I am struck by the reason police give for police brutality on the Occupy Wall Street protests:
A spokesperson for the U.C. Davis police did not respond to a request for comment Saturday. Annette Spicuzza, the U.C. Davis police chief, told The Sacramento Bee that the officers used pepper spray on Friday because the police were surrounded by students. “There was no way out of that circle,” she told the newspaper. “They were cutting the officers off from their support. It’s a very volatile situation.”
Afraid for their lives they were. No place to go they said. So they just brutalized them in all possible ways. You know I have heard this we are afraid line of bull before. I heard it on a hot day in May on the Kent State campus. The Ohio National Guard, guns, gas masks, gas, billy clubs, every weapon known to man facing a university protest holding rocks and they the Guard was afraid. So afraid they killed 4 in Ohio and wounded many others. Real bullets killing real people. The military machine protecting freedom. The Bill of Rights. They were afraid. They got a way with murder. They will do it again. As in Ohio in 1970, today in Seattle, Portland, Davis, and NYC police are once again afraid armed to the nose facing unarmed civilians. They are afraid. This is Republican strategy of law and order. They campaigned on that in 1970. They have gone years now without using that lame excuse to brutalize American citizens. Now it is back.
As in 1970 we did not stop. It continued and intensified. They may kill us but they cannot stop us. In the end we won. In the end all those people who called us evil, communists, unpatriotic and told us that if we “don’t love it we can leave it” all began to speak like as, going as far to use our words. They even started to look like us. We were long-haired, dirty, jean wearing commies. But there were all these politicians, police and our parents all looking like us. We killed you they told us, but you were right after all.
The police and mayors are operating on the theory that a high body count [arrests, injuries] is winning. Truth is, if we were sleeping in tents waiting to buy football tickets, the police wouldn’t think any thing of it. They would just let us sleep, read, cook, sing and wait.
We can’t go away. We have to once again prove them wrong. Expose them for what they are, storm trooping Gestapo police who are in the business of being afraid.
FEAR IS THE ULTIMATE WEAPON!!!!!!!!!