#40 Having walked the length of the protest from back to front and back again I maintain that the vast majority of protesters were neither violent nor hateful. A chant of "fuck the police" is an expression of disgust with a system where even good cops cover for bad cops and thus they are rightly seen to be complicit in the abuse of power. I've seen the cops use excessive force en masse at various actions enough times over the years to say that chant is justified. They need to be reined in and held accountable for their actions. Kill them? No. Re-train and restrain them? Hell yes.
I agree it was pointless to berate the cops who were present, but I think you're naive in your characterization of the police as being there to protect the protesters. They were there to manage and control the protest and protect private property along the route. If the topic of the protest hadn't been SPD's use of excessive force and lack of accountability you can bet their approach would have been more hands-on than it was.
You are proud of living in a police state where the cops are your friend only so long as you don't question the powers that be. For only the most recent galling example of how deluded you are, check out what happens if you dare turn your back on the Secretary of State while she extols the virtues of free speech:
Police brutality is a national problem.
The cops showed restraint last night only because they didn't want to add to the case against them. For now.
For a more representative batch of photos, go here:
Funny how "the establishment" PI is more even-handed in its coverage than the purportedly progressive Stranger.