Good Policing that Protects vs. Bad Policing that Destroys

I’m having flashbacks to being at the Los Ángeles Federal Building the night the police were acquitted for beating Rodney King.

It was a peaceful protest with maybe 400 to 1,000 people chanting, “No justice,no peace!”, when about a dozen LAPD officers showed up, getting the crowd even more riled up.

I tried negotiating with the police, asking them to leave as they were just. getting the crowd agitated. Since we were surrounded by acres of grass, and an almost empty 8-lane Wilshire Blvd, there was nothing…