doctorow at June 24th, 2014 13:53 — #1
boundegar at June 24th, 2014 14:16 — #2
One of the things I'll never get is why the police even get involved in peaceful protest. Unless it's a protest against police brutality or racial profiling, they have no dog in the fight. Why can't they just stand back and maintain order? In my youth I probably attended a dozen rallies, and the cops just stood around looking bored. Why would they choose to crack down on cameras?
It's like a subset of another puzzle. When Mubarak and Qadaffi were faced with demonstrations, why did they order the army to shoot? Why couldn't they just make a few cosmetic reforms and rely on the media to delegitimize the protesters? Why do the people in power sometimes insist on acting like melodrama villains?
filthyhabits at June 24th, 2014 14:27 — #3
I am sorry this is news to you, it is called being in control; The United States is about to go through its own growing pains, and has already started to prepare. Good luck.
bob_shaw at June 24th, 2014 14:47 — #4
Very poor use of scarce Police resources, an own goal yet again by the boys in blue. Media coverage as follows: "Terrorist pensioners and their tame Al-Jazeera reporter sentenced to Death in Sheffield, next after this celebrity titillation story...'
purplecat at June 24th, 2014 15:13 — #5
In other news:
charlies at June 24th, 2014 15:21 — #6
It's because of who the police departments are hiring. When you hire thugs, you get thuggish behavior from your police. Generally, the people who most want the power, are the same people who should never be given the power. Raise the pay and filter the applicants. Aggression should get you sacked, not promoted.
the_borderer at June 24th, 2014 15:39 — #7
South Yorkshire Police: Official Police service of the Conservative Party
earnestinebrown at June 24th, 2014 15:52 — #8
sargemisfit at June 24th, 2014 16:39 — #9
Another example of the slippery slope leading to a police state
silverfang1977 at June 24th, 2014 17:11 — #10
They mean to wage war on their own citizens, don't they?
crenquis at June 24th, 2014 17:49 — #11
Because it is in their nature...
boundegar at June 24th, 2014 18:52 — #12
That story is that old? I never knew. Thanks, Aesop!
EDIT: What a weird cartoon - I just noticed the frog's reflection says USA - but not his body. And who the hell is the scorpion in this? Lobbyists for Big Venom?
crenquis at June 24th, 2014 19:07 — #13
Ya, didn't notice until later -- it is a Ramirez 'toon, so the Scorpion probably represents some right-wing boogieman (edit: or Hillary Clinton).
l_mariachi at June 24th, 2014 23:09 — #14
Since it’s brown and crossing a river, it probably represents undocumented Mexican immigrants.
bolamig at June 25th, 2014 02:57 — #15
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/terrorismTerrorism: the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.
The police are the terrorists.
shaddack at June 25th, 2014 10:26 — #16
A default response of the bystanders to any altercation with police, especially if cameras are involved, should be pulling out their own cameras (or phones) and start recording. (Or at least looking like that if their device has no camera, to act as a decoy.) That way the cops will meet what can be considered an "overwhelming force" and have a high chance of never being able to "recover" all recordings.
crenquis at June 25th, 2014 13:24 — #17
Well, the tail does sort of form a crescent shape so it could be that other group that the right wing likes to bellow about...
boundegar at June 25th, 2014 18:17 — #18
brainspore at June 25th, 2014 18:20 — #19
That's because someone photoshopped the context out of the original version:
doctorow at June 29th, 2014 13:53 — #20
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