The first of what I'm sure will be many looks back at 2011, "The 45 Most Powerful Images of 2011," at Buzzfeed. This set from a newsie perspective.
(The picture above completely outrages me.)
(Thanks to Vlatko)
ADDENDUM (Wednesday evening): I turned to the comment moderation tonight to find that the discussion about Lt. Pike and his pepper-spray had gotten out of hand, which, as you know, I don't allow. Therefore I've decided to close the comments on this post. I'll let Ctein have the last word:
This has nothing to do with any misguided notions of "entitlement" or your personal politics. The police acted incorrectly (whether they broke the law depends on the legal code).
If a police officer gives you a lawful order, it is illegal to refuse it; you must comply or you are subject to removal and arrest. But... the officer is not allowed to use force or violence unless you forcibly resist or otherwise act to threaten their well-being (an actual threat has to be evident, not merely a hypothetical imagining of what could happen "if...").
Allowable practice very clearly limits the consequences of breaking the law. If you are blocking a public thoroughfare and the officer orders you to move, they do not have the right to shoot you! Not even if they ask ten times, not even if they tell you in advance they will shoot you. Those do not make their actions lawful.
If you forcibly resist or directly threaten them or others, then all bets are off. They can take any measures they need to to subdue you. But otherwise...
Failure to heed a police officer's order or even passively refuse to cooperate does not mean they can shoot you. Or tase you. Or crack your skull with a billy club. Or shoot you with rubber bullets. Or pepper-spray you.
Under the rule of law you do not get to respond any way you like when confronted with a lawbreaker. Sometimes that means you don't get what you want. Tough. The ends don't justify the means, either legally or morally.
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