Update on Twitter: RT @occupyoakland: The plaza is open now, people are starting gather. The grass is fenced off. Everyone com… (cont) http://deck.ly/~wAZQ4
I got word of the Oakland tragedy via Greg Laden, and then found this clip below which I had to watch several times to believe. It clearly shows a police officer throwing a concussion grenade into a small group which gathered to help get a critically injured man slumped on the pavement to the emergency room. How is this motherfucker still free on the street, let alone allowed to wear a police uniform and carry a loaded weapon?
It’s puke-sick on so many levels I hardly know where to start. I sure don’t remember Tea Party rallies being tear-gassed and shot at, even though some of them showed up to demonstrate strapped down with assault rifles.
We progressives have spent the last six months working our asses off to preserve pay and benefits for public employees including police officers in the face of concerted efforts to raid pensions and insurance for the benefit of the super rich and corporations. The idiot that threw that grenade might as well put on a pig mask and horse-whip brown kids in front of a news crew for the damage he’s done to that effort and his force.