What’s wrong with the ‘evolution’ of force by police .. NY Times image … to me, this speaks volumes. Militarization of police is part of the problem.
I remember when I saw how police were outfitted for the Democratic National Convention – I was appalled. They clearly came for a fight. Oppression of protesters was clear. Protesting and free speech are protected and should not be stifled.
You might easily imagine how revolting I thought the ‘police’ force suppressing the Oakland Occupy movement was. Peaceful protesters were harmed, one Iraq veteran was permanently maimed, and a group of ‘agitators’ were very, very easily and obviously not Occupy protesters but organized violence to discredit the Occupy movement. I would not be surprised if they were from police force.
It becomes obvious that Occupy was a threat to the corporate-wealthy status quo and was characterized as something which it was not… it attracted other police officers, teachers, blue collar workers, students….. the main theme was this:
we are all equal, we want everyone to be treated equitably and humanely, we want global peace, we are one human family that deserves fair treatment – all people, all countries – where no one is homeless, no one is hungry, education and medical care for all, all wars should cease.
Now I ask you: what is so radical about ceasing war and promoting equitable treatment for all?