And there is this:
Of course the police and media present it as "rioting" and "unruly behaviour" by people and that the police are "just doing their duty". The fact that "their duty" included roughing up people, macing/pepper straying them, grabbing anybody with a camera and throwing them hard to the ground taking away the camera is just "standard police procedure" for the NY police.
When was the last time you saw a drunk billionaire screaming obscenities and making a "scene" at a bar or on the sidewalk manhandled like this. Never? Oh, but that is because the police have one set of rules for the bottom 99% and another for the "important" people who are in the 1%.
This is why if you are the offspring of a billionaire you can happily rape innocent people and kill them and the police never seem to connect the dots and find you guilty of anything. Here's
- an Anheuser-Busch billionaire who has left two dead people and wild car chase and has never been charged
- Ted Kennedy who left a woman to drown in his car and got away with no charges
- a Kennedy that literally got away with murder for 25 years
Here's the best explanation I've seen yet for the behaviour of the police. Here is comic Andy Borowitz applying his keen eye to the situation:
NYPD spokesman Frank Hannefy explained the controversial decision to arrest Occupy Wall Street protesters while leaving the people who had brought the nation’s economy to the brink of Armageddon unmolested.Right on! Get those miscreants who would trample grass and show no respect for THE LAW!
“As far as soulless individuals pillaging the country for their personal gain, that’s none of our business,” he said. “But we’ll be damned if we’re going to let people march on newly seeded grass.”
The late 19th century writer Anatole France nailed the sublimity of THE LAW:
The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich and the poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.The Wall Street billionaires didn't trample any grass. All they did was implode the economy, destroyed $10 trillion, caused 25 million people to be unemployed, forced 10 million people to lose their homes. No reason for the cops to show any concern there. It is those Occupy Wall Street types who think they can lounge on park benches and hang out 24x7 in public parks trampling on the grass. Now there is the real danger to society!