Things are getting a little hairy at these Occupy things:
Now honestly? The lady cop was a little quick on the trigger. There’s obviously a back story, because even though the police don’t say anything the guy knows they’re coming for him, and so do they. They should still tell him what the charge is. They should still tell him he’s under arrest. The taze didn’t look necessary at that point, though I would admit the guy was being a tad unruly.
Overall, it’s hardly the worst police behavior to have been caught on tape in recent years. Not by a long shot.
But you know what is kind of disconcerting?
There’s been what you might call an entrenchment into hostility. It has a long term feel, like this is one of those things that’s going to go on until some kind of climax is reached. And the police job is getting more difficult it seems.
They bring it on themselves. And by catering to them so much, the courts haven’t helped either. In the short term it makes everyone’s life easier to do that, but things always erupt eventually.
Update: If you wade through this post and the comments to it, it appears the incident in the posted video is collectively viewed more or less the same way it was described here: not perfect, not a cause for outrage against the police.
But this was interesting:
It was obvious early on that this pointless Occupy nonsense would end in violence, and I only hope the media and the Obama administration pays a high price for encouraging, enabling and trying to legitimize the most juvenile, incoherent and narcissistic protest I’ve ever seen….and I’ve seen a lot. Even been in one or two…
Is the “Occupy nonsense” continuing, and doomed to “end in violence” because the Obama administration has encouraged it? I don’t think so. It is an outgrowth of the failure of institutions provided for the just resolution of disputes. Such as the courts. Primarily the courts. They don’t work anymore, and too many people know it.
Every single unjust decision by a judge has ripple effects, extending from the parties to the witnesses to the relatives and friends of the parties, and on and on. I’ll ask my fellow lawyers: think about that. Think about how many injustices you have witnessed on your own cases or the cases of others, and just run with the idea.
It’s frightening. And it’s obvious.
In the law we have the idea of “proximate” causation because disputed incidents invariably have many causes and you have to draw the line somewhere. And because we’re constantly trying to make it easier on ourselves (okay, not just that – we also have an obligation to make things clear for others) we don’t want to get metaphysical about causation.
But to me at least, this is a no-brainer. You can call the “Occupy” thing “nonsense” and ridicule the participants all you want. It’s not going away. It’s genesis is the same social pathology that caused the French revolution. Most of the participants can tell you a story of terrible injustice un-redressed. I know this because it could not possibly be otherwise, given the depth and breadth of the perfidy of judges. Other officials too, but especially judges, whose perfidy, when it occurs, is peculiarly socially destructive: it does not simply take away justice in the particular case, it takes away the very hope of justice for a much larger group.
I agree with one of the commenters over at SJ that it’s not fair to say that the Occupy movement has no clear message or purpose. They want the rule of law. They have explicitly demanded that, meaning they know it does not now exist in the US. And they are right, right down the line. That’s where their energy and strength comes from: reality that they know through personal experience, or the personal experience of their friends or neighbors or loved ones. There is too much of it now to be glossed over with media propaganda and perp walks.
This has nothing to do with encouraging words from Obama. This is a manifestation of a rupture in the basic fabric of society, and history is repeating itself word for word, note for note.