we can afford to equip each swat team with magic foam, i urge you to write your congressman. Until that day, I think I will not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
the simple fact is that this was handled excellently by the police, who avoided causing physical harm as much as was humanly possible despite the fact that this sentiment was not shared by those who were attacking them.The simple fact is that this was handled badly by the police, who by their actions were willing to cause real physical harm
here you are bitching about smoke grenades and rubber bullets - i notice you seem to have no words for those who would hurl stones, bottles, and firecrackers and police.
I have stood on the other end of a riot defensive line, and you have no idea what you are talking about. these guys showed professional discipline. LACK of discipline would have been refusing orders to use non-lethal means and moving to take on the protestors with the same level of aggression that they were being shown. If they had moved to mow down the crowd with live rounds, that would have been lack of discipline. if there had been a police riot in return where they had moved into the crowd swinging batons and hurting as many people as they could in revenge for being attacked themeslves, that would have been a lack of discipline. shooting a smoke grenade in response to people trying to physically hurt you requires intense discipline.when they should have been better prepared and more disciplined given that their methods were going to get someone seriously hurt or killed at some point.
no. civilized people do not act like anarchist parasites. the people representing civilization in this story are the ones we have hired to defend us., this is what civilized people do.