Lying Media Bastards

May 2, 2007

Cops Doing Their Thing

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one.

There’s a big protest. Lots of cops in riot gear standing around, lots of protesters marching, chanting and mingling. Suddenly, the cops are on the move, demanding that the crowd disperse. The confused crowd pauses and asks questions, and the billy clubs, rubber bullets, and tear gas start to fly. After the rally is scattered, with dozens beaten and suffering from their rubber bullet welts and tear gas asthma attacks, the cops then claim that their actions were a “response” to unidentified protesters who allegedly threw rocks or water bottles at the armored officers. As empty bottles and rocks are easily found in most locations, their story seems vaguely plausible. Our brave mainstream journalists then report about the “violence” and “clashes” that occured at the protest, say that no one’s sure what happens, but manage to repeat the police claim that protesters provoked the action. They don’t bother trying to find out what really happened.

Latest iteration, Los Angeles, May 1, 2007

First of all, I doubt that anybody threw shit at the cops, mainly because I see this excuse used so frequently. But it also helps to note that these cops were from LAPD’s Rampart Division, who’ve got a reputation for lies, corruption, and violence. On top of that, I have now read several first-hand accounts claiming it was the other way around, that it wasn’t protesters trying to provoke cops, but cops trying to provoke protesters.

Secondly, how can anyone pretend that water bottles thrown at cops in riot gear justifies the forced removal of 25,000 people from a public park with tear gas and beatings? It doesn’t, and it’s bullshit.

More coverage on this from LA IndyMedia, Cop Watch LA and Metroblogging Los Angeles.

Posted by Jake on May 2, 2007 10:00 pm

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