Do Boise Police Think Beating Occupy Wall Street Protesters is Funny? (UPDATE)
By rancase

Do Boise Police Think Beating Occupy Wall Street Protesters is Funny? - DOOM! Magazine

"Occupy: Halloween"

This picture went up on Facebook as a funny Halloween joke. For those of us keeping track of the growing number of Occupy Wall Street protesters assaulted by police, this display is a special kind of tasteless and insensitive.

But what if one of the people in that picture making fun of police beating protesters is also a Boise police officer?

The person who posted the picture alleges this is the case:

Boise and Anon, we need verification—if this is true, Boise police think beating you is funny.

Update: The person who initially claimed one of the people in that photo is a police officer has since retracted their statement.

The heart of the problem lies beyond someone wearing a uniform. At best, the general public thinks occupiers getting beaten within an inch of their lives is fucking funny. At worst, the police think so too. Belittlement is a viable weapon: Reduce a movement to a joke, to a Halloween snapshot of two cops laughingly beating some silly hippie Wall Street protester, and the concerns of actual protesters are effectively denied validity.

Somehow, people—including law enforcement–are managing to ignore how poor Scott Olsen is still in the hospital. They’re looking straight past the snowballing numbers of videos where people stand up against the police and are slammed face-first into car bumpers and concrete walls, maced, punched, run over with motorcycles and thrown around like rag dolls. It doesn’t matter to them that “To Serve and Protect” has become the most unfunny of ironic jokes. They’re content to blow it off with a laugh and a photo op at some party in Idaho, then post it online because it was just so great it needed to be shared.

This, guys, is why Occupy Wall Street simply can not give up and go home. If protesters pack up their tents and go home, afraid of police violence or ridicule by a willfully ignorant public, this guarantees the method used to control them shall be escalation. If fear of violence makes people stay home and stay quiet, the violence brought to bear will just increase the next time anyone dares to speak out. If fear of ridicule gives them pause, then surely further bullying will render them compliant.

But if the people out there, with their tents and their cardboard signs and their hopes for a better future, can put fear aside and continue to stand together, even in the face of the mockery and violence of the people who are supposed to be protecting them . . . Well, that’s when things get interesting.


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rancase (22 Posts)

I grew up on the water. I still sometimes feel my visceral, paralogical craving to return to it colors everything I do. I make stuff. I mean well. That'll do for now.

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  • Found this on Tumblr…

    The Bad and The Ugly: Police Officers’ Forum Abuzz over Scott Olsen’s Injury


    Here’s the thread on the forums, a popular spot for police from different departments around the world to gather and chat about… being assholes, presumably. A veritable wellspring of the best of humanity, to be sure.

    Anyway, there are a few gems:

    “If it was a cannister…it must have bounced. Surely a direct hit from the cannister would have killed him. Before any deployment of “less lethal” riot control, there is an announcement and a way out…if you disregard the announcement…you are fair game.”

    “Is he a soldier? I hope the Navy dude and him get court martialed if they are active duty.”

    “Media is going crazy with this. He is a Iraq war vet. Mayor called for dispersement…and now is apologizing because someone got hurt! Duh! She just got into the position and is as wishy washy as all heck.”

    [This user’s forum signature is priceless: “This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can’t desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you’ve made.”]

    “But it is ironic that so many that claim first amendment rights are so willing to ignore everyone else’s and the law. Anarchists are the most confused people on Earth, they want rights when it suits them and ignore laws when it suits them. If they really were anarchists then might makes right, if you lose, tough crap. If a hundred thugs rape you and take all your stuff that’s too bad but they cry bloody murder if they think someone is infringing on their speech.”

    “This is the type of ex military these things usually attract. Being his roomdog got hemmed up also screams ‘drugs’ to me. way to serve ‘honorably’ azzhat.
    Well we know this idiot wasn’t a veteran of combat. He would have learned how to duck.”

    “Maybe he should have smoked less weed and snorted less coke and his reaction time could have been a lot better and he could have avoided the canister.”

    And to be fair, there is a voice of reason…

    “He did two tours of duty in Iraq.

    You know…the kid made a poor choice and got hurt. and probably for a dumb reason. It was an unfortunate accident. I’m not saying you should feel sorry for him, but at least say a prayer for his family. not like you care, but his condition has improved. His brain is no longer swelling.”

    People’s smartass comments here and general meaness is pretty ugly.
    … but he gets shutdown by someone else in fairly short order:

    “If you have worked in the field you would understand. But to let you in on a little secret, cops and firefighters laugh and make jokes about a lot of messed up stuff. :P

    BTW the guy is still an idiot IMO.”

    With people “serving and protecting” like this, it’s no wonder why some people say that ACAB.