We see this happen a lot, where the police will tell someone doing something typically innocuous to leave or give up a sign or something like that to stop a mob from getting violent. On the face of it, it seems like a smart thing to do, quick and easy way to stop violence from happening. However, this is not the case. The police are doing the wrong thing, the very opposite of what they should be doing, which is keeping the peace by arresting the law breakers. Forcing an innocent person to stop doing something lawful because other people might break the law is entirely against that for which we stand: Freedom, Justice, Liberty.
Damn the lazy police for their arrogance and stupidity, for not knowing right from wrong, and for not doing their jobs. Arrest these violent protesters and quell the mob, dammit!
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Today, 10.000 people demonstrated against Israel here in my hometown Duisburg (Germany) and to express their solidarity with Hamas. So, my girlfriend and me put two Israel flags out of the windows of our flat in the 3rd floor. During the demonstration which went through our street the police broke into our flat and removed the flag of Israel. The statement of the police was to de-escalate the situation, because many youth demonstrators were on the brink of breaking into our apartment house. Before this they threw snowballs, knifes and stones against our windows and the complete building. We both were standing on the other side of the street and were shocked by seeing a police officer standing in our bedroom and opening the window to get the flag. The picture illustrate this situation. The police acquiesced in the demands of the mob.
And as you can see from the video, the mob applauded, cheered, and shouted "Allahu akbar" when the flag disappeared.
Video above from Jewish Odysseus (thanks to Phil).
MANILA (AFP)--Authorities have asked local officials in the southern Philippines to cancel or downsize Christian festivals that might otherwise provoke Muslim militants, the region's top policeman said Thursday.
They also got an Egyptian Detroit Police officer to ask me to stop filming them on public property. So much for my civil rights, which the National Lawyers Guild attorneys there to "monitor the rights of Muslim-Americans" didn't seem to care about "monitoring."
A police officer actually had to come and ask the young man to put the Israeli flag down, because the other side was trying to push through the barricades (apparently the flag was riling them up!) and they needed to set up an additional barricade and bring over more officers.
What is noteworthy is that the small pro-Israel (Sabbath) crowd was forced to leave the scene because the police were not prepared to guarantee their safety.
This full KTVU video shows how, after this incident, the police were forced to escort the pro-Israel protesters inside a building — to keep them safe from the Palestinian protesters, who could not be controlled.
When the cops told us it was too dangerous for us to stay, I grabbed the flag from the barricade, not wanting to leave it to the tender mercies of the city's furious cab drivers, terrorist supporters and welfare cheats (the Kadar family was there) assembled only a few feet away.
I mean, there is stuff going on that I think crosses the line, that makes poor Alberta Pastor Stephen Boissoin's letter look like a love letter in comparison. He never called for ovens, or said the Nazi's didn't do a good enough job. I'm American born, and love the more robust free speech tradition there. But if police are telling a small group of counter-demonstrators they must go home because it is getting too dangerous, I better see some arrests made, or we have already said goodbye to civilized debate in this country.
At one point, the police told that counter-protester that if he didn't leave, he'd be arrested for "inciting civil disorder". I'm not making that up -- the lone pro-Israeli protester was told that, not the 175 people trespassing on the parking lot of a private mall. Maybe that's why the cops were too busy to station someone inside.
Update 20090114: Mark Steyn (this is the police not doing their jobs, too...)
Well, halfway through the Montreal video, you'll briefly see the demonstrators taunt the police, daring them to enforce their authority. For a clearer picture, look at this "pro-Palestinian" protest in London and the Metropolitan Police retreating in the face of a crowd jeering, "Run, run, you cowards!" and "Fatwa!"
Update 20090116: Solomonia
Here's short summary: Are the police taking sides in Anti-Israel protests?
Yes and no. Yes the police put more pressure on pro-Israel activists during these rallies, because they know how agitated and violent the pro-Palestinian groups can be. Israel-supporters will respect police authority, while leftist and Islamist activists do not.
Again -- as last time -- the police told the pro-Israel counter-protesters that they risked being arrested for "inciting public disorder" if their tiny Jewish flag caused a conflagration. Did you get that? If the peaceful display of a Star of David "incited" the Hamas supporters to act violently, it would be the Israel supporters who would be charged. I wonder how much longer -- months? years? -- until police are telling people that wearing "provocative" Christian crosses is cause for arrest, too.
Imagine if Calgary's cops spoke that way to battered women: "Ma'am, if you don't cook him his dinner the way he likes it, you're provoking him. He'll hit you again. And we'll have to charge you with inciting him to hit you."
Update 20090119: Five Feet Of Fury
02:52 Cop #1: "Okay, let me educate you about something called breach of the peace. If it gets to the point where we determine that it's a breach of the peace, then arrests will be made."
03:03 Son of Brunette: "A conversation's not a breach of the peace."
03:06 Brunette: “Is it?”
03:07 Cop #1: "It is when it creates a problem."
03:08 Son: "What problem has it created? There's no violence going on."
03:15 Cop #1: "If you don't want it to get to that point, we're just trying to educate you of what our options are."
The police told pro-Israel demonstrators on at least one occasion to put away their Israel flags because they were "inflammatory." Yet officers allowed some anti-Israel demonstrators to scream support for Hamas -- and even to dress up as hook-nosed Jews pretending to drink the blood of Palestinian babies.
In general, the police have reacted passively to the violence. One recent video clip captured the astonishing spectacle of Muslims stampeding through London's West End hurling traffic cones and other missiles at the police, all the time shrieking "Allahu akbar" and "cowards." The police ran and stumbled backward rather than standing their ground and stopping the rampage.
At 4.18 you can see the police reaction - instead of removing the attacking arab mob, they removed us!
At 4.38 Im asking the police chief about the police no-reaction. See the subtitles at about 4.50 seconds in.
After the clip ends, we are being moved out by the police. We, who have a permit for being there and are not violent gets away.
Midway through his latest post re the death-to-the-Jews rallies in Calgary, Ezra Levant writes:
Why were local politicians silent about this display of bigotry, week after week?
Why did the Calgary Police Service permit this unruly mob onto private property in the first place? Why were trespass charges not laid against them weeks ago? Why did the police do nothing when a pro-Israel counter-protester had a shoe thrown at him, and when a rabbi was spat at? Why were assault charges not laid against them?
What did the police do when these attacks were being executed by the arabs? Nothing at first, then they decided to remove us from the square!
Let me say that again - the police removed us, who had a permit to be there. We were not hostile or attacking anyone. But instead of removing them, who didnt have a permit, they removed us.
Update 20090205: Photography Is Not A Crime
And it happened last week in New York City as a photojournalist tried to photograph a mob of pro-Gaza demonstrators in Times Square as you can see in the above video.
Unlike the two incidents in Miami, where police got involved, New York City police officers stood by dumbly even though the photographer asked for their help several times.
Another anti-Semitic incident took place in a Canadian university Thursday when over 100 anti-Israel activists surrounded a campus building belonging to the Jewish student club 'Hillel' at York University, Toronto. The activists pounded on office doors while yelling out racial slurs. Campus security was forced to alert police to restore order and the latter demanded that the offices be shut down.
That's right, an anti-Semitic mob attacks the offices of the Jewish club Hillel, and police demand the under-seige offices to shut down, not demand the violent mob disperse. This is how good people lose respect for the law and law enforcement.
When a Muslim complains to Toronto police about death threats to a “good-looking Muslim” (Fatah’s amusing way of describing Muslims such as Mansur and himself who embrace modernism and reject sharia as the basis for state jurisprudence), the police will dispatch two burly Muslim police officers. These gentlemen will warn the complainer to button it, lest he rile up restive Muslims. Should the complainer fail to comply, he, and not those lobbing the death threats, will face arrest.
This is just blatant police intimidation, with a Muselman flavor, exotic to Canada, but disturbingly familiar to immigrants.