Posted 9 years ago on Nov. 18, 2011, 2:53 p.m. EST by AndrewK47
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I am concerned that using media footage of officers using excessive force against protestors in order to gain support has negative implications. I feel like the men and women of the NYPD are being turned into the enemy. Some individuals in uniform choose to use excessive force but they do not represent everyone in the NYPD. However I feel like the actions of these individuals is projected onto all individuals. Today a girl told me about how she and others had been yelling at officers in the heat of the moment telling them they should be ashamed of their actions. These were the people simply trying to respectfully do their job. She said that she had seen tears in a few of their eyes. This was a powerful eye-opening story for me. Today in the park I experienced something similar myself. I saw group of people yelling at one officer calling him a Fascist and a Nazi. In my opinion he was respectfully doing his job and not doing anything wrong. I could see on the officer’s face this insulted and frustrated him. Later on I saw the officer kindly conversing with a few of the protestors. This was a good man, who would probably be on our side if he didn’t have to do his job. In the eyes of the law the police are justified in using pepper spray and tear gas. The right to Occupy is not technically considered valid under the Right to Assembly. Occupation and blocking traffic are considered to be Civil Disobedience. There is a difference between a freedom and civil disobedience. It is important for people to know the difference and be aware of the risk involved when pushing boundaries.
Please stay peaceful. Violence is never justified