FROM THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE:
“…a series of muggings carried out Saturday night by groups of attackers, including one that left a visitor from Michigan hospitalized with a broken jaw. In the first attack, a group of young people beat and robbed the 40-year-old man in the 500 block of North State Street just before 10 p.m. The victim, who was in Chicago on business, according to a relative, was treated for a broken jaw…A second attack, which police believe to be unrelated, occurred about 30 minutes later near the Lake/State Red Line station in the 100 block of North State Street. A couple was accosted by an unknown number of suspects near the Chicago Theatre…Police received a report of a third attack near Navy Pier, but police couldn’t provide the exact time of the attack.The attacks occurred as city officials were preparing downtown for the upcoming festival season…”
But recall just a few weeks ago that Occupy Chicago and those crazed anarchist anti-war protesters warrented thousands of Chicago and State Police, as well as hired mercenaries, out of state cops, the military, FBI, Secret Service, a drone, dogs and scores of private security in a great panic that virtually shut down the city. WBBM “News” anchor John Cody, the functionary propagandist for corporate America was positively aroused at the idea of blood in the streets by the so-called Black Bloc. hundreds of police were marshalled by the city to isolate and encircle protesters who were dressed, as dangerous hooligans often do, in sandals and Birkenstocks while waving Peace signs, rainbow banners and singing(all your big criminal enterprises and n’er-do-wells are like that). And while some of them certainly showed a healthy and vociferous disdain for this Armageddon-like overkill by authorities more interested in silencing debate than defending rights, there was no violence at all before the heavihanded assault by auithorities tasked with crushing democratic and constitutionally protected protest.
These peace officers-peace officers-PEACE OFFICERS in riot gear, with clubs and guns, tear gas, on horseback and military-style and choreographed tactics CRUSHED HUNDREDS AGAINST WALLS AND WINDOWS, which thankfully did not turn out numerous casualties or worse. When those frightened and aghast citizens-guilty of nothing but speaking against the government and corporate power abuse-remember that bullshit they fed us all in gradeschool about freedom-when those citizens sought to defend themselves, they were attacked and bullied, their defense offering excuse for continued assault. They were students, children, the elderly and middle-aged. There were old women and pregnant women, veterans, christians, Jews and muslims guilty of no crime, and yet they recieved assult and attack and denunciation as if they were Nazis or common criminals.
And so where is that heavihandedness now, with actual criminals, assaulting innocent people on the streets of downtown? Why hasn’t the Loop been declared a Red Zone for crime? Why aren’t businesses shuttering and closing against the mere threat of mob action? Why is there no extra security and searches at the metra station as there was during the NATO summit?
Garry McCarthy laments that there isn’t the overtime and manpower to adequately meet the issue of actual crime in downtown Chicago. Funny, there seemed to be ample manpower and overtime for use against protesters. Dozens of bike cops were assigned against Occupy protesters for the adacity of maybe showing up outside a bank or a politician’s office with a sign or to shout at them…god forbid they should be subject to the crime of heckling.
This, to be clear is not an attack on the police. Rather it is a marker for exactly the priorities this nation has about law enforcement, and the priorities it assigns to dealing, not with the criminal but with the victim. It isn’t about protecting the innocent from the abusive, but about defending the powerful from the 99%. To quote the late Mayor Daley, “the police are not here to create disorder, they are here to preserve disorder,” by protecting the wealthy and powerful.
For all the law and order Righties, this hypocrisy ought to enrage you to the core, but considering the perverse turn the Right has taken-their post 9-11 hysterics now turned fully into a narcisistic psuedo-theistic sociopathy- they will make some sad equivocation fully at odds with reality and the position they held yesterday. they will argue that the police are just keeping the streets clear for traffic and shoppers-implying of course that the constitution-at least the First Ammenedment is secondary to pedestrian right of way and traffic flow. Of course, ask for the slightest reasonable conrtol over the gun they are currently masturbating with and they will scream that the state is oppressing them. See the difference?
Whew! That feels better…