Oh well, let's stir. I wish people would see this for what it is, a big game. The police are looking to maintain public order, and the protesters are looking for a way to cause maximum disruption. And if they can find a way to look peaceable on camera while preventing the cops from carrying out orders to remove them without taking measures that cause discomfort to the protesters, then they've won the game.
I mean, it's a bit bogus to yell "excessive force" when you've schemed and plotted an action that makes impossible any non-forceful action to uphold the law.
Maybe tear gas canisters filled with chloroform. That might work.posted by aaron at 11:32 PM on January 5, 2001
"Proper tactics dictate the element of surprise, remaining 4 to 6 feet from the subject and actuating your projector in two (double tap) 1/4- to 1-second bursts," the company advises in a brochure for its First Defense spray.
cCranium: The next paragraph of those guidelines:
"Should you have to use First Defense up close, we recommend avoiding usage closer than 3 feet because of possible hydraulic needle effect, to the eyes in particular."
Those instructions refer to using the spray. Even water could cause a hydraulic needle effect if sprayed into the eyes at close range using a propellant. But when you take the pepper spray liquid and apply it using a Q-tip, we're into a different area.
I'm not saying using this stuff is particularly nice. But as I asked above: When protesters set themselves up in a way that makes it pretty much impossible to remove them without causing said protesters some level of physical discomfort, what else are the police supposed to do?
The protesters set themselves up this way on purpose, to create a win-win situation. If the police wimp out and do nothing, the protesters win. If the police remove them, they can cry "excessive force" and get lots of attention. The protesters win.posted by aaron at 2:23 PM on January 6, 2001
"It's putting aside police practices, international human rights, the Constitution and manufacturer's guidelines. How could these officers and these agencies think that somehow those policies and standards did not apply to them?"
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