Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Video Activism: Whose Streets?

This video, from dunnlap31 on YouTube is pretty disturbing. He or she points to The Portland Media Center for more information. I have a friend in Portland who has shown me similar photographs he and others have taken at demonstrations. Somehow the police always seem to takeout fire extinguisher sized canisters of mace and start shooting large groups of people who don't look that threatening. . . other than. . you know. . protesting.

I have been worried that since "The War On Terror" has begun that authorities have suddenly been taking more latitude when it comes to getting people to "comply" or pushing around protesters. This video was used as evidence in a complaint against the Portland Police department. I think it is a good example of how the pen may be mightier than the sword but video is mightier than the pen.

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