Thursday, March 13, 2008

POLICE VIDEO OF PORTLAND PROTEST: they ID leader by name & SSN, then take him down

A woman got a copy of the police video of a protest along with the police talking to each other about who to film, including identifying a leader by name and social security number. Shortly after the tape him, he is surrounded by several cops and taken down even though he is just standing there with a sign.

They go to great lengths to get clear shots of those they guess are leaders, and when some protesters have their faces covered, they zoom in clothing, shoes, and tattoos to try to identify them.

This is the first time I've heard the cops own commentary on what they are doing and it's kind of chilling since no one they are watching is being violent.

I disagree with the person who posted this when she said this is why you should try to cover your face. Someone wearing a mask is not a person, your neighbor, or cousin, and therefore it is easier to give them the beat down without a second thought. And if you don't have a mask on, someone who knows you but didn't know how strongly you feel about the issue might see you on TV.

I also disagree with some of the protesters who said "fuck you" and flipped off the police. Better to remind they are on our side with signs like:

COPS: protect democracy not kleptocracy

COPS: they'll send you to Iraq next

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