"it’s totally true, the police here are not wearing tags or anything that can identify them, and if you ask them to identify themselves the responses range from blank stares to get moving to fuck you.
"also the worst thing i’ve witnessed is neighborhoods where people are just living and staying at home and in their yards and on their own fucking private property being bombarded with tear gas and noise. little kids have been hit with tear gas for fuck’s sake. if you show up to a protest you expect that kind of shit, but not when you’re at home minding your own goddamn business. and people wonder why so many of us think cops are fucking assholes.
"the place is more militarized now than it ever was. people, this is not a drill. this is what america really looks like when you scratch the civilized surface. those of us who have never been protected by color or wealth always see glimpses of this on a daily basis, almost. but just remember, they’re coming for you too the minute the chips are down. this is the face of racism, yes, but it’s also the face of capitalism. this is what capitalism looks like when it takes off the mask, scared because someone somewhere yells out and calls them on their victimizing shit. this is what happens when the status quo gets unquo’d. they’ll throw everything they got at you, and they gots a lot.
"hell, more than they know what to do with. most of these guys don’t know shit, you can tell. they’re pointing guns into peoples’ faces, snipers are sitting around with rifles pointed at civilians. and i love the RUBBER BULLET narrative too. there’s no such thing as a RUBBER BULLET. there is such a thing as a STEEL BULLET COATED WITH RUBBER, which, guess what, can still fucking kill or maim you.
"so far i’ve dodged the cops. but here’s another narrative: "the vast majority of protestors are peaceful, just a handful of (implied outsider) troublemakers are RIOTING and LOOTING." well, the vast majority of all protestors are absolutely NOT peaceful, because protests ARE NOT PEACEFUL, and all of these protestors (and folks/little kids just in their own backyards) are apparently infuriating to the police here. i think they literally hate the populace they are supposed to protect. but that whole "handful of troublemakers" is mainly to give cover to police excesses, not to explain what is really going on here.
"I was at the infamous Battle of Seattle, and while that was a whole nother story, the underlying fact is and always will be, cops exist to uphold an oppressive system. they don’t give a shit if you are peaceful or not."