Sunday, December 07, 2014

Protests turn destructive in Berkeley, CA

News media report that some protests turned “violent” in Berkeley, CA Saturday night, in the wake of the New York grand jury decision not to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo in the “chokehold” death of Eric Garner when trying to arrest the latter in Staten Island, NY, last July.  Some businesses had broken windows, and police officers were pelted with rocks and bottles.  Police used tear gas, in what looked like a scene from the Vietnam era.  The CNN story is here
On a vacation in 1971 with other ex-Army friends, I recall having a room in a "hotel" in Berkeley for $42 for a whole week.  And my own father was a Berkeley graduate (around 1925).  
The large numbers of protests in many cities, especially New York, Washington and Dallas, had ben peaceful, with people lying down on streets and getting arrested on minimal misdemeanor complaints. Protests in Ferguson and around St. Louis have calmed down and been peaceful more recently. 
NBC News has a big story Sunday morning, for Meet the Press, on a deep racial divide over law enforcement, link here. 

Yet, the most aggressive tweeting and media activism on the issue on various other police  incidents around the country (as in Utah, Arizona and Ohio) seem to come from young, relatively affluent and publicly popular  white  males.   

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