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  •  Camb., MA protest policing in 1969 (0+ / 0-)

    In 1969 I was in a non-violent picket line (anti-war) that was broken up by a multi town police force with shields and batons. Of course this was many years ago before 9/11 and the militarization of police forces but compared to what went on in Oakland it was almost gentle. I and my friends got hit once (sometimes on the head) with batons and shoved with shields.
    Then we broke and ran. No one received an injury that was not completely healed within a week. No one chased after us and tried to capture us. The courts were involved, but not by onsite arrests.

    The Boston area police, with some horrible exceptions, are generally professional and do not try to use lethal force unnecessarily. A big city police department can produce the "Boston miracle" in reducing gang violence and also handle difficult situations such as "Occupy Boston" reasonably responsibly. It's not that hard.

    Conservation is green energy

    by peggy on Mon Oct 31, 2011 at 03:31:33 PM PDT

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