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What are your freedoms?

Are you only free until you try to speak out?

Bicycling RNC protester crashed into by a bicyclist cop (who apparently said no-harm, no-foul--ref:2nd video), but arrested anyway (ref:1st video), then abused in jail (ref:2nd video). He's denied food for 12 hours, beat, and bagged (and when he pukes in the bag over his head they refuse to take it off?). They claim he required force to restrain.





Here's a much more detailed account:

http://futurenewstoday.blogspot.com/2008/09/elliot-hughes-american-hero.html

I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. Are you outraged? Depressed? Skeptical of the whole scenario? Or just sure that it's not your problem?

I'd also love to hear if you've heard this already. From your friends? From blogs you read? What about from the "mainstream" media?

Comments

zwol
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
I don't find it surprising at all. As fenmere said, police brutality is not new, nor even police brutality directed at protesters at a party convention. (Chicago 1968, anyone?) I'd be depressed, but I hit rock bottom on the political depression thing sometime around 2005.

Makes me want to engineer some mind control viruses and take over D.C.
kaolinfire
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:12 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I think where I am is mostly beaten down to apathetic because it doesn't seem like anything makes a difference.

Thing is, we keep thinking we're _past_ 1968. I keep thinking? It's nice to pretend? Meh.
zwol
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:17 pm (UTC)
... now, not five years later, if you stand on a hill in Las Vegas and look west ... you can see where that wave finally broke and rolled back.

(Have you read The Armageddon Rag? It's finally back in print and I think you'd like it.)
kaolinfire
Sep. 10th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
I need to read Fear and Loathing. I haven't read The Armageddon Rag. Will keep an eye out for it :)

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