This is kind of a must read. Norm Stamper, a former Seattle police chief who was in charge during the WTO riots in 1999, offers an incredibly cogent takedown of police brutality towards Occupy protesters.
I read this aloud to Luke on the bus today because his phone was out of battery but mine wasn’t.
My support for a militaristic solution caused all hell to break loose. Rocks, bottles and newspaper racks went flying. Windows were smashed, stores were looted, fires lighted; and more gas filled the streets, with some cops clearly overreacting, escalating and prolonging the conflict. The “Battle in Seattle,” as the WTO protests and their aftermath came to be known, was a huge setback—for the protesters, my cops, the community.
This is truly atrocious. Scott Olsen, 23, served in Iraq twice with the Marines and is currently under sedation with a skull fracture and brain swelling after the Oakland police threw a tear gas canister at him. They threw a second as fellow demonstrators rushed to his aid.
Out of curiosity, were there any other injuries to protestors? I feel like the only reason people are outraged by this is because he’s a Marine, which I find troubling on a few levels.