John on November 22, 2011 at 2:07 pm
I’m not convinced that the protesters “agreed” to be pepper sprayed, though it does seem to show that a) they knew it would happen well before it did and b) they were determined to ignore the police orders to clear a path.
You can see that one officer starts to pull the protesters up and then is waved off by the cop with the pepper spray. The pepper spray really wasn’t necessary in this case. Police could have simply wrestled the protesters apart as they had to do after dousing them anyway.
The thing these officers didn’t realize is that occupiers live for the conflict with police. It’s their raison d’etre at this point. They know it will make for good video and help win people to their side (because victims always draw sympathy).
The smarter move would have been to simply begin arresting them one at a time. The protesters would still be shouting about police brutality but no one would have been suspended and the video would have been ignored just like hundreds of other clips from around the country. Instead, this has become a new Scott Olsen style rallying point for the cause, something we could have done without.
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