Friday, November 17, 2006

From across the pond, here's what's going to happen if you forget your ID card, assuming our dear government are allowed to have their way...

3 Comments:

Blogger Andrew Bartlett said...

And think, this is in an elite university. How do American police behave when dealing with the underprivileged? How do American security forces behave when dealing with foreigners?

I hope that the tasered guy is okay, and the expected disciplinary action takes place with regard to the... well, yeah, pigs. But more than that, I hope that the graduates of UCLA become a little more observant of the violence that underpins American, and not only American, society.

Alternatively, remember, if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear. Works like a fascist charm, until you've seen, for yourself, the police behaving like brutes.

11/17/2006 04:13:00 pm  
Blogger Andrew Bartlett said...

I would like to add that I couldn't see the porters at my uni behaving in this way. For one, they don't have tasers.

I've never been that happy with the enthusiasm for non-lethal weapons. This has nothing to do with disputing their 'non-lethality', and everything to do with, given such weapons, law-enforcers and security services will become incautious and blase about the use of force.

There is a big difference between taking the decision to disperse a crowd by firing on it, and taking the decision to disperse a crowd by just a certain but non-lethal means, even if this means is some kind of modernity-fetishist pleasing gadget.

A police state that only has guns kills people, but loses legitimacy quick. A police state that uses non-lethal weapons to control the populace can tell itself, and the apolitical mass, that it is not a police state after all.

11/17/2006 04:19:00 pm  
Blogger Andrew Bartlett said...

Oh (and I'm sorry about this) I'll add some more. I'd like to know if the campus police would have behaved in such a way had the identity cardless student been a preppy white boy and not an Iranian-American.

11/17/2006 04:40:00 pm  

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