by Eric Dubin, The News Doctors:
Veterans and others are protesting outside the White House today. Reports are trickling in from social media, along with video. Below are interesting video clips. The first was “updated” at 4:55pm EST. it appears to have involved approximately 15 officers not fully geared-up in riot/paramilitary gear. They form a military line and march to get between the protestors and the gate outside the front lawn of the White House. Protestors shout, “This is a peaceful protest,” “We have a right to be here — you work for us,” and “Shame on you…” The cops are clearly out-numbered and they begin to retreat to the cheers of assembled protestors.
This is a bit unusual as far as police actions go. Typically, a large force in full urban combat riot gear shows up, ready and willing to crack heads and make arrests. It’s obvious that wasn’t done here for a reason: It would have made for seriously bad press for Obama. In fact, I would go as far as to speculate the not-so-heavily armed force was selected on purpose and inserted simply as a test and show of force without wanting to be overly intimidating, precisely for the same “image” considerations.
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