A video purporting to show Spanish police officers exacting sweet justice on their country’s version of antifa thugs began making the rounds on social media this weekend, and given the prevalence of leftist violence here in the United States, it seems worth talking about in a bit more detail.
The confrontation in the video apparently took place during protests against an eviction of squatters in Santiago de Compostela in May (use the “translate” button on this site for details). But regardless of the issue, what’s clear is that it provides a perfect template for how officers in the U.S. should deal with protesters bent on violence: By organizing themselves into disciplined blocks and beating back the mob.
This, in contrast to just doing nothing like the police officers in Charlottesville, Virginia, who simply stood by and watched last month when leftist thugs and white supremacists duked it out at the so-called “Unite the Right” rally.
But before we get into more detail about that event, watch the video of officers handling leftist protesters below or directly here. The only way to describe it is “beast mode”:
Beautiful, right? Now contrast those officers’ tough approach to the one taken by the cops in Charlottesville last month.
As noted at the time by the ACLU, police on the scene were ordered to “not intervene until given command to do so.” As a result, a lot of violence unnecessarily broke out:
— ACLU of Virginia (@ACLUVA) August 12, 2017
Yet instead of putting a halt to it, the authorities continued watching, according to ProPublica: “State police and National Guardsmen watched passively for hours as self-proclaimed Nazis engaged in street battles with counter-protesters.” (Note the phrasing. Are the counter-protesters not “engaged in street battles” too?)
Something similar occurred months earlier in Berkeley, California, where local cops literally stood by watching when fights broke out as leftist thugs attacked a rally in support of President Donald Trump.
Watch a particularly disturbing encounter with local cops in the video below:
I ask a cop why they’ve been hanging back as a brawl is happening half a block away in Berkeley. “I’m not at liberty to discuss my tactics.” pic.twitter.com/teGEYBV1ho
— Shane Bauer (@shane_bauer) April 15, 2017
Even worse was when antifa thugs reportedly chased authorities out of a plaza in Berkeley during another event just last month:
Antifa chase cops out of MLK plaza in Berkeley. Police fire teargas. pic.twitter.com/tz5kQWFWD0
— Shane Bauer (@shane_bauer) August 27, 2017
It’s not that U.S. police officers are spineless cowards — far from it. Rather, they’re routinely ordered by higher-ups to do and say nothing out of some inexplicable fear that intervening might only exacerbate the violence.
But as the video circulating on social media perfectly demonstrates, that’s just not true.
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