But I notice you failed to answer both of my questions.
Have you never seen an officer of the law use the phrase "cracking skulls" or some obvious variant?
Have you never seen an officer of the law go way too far?
Behave in a grossly disrespecful fashion?
Revel in the hope of getting to hurt somebody?
Subjective question. On youtube, yes. In my own work, no.Have you never seen an officer of the law go way too far?
Subjective question. On youtube yes, In my own experience, no.Behave in a grossly disrespecful fashion?
No. On Reno 911 yes. In my own experience, no.Revel in the hope of getting to hurt somebody?
But I have also seen some HORRIFIC behavior on the part of LE first hand, with my own eyes and ears.
I actually have a fairly strong expression of the "sheriff" genetic traits. Its part of my primary nature to "watch over" others. Keep an eye on the kids and old ladies and make sure they're ok. I've met a lot of cops with these traits.
Many in our modern police forces have strong expressions of the "warrior" genetic traits.They approach the whole "problem" of policing differently by nature.
And in my opinion, when the "warrior" types strongly outnumber or outrank the "sheriff" types, serious problems arise with the entire array of issues involved in effective policing.
I say all this to explain why I am so personally offended by what appears to have happened in Oakland. Not just the incident where the vet was injured, but the entire "clearing" operation.
Civil disodedience is a ritualized revolutionary activity adopted as a means to effect revolutionary level change without the normally commensurate bloodshed and destruction of property.
The alternative is the dichotomy between capitulatory obedience or bloody revolution.
And as one who feels compelled to look out for everybody, and seek the "best" solution for ALL parties, the elimination or oppression of the techniques of civil disobedience must be opposed to prevent the dichotomy that existed before it was devised from re-imposing itself onto the world.
Last edited by What if...?; 10-27-11 at 08:05 PM.
I've been over on FaceBook looking at pics of some of the injured - ghastly. What is really upsetting is most of the injuries are on their backs and the back of legs- they were being pelted with rubber bullets while they were running from the area. The Mayor of Oakland is backpedaling her support of the LEOs actions: Occupy Oakland: Mayor Quan Issues Contrite Statement after Police Crackdown | City Brights: Aimee Allison | an SFGate.com blog
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