Are police brave?

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April 10, 2011
by David Ker Thompson  
Posted in Commentary, LAND Commentary

"Activists generally live to prostrate themselves in acts of public martyrdom. To the extent that their only real power is a certain vulnerability adroitly entered into the media spectacle, demonstrators live to be trod upon for visual consumption in media outlets. A best-case scenario for an activist group is to experience a moderate uptick in public sympathy based upon the group’s ability to suffer in public. From a police point of view, then, beating and arresting demonstrators is under most circumstances quite literally a walk in the park with pay, benefits and, typically, time-and-a-half compensation schemes. Sadists love masochists." (04/10/11)  

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