Protestors and Circuses
Posted by aogTuesday, 02 September 2008 at 16:26 TrackBack Ping URL

Check out this picture (via Just One Minute). It’s a lone policeman, knocked to the ground by a group of thugs at the Republican National Convention with lots of media in the circle. Just count the cameras. How many of them do you think would intervene if the thugs started beating the cop bloody? Any? How many do you think would carefully capture any (however justified) retaliation by the cop or his buddies?

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Jack Diederich Thursday, 04 September 2008 at 18:54

My first reaction when I saw that was — what do you shout when you are helping the officer to let him know you are indeed helping? “Here’s your help?” “Eagle Scout, got your back!” or what?

Then I realized I was trying to make a safe situation out of an unsafe one. There might be some good way to announce your intentions but you still may get maced for the trouble. Either way helping is still the right thing to do.

Annoying Old Guy Thursday, 04 September 2008 at 20:38

I wouldn’t shout or try to interact with the officer, as that’s unlikely to end up a net win. Better would be to

  • Run and try to find additional officers.
  • Shout at the protestors that beating a police officer isn’t a good thing.
  • Shout at the other non-abusive observers to get them to help protect the officer.
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