Those who make peaceful revolution protest impossible, make violent revolution protest inevitable ~JFK
I’m not sure how I missed this but it seems last Wednesday October 7th there was a protest by the Students for a Democratic Society in Downtown Rochester NY that ended in a lot of violence and brutality.
If you read section 240.20 of the New York State Penal Code it’s pretty clear that the protesters broke the law. To me it’s also pretty clear that the police overstepped their bounds.
Although it’s pretty hard to tell exactly what happened, it’s pretty easy to see the police were excessively violent. Two protesters were even sent to the hospital and 12 were arrested by brutal means like throwing them to the ground. The video clearly shows several officers pushing and shoving, yelling, screaming and pulling out their billy clubs.
Frankly, I don’t see how this type of blatant power trip can be tolerated. They should all be fired.
The following is a press conference the SDS gave after the protest. There’s tons more interviews and articles about the SDS protest online if you’re interested in reading more.