“I was there to take down the names of people who were arrested… As I’m standing there, some African-American woman goes up to a police officer and says, ‘I need to get in. My daughter’s there. I want to know if she’s OK.’ And he said, ‘Move on, lady.’ And they kept pushing with their sticks, pushing back. And she was crying. And all of a sudden, out of nowhere, he throws her to the ground and starts hitting her in the head,” says Smith. “I walk over, and I say, ‘Look, cuff her if she’s done something, but you don’t need to do that.’ And he said, ‘Lady, do you want to get arrested?’ And I said, ‘Do you see my hat? I’m here as a legal observer.’ He said, ‘You want to get arrested?’ And he pushed me up against the wall.”—
These fool police are about to turn something that was nothing more than a bunch of angry people blowing off steam, into some legit, serious, shit.
Don’t react? People eventually go home.
Start trying to kick them out, macing them, pepper spraying them, busting them in the head? Well, now they really think they have a reason to stay, and now you’ve given them something tangible to fight over/for…good job. <____<