Sunday, November 20, 2011

Occupiers hold NYC park by force

NYPD Occupying Liberty Square; Demands Unclear
"New York, NY — The NYPD have been occupying Liberty Square since 1:00am Tuesday morning, with the brand new occupation now set to enter its second day in just a few short hours. But will anyone listen to them when their message is so incoherent?

"What are their demands?" asked social historian Patrick Bruner. "They have not articulated any platform. How do they expect to be taken seriously?..."

Glenn Greenwald, The roots of the UC-Davis pepper-spraying,
"The now-viral video of police officers in their Robocop costumes sadistically pepper-spraying peaceful, sitting protesters at UC-Davis (details here) shows a police state in its pure form. It’s easy to be outraged by this incident as though it’s some sort of shocking aberration, but that is exactly what it is not..."

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  1. The true power and the glory of the response of the kids at UC Davis to she who ordered the macing is up at my place.


  2. So one campus policeman gets his 15 minutes of fame ! Just maybe he will find himself unemployed after this fiasco ! His ugly mug has been seen worldwide by now :-)


  3. It is not a single policeman who needs to be in a different line of work. An article in The Atlantic correctly notes the problem is far deeper.
    "Structures, in the sociological sense, constrain human agency. And for that reason, I see John Pike as a casualty of the system, too. Our police forces have enshrined a paradigm of protest policing that turns local cops into paramilitary forces. Let's not pretend that Pike is an independent bad actor. Too many incidents around the country attest to the widespread deployment of these tactics. If we vilify Pike, we let the institutions off way too easy. "

    Why I feel bad for the pepper spraying policeman Lt. John Pike



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