The crowd of 5,000 or so in downtown Los Angeles Monday wanted to march along Hill Street from Fourth Street to Pershing Square, but the police blocked the way. The march was supposed to end at Pershing Square, so blocking the way created an unnecessary confrontation. I looked to shoot a gap in the line of officers.
I don't condone violence. And I don't keep quiet about it, no matter who does the swinging. All the folks I know in the Occupy Movement are non-violent, and I look forward to peacefully participating in more events that show our fearless leaders what we think of this economy they have created. But hitting someone, especially a small woman, in the back of the head with something like a snare drum is an especially needless act of violence. I repudiate it.