Friday, September 30, 2011

Arrest the New York City Police!

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Letters to the Editor


Dear friend:

As a nonviolent activist, over the years I have had considerable conntact with the police on the front lines of various protests.  Most police officers have treated me with respect, but on occasion some brute reveals his macho side.

And unfortunately, the New York City Police Department has an awful reputation based on its recurrent mistreatment of protesters.  So it was great to read the headline “Wall Street protesters to target N.Y. police.” [The Baltimore Sun, September 30, 2011].  Today, since most everyone has a camera, one would expect the police to be on best behavior.  Sadly, though, they still get out-of-control, presumably because they do not fear any punishment from their superior officers.

I am unable to be in New York City, but the protesters have my unmitigated support.  And yes, it is necessary to demand that the police treat the Wall Street protesters with respect.  It  is abominable and cowardly to attack defenseless protesters.  And such behavior brings opprobrium on all members of the New York City Police Department.  Ideally, other officers would chastise the miscreants; but it is my understanding that such behavior won’t be cleaned out in house.

One obvious irony is that the protesters who are demanding accountability from the banksters and the forces of greed who drove the economy off the cliff are victims of police brutality.  What are the chances the police will ever arrest the real criminals—the heads of the Wall Street firms?

In peace,

Max Obuszewski

a member of the Baltimore Green Party




"The master class has always declared the wars; the subject class has always fought the battles. The master class has had all to gain and nothing to lose, while the subject class has had nothing to gain and everything to lose--especially their lives." Eugene Victor Debs


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