This is something that has been bothering me for awhile: Why did the police react so violently to the OWS occupation sites?
This video of a news segment from MSNBC shows just several of countless incidences where police acted completely out of order with OWS protesters. I mean this is nothing new- American police and military forces have quite a bad history of handling protests incorrectly. I think the best example of this history would be the Kent State Shootings, which oddly enough will have taken place 42 years ago this friday. I just find it somehow ironic that one of our basic rights as Americans is to protest and express free speech and press, but time and time again people are punished for doing so. Even the cases from over the summer of the dancers at the Jefferson Memorial in DC (click here for more info on the incident). I guess what i am getting at is that I just don’t understand why the police react so brutally to protestors. Now, I am sure there have been many times when the police did not react violently, but it certainly happens enough to create a pattern of violence. I mean what are the protestors doing that is so wrong to anger the police to the extent to justify their actions? Is it a national fear of change? A feeling of threat to the system they are part of? What are your thoughts about the correlation?