…e country, officers shot journalists with rubber bullets (once on live TV), arrested reporters, and pepper-sprayed members of the press, even as they clearly identified themselves as workin…e country, officers shot journalists with rubber bullets (once on live TV), arrested reporters, and pepper-sprayed members of the press, even as they clearly identified themselves as working journalists.
I watched a video where members of the press and other innocent bystanders were at a gas station. Officers swarmed in, ordering everyone to the ground (the filthy pavement alongside their vehicles and the pumps). The man filming brandished his press creds and repeatedly said he was part of the media. Across from him was another unidentified gentleman. When the video began, he was already on his knees with his hands up. When ordered to lay down, he did so. When told not to move, he stayed put other than to turn his head to observe the scene. Minutes later, both men, both still on the ground, were maced for no reason whatsoever. In the video, you see an officer stroll by and ever so casually mist the one on the ground in the face FOR NO REASON with this oversized bear-mace-like canister with a handheld trigger. The media man was also maced without provocation. The pepper-bloom in both faces was completely unnecessary. I sat there thinking, “Christ, why? They weren’t doing anything. They were even following orders.”
This seems to demonstrate basically people are damned if you do and damned if you don’t (regardless of whether you do what you are told). In some places, you’ll be harmed anyway. I don’t think people on their own property should have been subjected to being hit with paint. And those poor old men, shuffling along, being knocked over by officers rushing them along with riot shields…really? How is this keeping the peace when you are flexing and abusing your position of power?