We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It's sort of amusing to consider that these are the Riot Police we're watching scurry away like rabbits. One can only imagine what regular old bobbies would do in that situation -- after they wet themselves, I mean.
Lots of websites, this website included, post videos instructing you not to talk to the police. Everyone runs into the street with a video camera, traffic stop and armed robbery alike, trying to catch a YouTube-able Rodney King moment to get their fifteen minutes of Internet fame by proxy. No one has to do that in England, there's a camera everywhere already.
This is what you get when the police know there's nothing but trouble in it for them to protect your homes and businesses, and ultimately, your lives. God help you if you don't sort your recyclables, though.
Well, in their defense, they aren't allowed to use lethal force. Secondly, they were outnumbered - about 3 to 1. Third, no tear gas or pepper spray as its considered "harmful". No bean bags or rubber bullets either.
I guarantee you if they had rubber bullets, bean bags, some pepper spray and the political backing to beat the snot out of these punks, it wouldn't have lasted long.
Roger de Hauteville's Older Brother Joe
Why bother having the police out at all then? Figured to see a line of police with batons thrashing about and the crowd would have dispersed quickly.
If the Past Few Days Have You at Least a Little Worried... http://mittromneycentral.com/2011/08/08/obamas-horrible-no-good-day-romney-speaks-on-sp-downgrade/ is one of the most enlightening pieces I've ever seen. The future is uncertain, but we can have real hope because the more people that read this, the more people will see the light and know what we have to do to get back on track.
Notice after the third bit of trash is hurled, and the police begin to retreat, the quick surge towards them. Had the police reinforcements, on horse on their flanks, and more force to the rear, they could have ambushed and trapped the lot a block or two further down. Suckering them into a box canyon. When people have nothing cultural or moral inside saying quietly, "This is wrong", external constraints are a poor substitute. Compare Japan after the tsunami, there was no looting. Why?
Regrettably, the Riot Act was not available, as it was repealed in 1973. Been replaced by the creepily sinister 'Civil Contingencies Act.'
The Police above had specific orders not to interfere, arrest or do anything to the law breakers. Merely stand in line and observe -
'Many people are becoming very angry that we refuse to move our lines and baton charge the rioters. I have run around like a blue arsed fly trying to understand why we are being ordered to stay static; the only explanation I can find is that Gold Command are concerned about the sensitivity of the target group.'
It's fairly clear that the police senior command structure have absolutely no idea what to do.