Originally Posted by TheWriteAlex
The main problem with police in this country is that they are not intelligent and lack critical thinking skills, even after training. That's the problem with all the LEO responses to OWS protests. Rather than thinking critically and assessing the situation and how to best preserve everyone's safety--not just their own--they choose brute force and react emotionally. In almost every altercation, it is the police that escalate the intensity and push it to a violent conflict. You can see it in every single video on this thread. The cops are just as angry and combative as the protesters. That is despicable.
I have a serious problem with how OWS conducted itself but majority of OWS protests were lawful and peaceful. I have a much more serious problem with how police conducted itself. They are more combative and violent than OWS. They were beating down non-violent people, illegally pepper spraying, and illegally arresting people protesting in a lawful manner.
How ironic is that?
They should listen to retired Captain Raymond Lewis (whom NYPD arrested) and Hipster Cop for advice on how to intelligently and calmly communicate with OWS to ensure that their protest is done in a lawful, safe manner.
Anybody who willfully ignored a lawful manner of protest should be arrested but should not be getting a beat down for it because it's illegal and Egyptian.