But as the rally was winding down and most of the protesters were leaving the area, someone among the dozens still in the streets hurled a plastic water bottle at police.
Helmeted officers, some with heavy weapons and dogs, suddenly emerged in force. They ordered the remaining protesters to leave and chased down those who resisted as more bottles were thrown. Police later said they arrested 47 people and seized several loaded firearms, but no gunshots were fired.
Police arrest dozens overnight in Ferguson as prosecutors prepare case for grand jury. Reuters/The Raw Story, 8/20/14.
A plastic bottle is not a weapon, especially if thrown at someone wearing a helmet who’s heavily armed, nor does “more bottles” justify 47 arrests or dogs. This is still disproportionate response. Plastic bottles and rocks are not the same as Molotov cocktails or tear gas or rubber bullets or MRAPs.
Gregory McRae already is imprisoned for burning the body of Henry Glover – who was shot by another officer days after the 2005 storm.
…McRae’s lawyer says in court filings seeking leniency that McRae was suffering emotionally from the storm’s carnage when he burned the body. He also says McRae did not know Glover had been shot by another officer and didn’t realize he might be covering up a crime.
Ex-cop who burned body post-Katrina seeks leniency. KNOE.com, 8/15/14.
And post-Katrina/Floods “stress” is no excuse for burning a body, regardless of whose it was or where it was or when it was. There is no excuse.