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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

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

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?
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