30 Nov '11, 11pm

How the police became a public enemy - an interview with ex-Seattle top cop Norm Stamper

How the police became a public enemy - an interview with ex-Seattle top cop Norm Stamper

Police subdue a protester at an Occupy Wall Street rally in New York City. Photo: Audrey Pilato Over the past couple of weeks, the fight between "the 99%" and the powerful Wall Street and Washington elite has devolved into a street battle between protesters and the police. Black-suited cops have pepper sprayed peaceful protesters, bloodied kids who blocked New York streets, and clubbed an old lady. It's too bad -- for everyone involved. It's easy to scapegoat people like John Pike, the UC Davis police officer who doused a group of students with pepper spray -- and was promptly escorted, along with the rest of his squad, off of the green by a group of outraged students. (If all you've seen is the pepper spraying, you've gotta watch the scene that followed, captured in this YouTube video . These kids showed incredible chutzpah and restraint.) But the problem obviously goes b...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/cities/2011-11-30-good-cop-bad-cop-h...

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