…about our deep disinclination to damage relationships with friends, family and Trusted Authority Figures, can you read this without making excuses for the police who did this?
I walked between the lines, I was alone, I was in full clergy dress, everyone knew who I was and what I was — with the protesters fleeing and the police line holding — with my back to the police and my hands waving the protesters to get back — alone in full alb, stole and cross — six officers turned their spray on me thoroughly soaking my alb and then one officer hit me full throttle in the face.
Yes. I’m aware of the excuses. The Occupy Seattle ninnies (some of them) were hostile. They are, some of them, dirty hippies. The minister is undoubtedly a lefty of some variety. Etc. Got it. Not of the tribe.
Still and all, is there any excuse for six cops pepper spraying an obviously harmless man and smashing him in the face? Note as well the sinister fact that he was selected for this beating while he was wearing vestments and was obviously a man of the cloth. The cops couldn’t know his politics. But they could see that he was a representative of some form of Christian belief–and they chose him out of that crowd to beat the tar out of him. That should give you pause about what is to come as the People’s Democratic National Security State of Heaven continues to groom a militarized domestic security wing that regards its citizenry as cattle and the Church as a threat to the power of Caesar.
Update: One thing that doesn’t help the growth of the People’s Democratic National Security State of Heaven is when goonish behavior by the police gets documented in a striking photo that goes viral such as this one of an 84 year old woman after she was pepper sprayed:
To be sure, some stalwart defenders of ridiculous police state tactics against harmless people will continue to make excuses for this in my comboxes, but the mayor and the cops here realize they have a big public relations turd on their hands and are back-pedaling, not trying to float the ridiculous claim that an 84 year old woman was such a threat that she needed to be pepper sprayed. She was as much a threat as the 86 year old disabled and bed-ridden woman whom police tased (twice) after standing on her oxygen hose, and whose grandson was then arrested for protesting. She was as much a threat as the 10 year the cops tased for not going to bed. Or the injured kid with a broken back who was tased 19 times.
Of course, Colbert has fun with this:
But the most grotesque remark (which the Seattle gov’t has to be facepalming itself over) is the one from the Seattle Police spokesman talking about how pepper spray is fine for people from 10 to 80. Way to go on the PR, guys! Given the stories above, that’s perhaps not something you want to be remembered for as your big selling point.