I don't believe it was "torture".... The demonstrators were in charge of what happened to them, and could have avoided this outcome repeatedly. Situations of "torture", victims have no control. That was not the case here.Why torture first?
I quite disagree, unless you have some ability to get in the mind, and heart of the Lt. that used the non lethal force.Sadistic tendencies, that's why, the Lucifer Effect in play.
Just a question though, would you have rather had the police using batons, and billy clubs to disperse the crowd? Most certainly you would have been saying excessive force then as well, no?