Compare the numbers on the street yesterday to the early days of this protest. Wow. It really would be nice if the NYPD could start treating the protesters with more respect than we’ve seen so far. Reading stories about concussions and other physical abuse is not what we should expect from the police. We should expect and demand much more civility from public servants.
The protesters are making an extraordinary effort to raise public awareness on a subject that has been long ignored by the political class. Rather than kick in a few heads, teargas people and allegedly trick protesters into the wrong road and make a mass arrest, the police ought to show some respect. Fixing our broken system benefits everyone, including the police officers and their families.