"Lopez said the use of tear gas offered better protection for children who were in danger from the sharp objects being thrown."
wait.....the cops were PROTECTING the children in the crowd by gassing them??? What is this 1984?????? We're not that stupid, yet.
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even a few bucks helps the families involved. also, a first hand account of the night:
Nice that indy week posted this! Here is another first hand account by a protester, a more extensive play by play of what happened throughout the whole demo:
As you'll see, the protesters themselves who wrote this confirm that rocks and other projectiles were thrown back at police, albeit well after the eviction at the park (at which the author of the indy account left) and after being beaten in their heads and gassed for several blocks, before making a stand at the railroad tracks near the jail. Another youtube video taken by a couple in an upstairs apartment overlooking this confrontation at the tracks confirms this brief exchange.
None of this goes to say that the police attack was justified, or for that matter, that the police are justified in any way whatsoever. When a group of people is bullied and attacked, it has a right and a duty to fight back. This does not, EVER, justify the initial aggression by the oppressor. Anybody who went to middle school knows that, in the long run, an unconfronted bully is the most dangerous, even though physically confronting the bully in the shortterm might mean negative consequences or a nasty beating. The liberal narrative of playing the victim is often taken with benevolent intention, projected onto protesters as a "favor," but we do ourselves no favor pretending to be mere passive victims. We can be powerful, too--and we must be. The politicians will not solve these problems. It is OUR power that can counter that of the police, not that of their all-too-dependent political employers.
The police will use any resistance to justify their behavior, of course, but that doesnt mean we shouldnt resist; because we wont win by "guilting" them. They attacked the protesters FIRST, and in their press releases obscured this chronology in order to retroactively justify their attack. Had the protesters not pushed back, they might have gotten beaten even worse, and in all likelihood the police would still have had to lie about protester violence in order to justify their behavior, which has gotten them in the middle of a PR nightmare.
I hope this is clarifying for some folks who werent there.
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