2008 Quote of the Day
posted by September 2 at 23:49 PMon
Two Republicans at the convention watched from behind the barricade as a group of 2,000(ish) protestors briefly considered trying to topple the fence:
First Republican: “Oh shit. I think they want to jump the fence. You wearing comfortable shoes?”
Second Republican: “Yeah—I can run in Prada loafers.”
Also: No matter what you think about the protestors’ politics or methods, the police here are behaving like brutes. I’m not just saying that because I got pepper-sprayed several hundred feet from the protests (and after I’d identified myself as a non-protesting reporter with an RNC credential badge):
Yesterday and today, I saw police gratuitously smack and pepper-spray people (most of them peaceful protestors or non-protesting passers-by) who only wanted to get out of harm’s way.
So did CNN:
The protesters were noisy but peaceful as they approached the convention. Once they arrived, a police officer read an order to disperse, CNN reporters on the scene said.
But almost immediately, officers along the exit route opened fire with gas and projectiles. In one instance, a CNN producer said, an officer stepped out of line to hit a young woman with pepper spray as she ran for the exit.
Firing tear gas at your police-appointed exit route? Which will only drive people back into the fray that you’re trying to disperse?
That’s either gross idiocy or gross sadism.
There’s no other explanation.