I am watching the news and I am appalled

United States
November 19, 2011 6:17pm CST
Our Occupy protesters have a good idea, sit down and state your case, stay where you are at and do not cause strife. I just saw a news story showing a policeman in Ca. walking along a line of basically peaceful occupiers spraying them in the face with an oversized can of mace. Spraying and spraying. Does anyone remember Selma? Where we as a people in our own country were shot? Why are people trying to have these sit-ins? Because our country as so many others in the world is attempting to totally suppress us as individual human beings. That is what I think. Our policemen/women are part of us, they are not to treat us as animals to be controlled in whatever manner they see fit. I think all persons in authority should undergo extensive phsycological training before being allowed in public, supposedly to protect and serve. What I saw was not protecting or serving. Just plain ignorance.
6 responses
@djbtol (5498)
• United States
20 Nov 11
OWS is like a bad cancer that needs to be eradicated by doing whatever it takes. These radical hippie leftovers have no valid argument and they have been breaking the law in numerous ways. I do not propose throwing them into jail because they do not deserve to eat for free. I say if they refuse to leave, then we set up shower and de-fumigation stations and drag their sorry tails through them. The only thing more disgusting than the OWS crowd, is the stinking liberal democrats that support such childish behavior.
• United States
20 Nov 11
djbtol, oh my there is no such thing as a left over hippie! funny reference though a little mis-guided. I agree with another responder, I too am old and jaded. I too have lived through the 60's and witnessed some very bad police action. I like my facts also. Hard to not believe what you see, true? Happy Sunday.
• United States
20 Nov 11
I just saw this a few moments ago. I could not believe how he walked down the line and walked back up just spraying those people like that. I could not imagine what they were feeling. Then a few of them started to take affect from it. Just horrible.
• United States
20 Nov 11
Ahh giftsandbags it was an awful scene. I am still a little in shock, especially since it is here at home. Tearing up tents and hitting people in the head. Why are we not united. I swear. You know the cops are not happy in their jobs, either.
@WakeUpKitty (8707)
• Netherlands
20 Nov 11
It's a peacefull way of protesting against... What is the use? I think there is no since nothing will change anyway. Especially not if you just sit there and hope for better.
• United States
20 Nov 11
Hello WakeUpKitty, I understand you may not see protest as a way to change, yet in this past year alone, worldwide protests have changed the face of our world. Many have started as peaceful and turned violent with results not always expected. Deaths, fighting, etc. If not for protest of a group, America would not exist, nor many other nations. Please do not ever give up on appreciating action for change. rosalie
@LaDeBoheme (1988)
• United States
20 Nov 11
I assume you refer to the Occupy movement at UC Davis. Currently the incident is under investigation. (Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/story/2011-11-19/uc-davis-pepper-spray-occupy-protests/51313998/1) Ah, the memories. History repeats itself. Call me jaded, but not surprised, since I saw the same type of behavior and police reaction during the anti-war (Vietnam) sit-in demonstrations of the 1960s. In fact, the first sit-in was held by black students who sat down at a segregated lunch counter at Woolworth's in NC in 1960. It spawned other sit-ins at other counters throughout 7 states. The protests were peaceful, but that did not stop the harassment and arrests. I hate to say it, but how many people would even know or care about the Occupy movement, unless a video showing the police macing the protesters surfaced across the internet and TV? In fact, the referenced article states: Images of police evictions have served to galvanize support during the Occupy Wall Street movement, from the clash between protesters and police in Oakland last month that left an Iraq War veteran with serious injuries to more recent skirmishes in New York City, San Diego, Denver and Portland, Oregon. I do not nor I have ever condoned the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators. Don't get me wrong, God knows I have had my own run-ins with the 'pigs' or 'authority figures' in the past, but like I said, it is incidents like this that bring more attention to the movement...and it always has in the past. Me? I'm older now and again, more jaded. I want the whole story and all extenuating circumstances and details before I jump on the condemnation bandwagon.
@iuliuxd (4453)
• Romania
20 Nov 11
Good to see they are using the same propaganda as the ex communist government from my country was using back in 1990 when we had a similar movement.It means the politicians are all the same no matter if they are communists or "democrats" ,they are all serving the 1% and they don`t give a damn about the rest of the people.If that movement will grow you may see even more horrible things happening.
@Noseclams (149)
• United States
20 Nov 11
Unfortunately the police officers are not the problem here. There are plenty of members of law enforcement that support the occupy movement, but they have to follow orders. If they mayor says "clear the lawn of all protesters" then they have to do it. Then when protesters don't leave, they are forced to take more serious action in order to get the job done. Please, don't get me wrong, I do not support what some of these officers are doing. There are some that have a serious ego problem and love to take it out on innocent people and take it way too far. I am just saying that they problems falls to the higher political officials within the city, the one's who actually make the orders. OCCUPY EVERYTHING!!!