Why Cops Beat Up and Arrest Protesters | An Unbiased View
Protesters can appear pretty harmless on TV, in fact they can look like peace loving, courageous, and innocent civilians as they go about their civic duties, and while they may have a just cause to a certain degree, police don't have the luxury of seeing and assessing what is going on from their homes.
I would venture to say that police are a great deal like soldiers who have seen combat even when they are off duty and have on civilian clothes, they are still tense in large crowds or big gatherings because they have been in dangerous situations and know what people are capable of.
I know that police swore an oath to protect society and hold up certain standards, and part of that oath entailed following orders. I know the police force has its own internal culture full of courtesies and customs structured around protocol, status, and rank. Because of that, police have a deep sense of pride and satisfaction when it comes to performing their duties and following orders, much unlike the average civilian with a 9 to 5 job that works in the depths of a faceless giant corporation.
So my heart goes out to police who approach a street that was once peaceful and orderly to control a horde or possible lunatics, many who happen to be dressed like it. I get it that when police receive an order to clear out uncooperative protesters by any non-lethal actions necessary, its almost the same as getting a commandment from the Almighty. That order more than likely came down from the mayor to the head of the police department all the way down to the oblivious policeman on the scene. The cost/benefit ratio of following those commands falls heavily on the side of obeying those orders, especially when the consequences of disobeying could mean their advancement or harassment somewhere down the road.
from an odd point of view, in the heat of the moment, it even appears logical to beat up and and arrest protesters who look non violent, but that's the close-minded point of view that doesn't take the bigger picture into account. Lets back up a few steps and look at the situation from an aerial perspective.
Rioting and protesting isn't normal. Being at your house watching TV, visiting friends, shopping, now that's normal. That is exactly what people want to do with their free time, and lets face it, most people are really lazy. They are too lazy to even open a can of pre-cut tomatoes without the assistance of an electric can opener. So when people turn of their TV or start sacrificing their free time to make a point in the streets, there appears to be a cause for concern. There must be something so messed up in that persons life, that they feel such a strong desire to get out and do something about it, and the more people are out in the streets protesting, the more likely they are out there for a good reason.
Their problems are especially unfortunate when dealing with government polices regarding practices that appear inhumane. Because police are following the line of authority that runs directly up to the head of government,and there orders are to disperse these crowds of non-violent protesters, the police become the tools of oppression because they are the ones that are suppressing the free speech of the protesters. They appear to be the ones directly allowing those inhumane practices to continue destroying peoples lives.
This is apparent in theory, but when taken to the streets, becomes blurry. You can arrest a protester for thousands of apparently logical reasons. Perhaps they don't have a gathering permit, maybe they are out of the approved protesting boundaries, maybe they have masks, maybe they were shouting threats or someone thought they heard a threat. Maybe one of them raised their hands up and appeared threatening. when looking at this from the surface, the reasons appear logical, but if in the end a protest can be silenced for any of these little reasons, it will appear that the police are silencing their cries and continuing to allow the government to oppress them. When police enforce rules like these, they are telling the people that the government will send thugs to stop them under false pretenses in a manner that keeps the governments hands clean of suppressing free speech and causes the protesters to be offenders. this is exactly how protesters need to look at police on the street..
But I don't blame the police, that is not what they signed up for. They made a promise to serve and protect the people. It would be a big slap in the face if they were ordered to silence and suppress the very same people they were sworn to serve and protect, but this is exactly what is going on in America today, and it will have serious repercussions as time goes on.
All the history textbooks tell us that the days when cops would beat up citizens who demanded reform and change from their politicians was over. I thought these times in history were over. It would be interesting to know how many more skulls police have to beat on before they simply allow the people to have their voice. I wonder if there will be a day when the police collectively come to a consensus that if they just let the people get what they want from the government, then they can all just go back home to their TV's, friends, and shopping instead of fighting on the streets.
What should be happening is the police should be helping the protesters stay organized and help the protests stay safe and non-violent, I bet if they all talked with one another (police and protesters) they would see they all want the same thing and are on the same side. So what cant we all just work together?