Police brutality and a whole lot of chutzpah…(and a bit on Oakland)

This is simply shocking…(from Google)

We received a request from a local law enforcement agency to remove YouTube videos of police brutality, which we did not remove…We did not comply with those requests, which we have categorized in this Report as defamation requests.

Hmmm…I don’t know what’s worse.  Police brutality or having the balls to then ask Google to remove the proof of such brutality.

Hey, ‘local law enforcement’, here’s an idea:  Don’t engage in police brutality and you won’t have to waste your time trying to cover it up, afterwards.

(h/t Atlantic)

Regarding the recent brouhaha in Oakland it’s hard to imagine the Oakland PD making a bigger mess of things if they planned to.  The video of the police clearing the protesters has to bring to mind other, recent attempts to clear a public square of protesters.

Let’s play the home version…See if you can pick the ‘land of the free’ versus the autocratic regime.

Really, it’s 2011 and the best way Oakland can maintain order in a public square is this?  If there’s a problem with crime than have officers patrol in the area (uh, that’s kind of the point of ‘community policing’).  If you’ve got a health problem, work with the protesters for a solution.

Just dumb…really, really dumb.

It’s now going to be difficult to say these are a bunch of drum pounding hippies.  Having cops shoot war vets (and I’m sure they didn’t target the guy in military clothing but it really doesn’t matter) is not the way to let a populist movement fizzle out.



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