Being in China for work, there is not much I can do besides wait for new photos and information to feed through. The two above youtubes are something we all know too well: police misconduct. Whereas the governments in the Western world have historically demonized Communism for being a police state, somebody has to explain to me how this isn't an oppressive and inappropriate form of "crowd control" ? It's not surprising to see a cop fully lay into a woman's face with his fist, but it's more surprising that it is so public and unapologetic. He even continues to, what it seems, try to kick her while she's down. What a metaphor. Not all cops are fucktards but the worst ones are the ones that feel they need to punch a woman in the face to get a point across. I don't care how much shit this woman may have been talking, cops often forget they are civil servants, not free right hooks and boot stomps for the people who pay their salaries and pensions.
Sometimes I wonder why the government had given a bailout to Wall Street without set conditions? Conditions that would include new protocols in which Wall Street would would have to change itself to avoid the shit storm that happened on the backs of taxpayers. It seems only logical that the government should have. And if they did have conditions, it doesn't seem like anything has changed because of it. Say you blew through a couple thousand dollars, your mom wouldn't just give you more money without making you promise not to be such a shithead again. But now we're talking billions. It's so obvious special interest groups run America. About as obvious as getting punched in the face by a cop in the middle of a protest, or getting publicly forced into a cage of like minded people because when an assembly of individuals want to exercise their freedom, it's not freedom anymore it's "criminal trespassing". Bullshit. Good old American bullshit.
update: contrary to what I had initially read, the individual in the second youtube is actually a guy!
"Demonstrator Felix Rivera-Pitre, who was involved in a serious altercation with an NYPD officer, spoke out in the aftermath of the incident to insist that he did nothing to provoke Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona’s right hook.
“The cop just lunged at me full throttle and hit me on the left side of my face,” Rivera-Pitre, a former dancer from Queens, told Gothamist. “It tore my earring out.” NYPD spokesman Paul Browne disputes this claim, saying Rivera-Pitre provoked the attack by attempting to assault Cardona.
The police are seeking to arrest Rivera-Pitre on several charges, but his attorney Ronald Kuby warned against pursuing that line of action.
“On the off chance they were intending to arrest him for injuring the captain’s fist with his jaw, I strongly suggest that you decide not to add insult to injury and avoid such a retaliatory move,” Kuby wrote in a letter to the NYPD.
Rivera-Pitre said he chose the identify himself after leaving the scene because his injury caused blood to be spilled, and he is HIV-positive. “That cop should get tested,” he was quoted as saying."- http://thedailywh.at/