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Dear Republican Party

Please never hold your National Convention in Los Angeles. Cops and rent-a-cops in your vicinity seem to lose a hefty amount of common sense - first go read this, then go look at this journal permibus for an egregious example. You are not prepared for some of the perfectly normal things we see in LA every day, and I shudder to contemplate the possibilities.

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kengr
Sep. 2nd, 2008 07:36 am (UTC)
Between this and several other insanely stupid things (like charging an independent journalist with felony rioting *after* using pepper spray on her when all she was doing was interviewing protestors) I figure that while it won't be big news until well after the convention, the city & state are going to get hung out to dry in the courts.

way too many things that far exceed any legit authority they have. Homeland security and some other *federal* agencies can sometimes get away with playing that fast and loose with the rules, but not state and local folks.

Worst case, if they somehow use the "fine print" in many of the things Bush talked Congress into signing of oon to get away with all this crap, nobody will be able to claim those various powers "won't be abused" which means getting them repealed will get a *lot* easier.
kayshapero
Sep. 2nd, 2008 11:21 pm (UTC)
They haven't really caught on yet to the fact that these days misdeeds "under cover of authority" are liable to turn up on You Tube within half an hour (witness this guy.) If we aren't there already, we rapidly approach the age of universal surveillance... except it ain't just Big Brother - it's ALL of us doing the surveying. This isn't Chicago in 1968 (and even that got out and caused mucho stink.)
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kayshapero
Sep. 3rd, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
Repost to correct a couple of typos, includin' that I accidentally typed DNC instead of RNC

Maybe you were thinking of Chicago in 1968? :)

Bottom line - cops are there to uphold the law, not break it.

Incidentally, though I don't know if that happened here, it is fairly easy to create violence regardless of the actual intent of a march. Just stick a few randoms in the back to throw bottles and rocks, then run away. The cops innocently retaliate against the march as a whole.

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