It strikes me that what we’re having here in the troubles between protestors and police lies in our respective expectations. No speaking as a (potential) protestor we are largely out to peacefully protest. Dang the fools who just have to be rude and belligerent, we just want to be heard. The police on the other hand are apparently seeing us as lawbreakers, and they are taught just one way to handle lawbreakers. You know, thrash ’em.
It essentially comes down to a matter of how our police are trained to handle people like us. A matter of how they are taught to consider us and as a result of their consideration how to treat us. To the cops we’re causing trouble and they need to be rough in order to discourage such behavior. We aren’t teaching them to think of us in any other way and so of how to treat us in any other way. Our calls to see the police de-escalate a situation is asking them to see the situation as one that needs de-escalation instead of as one that just needs a good bashing.
You get right down to it, what I’m seeing is a case of poor training, poor training by parties who assume that anyone out protesting against an action or an attitude has to be a criminal and needs to be treated as a criminal, and tear is just one way to treat a criminal according to the authorities. So when we ask an officer of the law to de-escalate a situation we’re asking him to act against his training.| | | Next → |