Monday, January 18, 2010

In Arizona, it's not a party without pepper spray

At a protest march that Arizona Republic columnist E.J. Montini described as "accommodating. Polite, even," police still found opportunity to hose the crowd down with pepper spray. Organized by Puente Arizona, the January 16 March targeted Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's nativist-courting anti-immigration jihad, which has sent deputies crashing through the doors of homes, businesses and even government offices, and that has many hispanics who came to Arizona from elsewhere wondering if maybe the human rights record back home doesn't look so bad by comparison.

But if the protest didn't really touch on Arpaio's thuggery against people who speak out against him, it sure seemed to offer a taste of the risks of such an approach. People at the scene captured video of officers -- specifically, a female Phoenix officer on horseback -- spraying the crowd, including families with children, with a substance that appeared to be pepper spray.

In their defense, police say they arrested five "anarchists" and claim that officers were assaulted. That may or may not be true, but it's not apparent from the video of the mounted officer.



Blogger liberranter said...

One wonders when the residents of Maricona County will finally decide that they've had enough of the Polizeistaat posturing of Joke Arpiggo, his deputies, and their Phoenix PD satraps. My own guess is that that will happen only after a sufficient number of the targets of this officially-sanctioned pogrom self-deport, leading to critical labor shortages that result in the WASP denizens of the county having to maintain their own yards and having to find alternatives to dining out.

January 19, 2010 12:19 PM  

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