What’s wrong with this picture? It implies a significant and violent threat where there was none.
The ‘Treaties Not Tar Sands’ rally at the Capitol Wednesday drew 1,000 to 2,000 people. It was a beautiful and powerful event. I will write more about it in the coming days. It deserves more attention.
Tonight, I’m focusing on law enforcement’s massive and intimidating response — and how rally-goers responded.
At one point I counted 33 officers on or near the front steps of the Capitol. And there were many others spread out around the Capitol complex.
The question is: Why is it when large numbers of black and brown people show up for some event, law enforcement feels compelled to use a show of force?
Given all the racial tensions around policing, law enforcement had to know this approach was bad optics. It did it anyway. That means law enforcement either had little concern about making people feel unwelcome, scared, and/or angry, or in fact that was the intention.Continue reading