Cowardly violence at the RNC

Way to go! Earning your Cowardice merit badge with a single blow.

My machine won’t play the video, so I’m relying on the description by Jeralyn Merritt: a young male Bush supporter kicked a young petite woman ACT-UP protester from behind while she was being held on the ground by three Secret Service agents.

ACT-UP is a pain in the ass, but this is inexcusable. The willingness of the conventiongoers to stand by and let it happen speaks volumes about their basic level of decency.

Is this what they mean by “a pack, not a herd”?

The dastard’s picture was captured by the cameras; let’s hope someone identifies him. Kicking with a shod foot counts as assault with a deadly weapon in most states, though I don’t know if New York is among them. About a year upstate would do this guy some good, don’t you think?

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com

2 thoughts on “Cowardly violence at the RNC”

  1. Prisoner abuse at the Garden

    Caught on tape! Young Republican Kicks Female Protester , reports Jane Merritt of TalkLeft: Update: I received an email purportedly identifying the protester and forwarded it to Jen Maxfield, the reporter in the WABC video. Hopefully, the email will reach

  2. Prisoner abuse at the Garden

    Caught on tape! Young Republican Kicks Female Protester , reports Jeralyn Merritt of TalkLeft: Update: I received an email purportedly identifying the protester and forwarded it to Jen Maxfield, the reporter in the WABC video. Hopefully, the email will…

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