Because it’s important to make it so that you can’t root for either side.
Hard to say which side I root for getting a comeuppance more. The NYPD for defending this action:
or Anonymous for encouraging retribution against the cop and his family. From Gawker:
Anonymous is on the hunt for the cop featured in a video pepper-spraying Occupy Wall Street protesters for no apparent reason. They say they’ve found him, and are circulating a document with his and his family’s personal information.
I can’t condone private acts of retaliation, but given that there’s negligible chance of the officer receiving any official sanction for assaulting that woman I can at least understand why people might be entertaining the idea of taking the law into their own hands.Report
Publishing this guy’s personal info, to me, fits into the “I can’t condone but…” category. Doing the same for his family members (wife and kids, I’m assuming?), on the other hand, seems unnecessarily mean, irresponsible, and dick-ish, and does not seem in any way to be attempting to solve a problem.Report
Publishing this guy’s personal info, to me, fits into the “I can’t condone but…” category.
If anyone other than a cop had committed that kind of assault, he’d be under arrest and his name would be all over the news. (If “personal info” means his home address, then yes, that’s over the line.)Report
… cops got a lot of defense against people who egg their house, don’t they just?Report
Does anyone else find it deeply, deeply disturbing that radical leftists are the most sympathetic characters in this story? How screwed up does a society have to be for them to come out on top?Report
I… don’t think Anonymous counts as radical leftists. They haven’t assassinated anyone that I can tell (and I doubt they’re organized enough to pull it off)[naturally, assassination is mostly a descriptor of how radical and not how left they are].
In fact, I think the only way you’d associate that racist pile of fools with the left is that recruitment post on dailykos, that they had up a while ago.
It’s fair enough to say that they’re a pro-free speech activist group, but I don’t consider that to be right or left, politically.Report
The “most sympathetic characters” are the ones suggesting mob violence in response to an event that hasn’t actually happened yet?
I mean, it’s not like the guy has explicitly not been disciplined. Has the police department said “yeah, it was Sergeant Soandso, we fully support his action and see nothing wrong with it, in fact we think he should have done it sooner, no we aren’t going to censure him at all”?Report
(Pssst. I think he’s talking about the people behind the barriers who got maced.)Report
Join the petition to jail Anthony Bologna and remove Raymond Kelly as commissioner!
An online petition??? WHERE DO I SIGN!
While you’re there, please sign my online petition to legalize pot.Report
It is really weird that the guy just walks up and blasts them. Even the other cops in the video are standing around all “uh..what the fuck, dude” (although I note that they don’t drop the fence. In times of confusion it’s more important than ever to maintain the symbols of authority!)Report
To me it’s pretty clear that the more unsympathetic group is the ones who have already resorted to violence without cause (ie, the police). I don’t see anything to indicate that Anonymous is inciting violence; the worst he’ll likely have to deal with is protesters showing up at his house.Report
I would be more willing to agree with this if it weren’t for the distributing information about the family members. I am having a hard time picturing a scenario where this does not imply some very creepy intended consequences – even if it was just a “we know where your kids go to school” kind of warning shot.Report
Which information? His address would be both ‘information about him’ and ‘information about family members’, and I think it’s legit to put that out there.Report