Posted 8 years ago on Dec. 22, 2011, 9:48 a.m. EST by TechJunkie
from Miami Beach, FL
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A lot of Occupiers have tried to convince cops that they're part of the 99% and that they would be welcome within the Occupy movement.
But when I read people here cheering at the Anonymous hackers who posted cops' personal information online, calling them "scum bags", after a couple of months of constant clashes with police, all of that seems pretty disingenuous. It seems obvious in retrospect that Occupiers were telling self-serving lies to police officers to attempt to manipulate them.
Why does this movement need to be against cops? How does that further the Occupy cause? The risk is alienating potential supporters. People who sympathize with the concerns of the movement, but who are not anti-authoritarian anarchists. People who value the cops and fire fighters and EMTs who protect and serve us every day, who keep our society functioning. Cops don't work for the 1%, they work for all of us.
I know that there are people who will say, "Those people calling cops scum bags don't represent Occupy", but really that's not true. If you've got a group of a hundred people and 90 of them are cop haters, then you've got a cop-hating group.
Why are there not cooler heads trying to focus this movement's energy on constructive issues, instead of cop-baiting and clashing with law enforcement just for the sake of expressing anti-authoritarian angst? Why are so many people in this movement so willing to fight useless battles while losing the war?