Occupy Cal: This is what Courage looks likeIf you’re an American or anyone around the globe, who saw America’s constitutionally-guaranteed rights of free speech and peaceful assembly as proof that some pockets of liberty can take hold, this video of California police officers pummeling unarmed students will break your heart. At the same time, the amazing bravery and conviction these students display in the face of police assault inspires hope that America might be great and proud again …someday.
Replay the video a few times and note that the craven cop who struck the first baton blow went after a young woman probably 60 lbs. lighter than himself, even without all his riot gear. Disgraceful. Unforgivable. Every one of those officers who used their batons in this incident should be fired. Their use of force was vastly out of proportion to the situation.
I realize police officers have a tough and dangerous job for less pay than they deserve. I have great respect for the overwhelming majority of police, who do the hard work of defending our streets, our families, our property with firm equanimity. The baton-crazy officers in this confrontation disgraced their ranks. I hope that the police officers who truly believe in one justice for all will drum-out the thugs in this incident.
To the Police Officers of California and throughout America: Please don’t let thugs in your ranks or pressure from politicos shit all over the peoples’ respect that you’ve worked so hard to earn. Without that respect, your jobs will be a lot harder. Do the right thing.
You Students Make Me Proud
The brutality of the police in this video makes me sick, but the courage of the students, standing their ground blow after blow and maintaining a disciplined non-violent reaction make me want to cry with pride. Their strength gives me hope. I’d begun to despair that we Americans no longer had the fight in us. Boy was I wrong.