Police Brutality for a Cause | #NYC #News
I have refrained from using any reference to the movement in my title. Considering the blackouts that are in effect, I thought it wise to do so. Besides, I have enough readers and followers who I know will pass the message along. If you have many followers on Twitter, may I suggest that you do the same. Use appropriate hash tags while avoiding the common ones. For example, if you are retweeting a link about Occupy Atlanta, use #Atlanta, #Gossip and #News instead of the commonly used tags. This will help insure that your links will get to people wanting news in Atlanta. If it is an update pertaining to the nation or a particular state, you could use the hashtag that is trending nationally or in that state. We are the media. Let’s get the word out!
Cameras are always rolling during an occupation. Most everyone can take pictures with their cell phones and live streaming video is common in most occupied cities. So why would any police officer choose to openly abuse a non-violent unarmed protester knowing that their fifteen seconds of fame will reflect negatively on their city and themselves?
I live in Rome, Georgia which has a population of just over 30,000. Everyone that my wife and I talk to is familiar with the Occupy movement. They are also well aware of mainstream media’s unethical tactics. At first, it was a media blackout. People were worried. The few reports that started to come in were negative and people got scared. Now they see an outright attack by the media and they are getting angry. Everyone knows what is really happening. Even the little old ladies with no computers have friends and relatives who relay the truth to them. Temperatures are rising and blood is starting to boil. They used to watch the news for the news. Now they watch it just to see what lies will be told next.
It is a slap in the face and an epic insult that the media is perpetrating to the people and they don’t like it! Whether they were in favor of the movement before or whether they did not understand it is irrelevant now. They are being made fools of on a national level and wonder just how long this has been going on.
There are a few who are in support of the movement but are just hoping that everything will be okay. They are on the edge of their seats praying that the revolution will be quick and painless, then life will go back to normal.
Many of us, however, would love to get out there and protest. Many of us would love to camp in the parks. Unfortunately, there are issues that keep some of us tied down. Some people just can’t afford to take time off of work or can’t make the long trip to the closest occupied city. Some have jobs that would be lost if they got involved. Others are simply afraid of what they might do if they were there. Right now, the protesters are of the peaceful sort. What will happen when the others show up to protest? What will it be like when those who are beyond rage decide they have had enough?
Whether they are supporters from afar, whether they wish to be an occupant or not, what could be worse than that? How about secretly supporting the revolution while having the job of fighting it?
You have wanted to be a police officer since you were a child. You have worked long and hard to get where you are and you love your job. You have a family at home who depends on you in more ways than one. As a member of the force, you have another family. Your fellow peacekeepers are your friends – friends you trust with your very life. They count on you, as well.
Nevertheless, you see the corruption first hand. You know that the system is fatally flawed. Then comes the Occupy Wall Street movement. It is the embodiment of everything that is good in this world. It is the solution to all the problems you could not fix alone. You support their principles and efforts. You hope they succeed but you dare not share your sentiments with a single soul. Besides, it probably won’t last anyway.
The movement starts to grow, which is very refreshing, but the mainstream media ignores them. It thrives and develops into what is obviously the beginning of something epic and the media mocks them.
You can almost feel the eyes of lenses on you at all times. There is constantly a camera on you while you are doing your job. What could you do to help and not give yourself away? How can you contribute and still keep your job?
A fellow officer makes headlines after abusing innocent protestors. That’s it! What better way to wake people up than to attack peaceful demonstrators while the world watches? Forget about mainstream media. You already know what a sham that is. The people will get their news from the source itself. Isn’t technology wonderful!
How could you do such a thing? How could you be aggressive to these wonderful people who are trying to make the world a better place? After all, you are one of them. You are one of the ninety-nine percent and you should be protesting with them. Maybe you can’t do such a thing, but what if you did? It’s not like they would be permanently injured. It’s not like they would have any broken bones.
What is the worst that could happen? Your comrades would commend you and if you are lucky, you would get a suspension – time away from the emotional turmoil – with pay!
You’re on duty. The chanting, the signs, the chaos; it’s almost overwhelming. As you struggle with the inner conflict, as you desperately seek a solution to your dilemma, some punk says something to flip your switch!
“Science and the law can both help us forecast the consequences of our actions, but neither can tell us how we ought to act in a moral sense.” – Dalai Lama