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  •  A protest is NOT the time to talk politics with (0+ / 0-)

    cops. They have already shown up for work and have their orders.

    The time to do it is at the local donut shop when they can be a citizen because it is the citizen that has the power to change.

    •  I agree (3+ / 0-)
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      People can talk to police in a non-confrontational situation and have some expectation that it is a conversation not an interrogation.   But doing it before, during, or after a confrontation in some attempt to humanize yourself to the police just doesn't work.  I've seen dozens of people try and it is just awful.  "Hey, you are part of the 99%"   "I bet you have kids!  Don't you care about their future?"  FACEPALM.  

      I've even had people yell in my face because we were chanting "cops go home" when we were surrounded in our occupation.  "Stop telling them to leave they are doing their job!!"

      I kid you not.  lol   I have the worst attitude about police now, and part of it is because I have to keep fighting with people who don't think I should be angry when they are brutalizing and harassing me and my fellow occupiers.   I'm angry!!!  It doesn't mean I am going to get violent but I'm not going to smile and flirt with the damn cops either.  

      Books are trash. Corporations are people. Tents are terrorism. Pepper spray soon to be declared a vegetable.

      by JustJennifer on Sat Nov 19, 2011 at 04:00:17 PM PST

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      •  I still would not be angry at the cop (0+ / 0-)

        I would not get distracted from fighting for what is right. If I fight with the cop it makes his job easier as he can demonize me and I will have changed the object of my ire who will have therefore won. There is an art to making the moral choice obvious and it is not at all easy. It is so innate in humans to engage raw primal emotion and start a race to the bottom. Non violence is extremely hard to pull off but nothing worthwhile is easy.

        Better to smile nicely and apologetically as you make his life hell. You, after all, are only doing YOUR job which is, in fact, to make his as impossible as possible.

        No need to discuss it but one of you is going to lose and at least he gets a pay check either way.

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