Thursday, October 20, 2011

Krugman's Army

As Paul Krugman said earlier.

Consider first how Republican politicians have portrayed the modest-sized if growing demonstrations, which have involved some confrontations with the police — confrontations that seem to have involved a lot of police overreaction — but nothing one could call a riot. And there has in fact been nothing so far to match the behavior of Tea Party crowds in the summer of 2009.

Odd, I don't remember this happening at any Tea Party event.

Cleveland police are investigating an alleged sexual assault incident that occured Saturday at the "Occupy Cleveland" rally involving a 19-year-old female student.
According to police reports, the 19-year-old student was instructed by "Occupy Cleveland" personnel to "share a tent with the suspect due to a shortage of tents."

Or this:

Thanks to some watchful officers and Occupy Seattle protesters, police have arrested a man suspected of exposing himself to children at least five different times throughout Seattle.

Police had been searching for suspect since the incidents, which occurred between September 29 and October 3.

“During the course of their investigation, detectives discovered that the suspect had been at Westlake Park, participating in Occupy Wall Street,” said detective Reneee Witt “Flyers of the suspect was circulated to officers and the public at the event.”

But don't worry, they are taking the problem seriously.

Efforts by the Occupy Baltimore protest group to evolve into a self-contained, self-governing community have erupted into controversy with the distribution of a pamphlet that victim advocates and health workers fear discourages victims of sexual assaults from contacting police.

The pamphlet says that members of the protest group who believe they are victims or who suspect sexual abuse "are encouraged to immediately report the incident to the Security Committee," which will investigate and "supply the abuser with counseling resources."


CI-Roller Dude said...

What many don't understand is that even if "good" protest, they attract nuts, criminals, perverts, assholes etc like shit attracts flies.

Lonnie Bruner said...

Ive visited the DC and NYC protests. They seem to be attracting a lot of homeless people and others who seem literally crazy without a care about politics. I think that element may be doing some of this stuff. I think it's becuse these are in big cities and they are giving out free food. Most of the permanent OWS people are hippies an anarchists. But they've attracted some more mainstream people around the world. I went to several Tea Party protests as well. They did not attract that element I think mainly becUse they were not permanent sit-in style demos. Most TP people seemed middle class whites over 50 at the protests. They never served free food so no degenerTes came out of the woodwork. But I assume you've checked out an OWS protest as well as a TP event yourself as so I don't need to explain this to you.