Re: ”Demonizing the cops: A stale, vicious protest tactic” (editorial, 11-20).
The editorial had a good deal of truth to it, but only covered half the story. While I applaud the majority of the Occupy Wall Street movement for bringing to light gross misconduct by our banking and financial intuitions, it is true that there is a small portion among them that only has an agenda of causing mayhem and violence. I agree that this element should be dealt with harshly.
That said, there is also an element among the various police forces that seems bent on violence and mayhem of its own, and these people should be dealt with equally as harshly.
Wearing a police uniforms does not automatically make a person bad, but neither does it automatically make them above reproach. There are at least a few people on most police forces that have no business being there, and we see them in action in videos where they are kicking, stomping and beating defenseless demonstrators who are doing nothing more than trying to ward off the blows.
The police at the University of California Davis pepper-sprayed a group of peaceful, sitting nonviolent demonstrators. Closer to home, an 84-year-old woman in Seattle received the same treatment.
Needless violence by the police is no better than violence by ordinary citizens, and nonobjective and one-sided editorials that sweep police violence under the rug do nothing to help the situation.