Sunday, June 26, 2005

How the Palo Alto Brain Works

  • According the Sunday's Daily News, "Ilona Konevski, mother of one of the protest organizers was at the scene to make sure her own son did not get arrested." How humiliating. Having lost the struggle to control her child, she turns attention to controlling the police.
  • A group of high school aged girls attended the march and were noticeably taunting police. At one point they sat in the middle of University Avenue inviting confrontation. A reporter asked the girls if they were concerned about being arrested. The response reveals a surprising level of naivete; "Look at these faces...These are young female minors. They are not going to arrest us." Can we get a title IX ruling on that?
  • In response to last May's anarchist march that got out of hand the Palo Alto police department brought in police from around the area to keep the peace. No arrests were made, no violence and no injury--except for someone who was pepper sprayed to avoid spooking a mounted officer's horse. Police made no attempt to prevent people from marching or speaking. So all is well that ends well right? Not according to one resident, "It's so over the top...you don't need horses and tear gas." Another said, "I don't feel protected, I feel intimidated (by the police). It's an overwhelming force." Forgetting that the point of having police is to prevent trouble, not having to round up more officers after the situation is out of hand.

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

GOOD JOB trying to understand the people you don't know. i hope that leaked with sarcasm. i can see why you would feel this way though, although i don't agree with anything you wrote. this is just too biased. bye.

1:36 AM  
Anonymous SCSIwuzzy said...

Wow, I guess that anom thinks that Menlo is just too far removed from PA to get to know them...
I suppose my time in Sunnyvale also excludes me from any observations...

6:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Leaked" with sarcasm?

7:18 AM  
Blogger Anne Haight said...

I live in San Jose and I had no idea this was going on. Pathetic. Spoiled Palo Alto rich kids think they're anarchists and they march with the certainty that they won't be arrested because they're children (and because these are American police we're talking about, who as a rule do not shoot protesters or trample them with their patrol horses).

I'm surprised anyone would give any attention to this attempt by some naive, ignorant kids to play dress-up (like nobody can figure out who they are just because they're wearing bandannas, after showing up in the back seat of mom's Mercedes). I rather doubt they would have vandalized the Cheesecake Factor (it's much more likely they would have stopped for lunch), but I approve of the strong police presence.

10:21 AM  
Anonymous Smoking Jay said...

I drove up University Ave on Sunday morning and not a single window...three cheers for the local police!!! Nice job anticipating trouble and assembling the resources in case a response was necessary. If the "gathering" had trashed downtown like that did in Seattle a few years ago, we would never heard the end of criticism...

Squirrel, the pictures are a kick...and saved me the trouble of going down Sat night for laughs...this is a far cry from the Free Speech Movement of the 1960's in Berkeley...when the right and the left joined for common purpose and stood their ground with passion and deep conviction.

11:54 AM  
Blogger Walter E. Wallis said...

No one is forced to engage in capitalism.

3:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"How humiliating. Having lost the struggle to control her child, she turns attention to controlling the police."

Actually, if the person who wrote this actually READ the quote he/she was commenting on, it said she was trying to keep her son from getting arrested. She was keeping tabs on her son. Idiots should not be allowed freedom of expression.

3:01 PM  

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