Posted 5 years ago on Nov. 12, 2011, 9:52 a.m. EST by mserfas
from Ashland, PA
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I am seeing disturbing reports like http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/11/occupy-dc-protesters-push-78-year-old-woman-down-cement-stairs-at-afp-conference-video/ , http://www.theblaze.com/stories/watch-as-woman-is-viscously-attacked-at-occupy-san-diego/ , http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lz_bhNLiJbQ , and http://www.mediabistro.com/tvspy/kgo-cameraman-attacked-while-shooting-murder-scene-at-occupy-oakland_b28970 . A small but very well-publicized minority of protesters are doing things which, if done by police, we would not hesitate to call police brutality - knocking people down, hitting them, and trying to prevent people from filming or speaking their minds. And, in terms of percentages, it is very possible that there is a higher percentage of protesters committing such brutality than police, given how many officers have steadfastly held their ground regardless of the insults hurled at them to set a high standard for professional behavior. I think that OWS, which has inspired all these other protests, needs to make a clear statement condemning all such "protester brutality".
If anyone actually wants to stop a crew from filming - rather than turning up on the nightly news as an example - it should be sufficient simply to pray. Nobody is going to air complete prayers on the news; it should be as effective as if you had a remote control to shut the camera off.