This should be the last video I upload of the Saturday night march protesting events over the previous two days. Again, uncensored:
I think the best way to understand this march around Oakland is as a literal “victory lap” for the embarrassment that befell the police department mostly on Friday.
The decision by Chief Nate Harper (or whomever) to declare Friday night’s assembly at Schenley Plaza “unlawful” — and the decision to break it up — will need to be examined. The impacts of decisions to employ new riot control agents and equipment as frequently as did occur need to be questioned. That those decisions led to a situation in which multiple reporters were getting arrested and City officers were briefly standing off against University officers need to be taken into account.
It all sounds to me as though the Police were eager to bring all G20-related activity and weirdness to a conclusion on behalf of an exhausted City. That’s understandable — but transforming a harmless and contained assembly (if that’s what it was) into a conflict is exactly what anarchists, if any exist, would have wanted.
That all having been said, I have not yet seen or read one thing which calls into question the professionalism, restraint and composure of individual officers. They performed as admirably as ever during a week of intense stress and confusion. No “atrocities” have been reported yet, and civil liberty and free speech didn’t “die” in Pittsburgh even if one particular crowd was unwisely suppressed and dispersed on one occasion (though Thursday in Oakland is also murky). I give the rank-and-file very high marks, and I look forward to a thorough civilian revue of our new riot control procedures.
*-UPDATE: More accounts of the events are being organized: P-G, Jerome L. Sherman.