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    Exclamation Occupy Berkeley: Police beat poet laureates, unprovoked (NYT)

    NYT piece written by a renowned poet laureate professor at Berkeley

    It was stunning to see. They swung hard into their chests and bellies. Particularly shocking to me — it must be a generational reaction — was that they assaulted both the young men and the young women with the same indiscriminate force. If the students turned away, they pounded their ribs. If they turned further away to escape, they hit them on their spines.

    NONE of the police officers invited us to disperse or gave any warning. We couldn’t have dispersed if we’d wanted to because the crowd behind us was pushing forward to see what was going on.
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    Well, since I was 6, it was clear to me that policemen were the enemy of the citizens, servants of the State. So there's nothing shocking about these news.
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    Nothing like a domestic force of military occupation to keep the people in line.

    If the recent show of force resulted in a de-militarization of local agencies I would be thrilled. Aside from removing some of the offensive capability, I think one of the biggest challenges to overcome with police work is making it appealing to people who aren't prone to behave like animals when given the opportunity.

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    What would happen if Americans had rights?

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    Where's the video?

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    Quote Originally Posted by swordpath View Post
    Where's the video evidence?
    That is illegal

    You can't videotape the police on public property

    In my state, it carries a sentence of 15 years to life in prison

    Why are you inciting crime, swordpath?

    Are you a communist, socialist, fascist, guerilla brownshirt?

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    Have you heard of google?

    One of the interesting things about the cops in most of these videos is that they're overweight children, staring into a frightening world doe eyed and ignorant.

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    Berkeley professors are known to write things that leave out lots of details..... EMO STYLE

    A Berkeley professor also chased two kids down with a chainsaw for biking through the forrest, and went to jail for assault. Another day in the life.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beargryllz View Post
    That is illegal

    You can't videotape the police on public property

    In my state, it carries a sentence of 15 years to life in prison

    Why are you inciting crime, swordpath?

    Are you a communist, socialist, fascist, guerilla brownshirt?
    Around here it's not a crime. Apparently where you live is a socialist/fascist place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swordpath View Post
    Around here it's not a crime. Apparently where you live is a socialist/fascist place.
    Yes

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