Monday, October 24, 2005

A riot by the police

The French are going to use riot police in an attempt to assert control over lawless areas. This sounds rather draconian, but perhaps they have good reasons for taking the police state route. There is something of an arms race between law enforcement and criminals. Perhaps this is a bad translation of riot police, I'll keep an eye out for more information on this development.

Being nearby when the police get all bent out of shape can be hazardous to your health. After Dan White was not convicted of Harvey Milk's murder on the Twinkie Defense, the gays in San Francisco rioted. In retribution, police from all over the Bay Area descended on SF and meted out punishment. They covered their badges with tape and beat the stuffing out of anyone they caught ahold of. It was a police riot. The 1968 Democratic National convention is another good example of a police riot.

I'll be interested to read more about how this tactic works out for the French.

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