Considering their long history of embracing anarchists, the threat of violence often looms over left-wing protests, especially when events are not time-bound. As the anarchists among left-wing protestors have often attacked the police a feeling of mutual animosity can lead to violence confrontations, like those we are seeing breaking out in New York today.
Today’s conflict seems rather minor at the moment, though the language of escalation permeates the various “Occupy” communities. It does not help that leaders of the Democratic Party up to and including former Speaker Pelosi and President Obama are behind the movement, even if only seeking tactical advantage.
Let’s hope that this clash is an exception, not the foreshadowing of an attempt at mob rule.
Update: The NYPD isn’t exactly covering itself in glory today, first with the officer running over the gentleman above (who was then allegedly arrested for kicking the bike in an effort to get it off of his trapped, crushed foot), and later another officer punched a protester hard in the face without provocation.. and the man he punched turns out to be HIV positive.
The cop just lunged at me full throttle and hit me on the left side of my face. It tore my earring out. I remember seeing my earring on the ground next to me and it was full of blood. I was completely dumbstruck. I’m HIV positive and that cop should get tested.”
This occurs on the same day we learn that New York detectives routinely frames innocent people to make drug bust quotas. Is this really New York’s Finest?