May 31, 2010
Once upon a time anarchists (real anarchists, not the agents provocateur variety) liked to say the cops are here to protect the banks. As the video below reveals, they also are here to protect large transnational oil corporations, specifically one responsible for the largest environmental catastrophe in U.S. history.
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On Friday, LA cops attacked a bicyclist during a demo against BP. The bicyclist was part of a “Critical Mass” cycling event. Critical Masses — which involve cyclists riding through the streets to call for cyclists’ rights — typically take place on the last Friday of every month, according to Raw Story.
The president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League said in a statement quoted by the Los Angeles Times that people shouldn’t “rush to judgment” about the video. “It is always important to remember that home video, shot from a distance, from one angle and in the dark, and not at the beginning of the incident seldom tells the whole story,” Paul M. Weber said.
The video clearly show the cops attack and stomp the cyclist, apparently because he had the audacity to video tape them.
The Los Angeles Police Protective League may not have to worry about such incidents in the future. Police are mobilizing around the country to make it a crime to record them.
Cops may soon go back to the good old days before Rodney King when they engaged in violence against the citizenry without worrying if their criminal and psychopathic behavior was captured on tape.
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