Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Peaceful Protest turn Brutal for EVERYONE!












Trumps inauguration was full of fun and foreseeing of America's future. But what happened that day was extremely horrible and very hard to hear about. A professional freelance photographer, had been wanting to try photojournalism and wanted to test his luck at Trump's inauguration. He went to a rally it seemed like but in time turned into a protest against the our president to-be. Imagine yourself a journalist taking pictures at a protest, and all of a sudden the police threatens you to get down and to relax. Once they've got you on the floor they spray the hell out of you with mace. That is what exactly happened with this guy. He thought that because he wasn't at all part of the protest and was peacefully taking pictures of it that he would be safe in an attack like this one. But he wasn't. In a way this could be considered police brutality because an innocent photographer who just needed pictures for his job, got assaulted and maced because of being there. 


News Article: https://petapixel.com/2017/01/21/shot-trump-inauguration-protests-got-bargained/

Connection: This relates to our current place we are at with trusting the authorities and the way that they handle certain situations. It doesn't matter whether black or white it's a matter of if they feel you are a "threat" to them and even if your not they will find a way to get their way.

Discussion Questions: 1.) Do you think this man should've been maced in his eyes causing pain for several minutes? 2.) Is there another way the riot police could've done their "jobs"? 3.) Would you prefer harsh and hard police or soft and nice police handling situations like this?


22 comments:

  1. I don't think that the police should have mace the hell out of the photographer. yes there was another way that the police could have done his job.

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  2. I agree with Kevin because there is another way the police could have done it, they did not have to mace the photographer.

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  3. No I don't think the photographer should've gotten maced because he was doing anything wrong or harming anyone. The riot could've told the man to stop taking pictures or told him to go take pictures somewhere else.

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  4. I do not think that the photographer should have been maced if he was clearly not causing trouble. The job of the police is to deescalate the problem and all macing people in the eyes does is cause people to be angry and pained.

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  5. The photographer should not have been maced and the riot police should have thought about whether he was a threat before harming him. In situations like these i would prefer soft and nice police, i prefer soft and nice police in general. If our police weren't so violent and brutal than maybe our country wouldn't be number 1 on incarceration in the world.

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  6. i think that the photographer did nothing wrong and should not have been treated in this way by the police. The police should have understand more before they take the man down. There are so many other way the police could have done to help maintain peace.

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  7. i believed the photographer should have been maced in the eyes. the reasoning is because the police do not know what is a threat what is not.i believe the "brutality" of the police is reasonable because they need to go to measures to ensure their own safety

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    1. What about the safety of the peaceful protesters. I don't think all protesters are bad protesters.

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  8. The photographer who got maced was not wearing any identifying clothing as a reporter or photographer. He was (as pictured in his article) wearing all black. It's very easy for him to be mistaken for a rioter. Not everyone who has a camera is a professional photographer! I think the press should have some way to clearly identify themselves, and I think the police should respect them as a reporting body and not as a rioter.

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  9. The photographer should not be maced because he was not causing harm. He was not wearing or doing anything out of the ordinary. He was being judged based on how he appeared rather than his actions. The police should have questioned him rather than resorting to violence

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  10. I believe that the photographer definitely should not have been maced. He was obviously doing nothing wrong, so for the police officer to mace him shows police brutality and how some police officers are willing to abuse their power. Like Jenna said, if the police officer had questions then he should have talked to the photographer instead of assaulting him out of the blue.

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  11. I believe the photography should not have been so harsh on this man if he was not doing anything violently. I think this can be hard for the police to control but as long as there isn't any violence going on they shouldn't do anything because if they become violent then the peaceful protests become violent too.

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  12. The photographer definitely should not have been maced. He has done nothing wrong, and the incident was beyond unjustified. The police should have addressed the situation in a tolerant attitude and asked him or talked to him instead. It's understandable that sometimes the police have to be a little "harsh" but it is not the only way to regulate protests or any other circumstances.

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  13. The photographer definitely should not have been maced. He has done nothing wrong, and the incident was beyond unjustified. The police should have addressed the situation in a tolerant attitude and asked him or talked to him instead. It's understandable that sometimes the police have to be a little "harsh" but it is not the only way to regulate protests or any other circumstances.

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  14. The photographer should not have gotten maced because he was just taking photos and not even participating in the protest. The police should have taken more calm and less violent actions such as asking the photographer to stop what he was doing, or to simply leave because it was not a safe place for him.

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  15. I believe that the photographer should not have been maced however I think that he should have understood that there was a risk of something like that happening as the photographer willingly entered a protest and it can be hard for the police to know if he is participating or not.

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  17. I do not think that the photographer should have been maced and i think it was excessive and unjustified to do so. I think that it was completely ridiculous that the police resorted to this extreame of violence and especially when executed on a innocent person.

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  18. That's the thing riots are not orderly their chaotic as hell. How are police suppose to know who's peaceful or not in this protest where it was really violent. I don't think it was right for the guy to Mace the photographer but, I think the photographer could've made himself more clear that he wasn't part of the riot.

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  19. I don't think he should have been maced, if anything, no one should be maced. I feel as if the police should take action on the people that are creating harm to the people or environment around them, but not on those who are taking part on the PEACEFUL protest. Similar to the photographer, he should not have been maced in the eyes.

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  20. I don't think he should have been maced for several minutes, because it seemed like he wasn't doing anything harmful to anyone. I feel like they could have talked to him, and maybe the photographer should have made it apparent that he wasn't apart of the protest.

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  21. He shouldn't have been maced because it's unfair because he was just taking pictures and not causing anything. The cops should've maced the people being violent, and not just the people witnessing it. I wouldn't prefer soft or hard police, i'd prefer police that are in the middle. We don't want cops that just pepper spray anyone for taking pictures of a protest.

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