He should have put the pedal to the metal much earlier. No reason for him to become a Reginald Denny victim of a dancing 'Football' Williams. These morons had no right to be in the street to begin with.
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Did you notice how no one pulled a gun on the car? I noticed.
Be it a legacy of racism or whatever, these protests show that something is badly broken in our society. People who usually will go on about tyranny and not trusting the government are all about trusting the government here, and vice versa. Sorry but if you have a problem with heavy handed government tyranny, you should have a problem with what happened in Ferguson. You should have a problem with using the military as a police force.
It's not about race as much as it's about the relationship between the government and the governed. This, the Tea Party and OWS are all about that. I know that many here are too partisan to see that, but it is true.
My initial view was there is nothing wrong with what the driver did, but I'm not so sure after watching in many times.
If you are in your car and a bunch of people are standing in the street for whatever reason and won't move, can you decide to just push thru them with your car? In my opinion no - no different than if people are annoying standing in a doorway talking (not rare) I can't just forcibly shove them out of the way.
The car was attacked ONLY have a teenage girl's leg was trapped under the car - for which if the car went forward further she could have been seriously hurt.
They driver changed lanes to the right to the slowly push thru the crowd, rather than to the left where a lane was open. The driver also could have simply backed up.
That was not a riot, it was a protest. My inclination now is against the driver. If 20 people are standing in front your car - whether it be in a St Patrick's street party, impromptu football game win, or a protest, I don't think you can just put it in gear and drive - since you could knock people into other people not even knowing what's happened - which is what happened.
I think the driver was likely in the wrong, unless the driver was being threatened BEFORE he started to drive into people. On the driver's behalf, he did stop when it appears he realized someone was knocked down and under his car. When she was clear, he then slowly drove on with the car under attack. I'm ok with that.
What I'm not ok is he deciding to push thru a group of people with his car when the people were making no threats - or least none I saw. Even then, he should have backed up.
Protests are very American. That was a protest, not a riot.
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