This makes absolutely no sense to me. You can't just push on one end of a crowd and expect people on the other end of the crowd to know what the heck's going on and get out of the way so people can move. People on a confined street are like air in a tube. Lower the volume and you push up the pressure.
The police had loud speakers, but I don't recall them ever actually using them to communicate their intentions. I had always assumed that the police gave you a courtesy warning before they shot you with mace and rubber bullets. Apparently not.
The barricade was moved up the street and tear gas wafted over the intersection. A few protesters threw pop and water bottles towards the barricade. One guy came up to me and asked if he could have my empty bottle, habitually, I started to hand it to him when I stopped and said, "not if you're going to throw it."
A chant of "peaceful protest" rose up above the melee. That was one chant I joined in unhesitatingly. Things almost immediately calmed down.
This morning, Channel 12 news had some footage from the Carl's Jr. where I was standing. The cameraman was filming a stormtrooper-esque riot cop, who calmly turned, glanced at the cameraman long enough to register his presence and then proceeded to coat him in pepper spray. The morning show talking heads brushed it off like, "hyup. that happens sometimes. No big deal," then they returned to gawking over the live coverage of the uneventful Presidental motorcade to the airport.
In theory, yes. But police departments don't have a habit of self-incriminating themselves, conveniently "losing" or "burying" such incriminating footage. But they sure can find it in a hurry if they're attempting to prosecute someone.
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