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by Peter Moskos

November 22, 2011

What day is it?

"I don't think we have the right to Monday-morning quarterback the police," said Bill O'Reilly of Fox News.

OK. But can't we at least Saturday-evening quarterback the police? See, the problem is that these police did not make bad split-second decisions in the heat of the moment. Technically, tactically, and legally they did nothing wrong (which doesn't make it right). (Of course had students rioted and attacked them, maybe it wouldn't have been such a tactically harmless maneuver.)

Using force against passive-resisters is a logical decision based on their training. It can, will, and shouldn't happen again.

And, uh, also, anybody who dismisses pepper mace as a "food product" is an idiot.


Kyle said...

People still watch Bill O'Reilly?

Anonymous said...

What do you think about Occupy Police, Mr. Moskos? It started about a month ago and their slogan is "the 99% protecting the 100%"

Happy thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/22/ron-paul-pot_n_1109102.html Thought you might like this clip.

IrishPirate said...


you have now been mentioned in "National Review".


I refuse to hyperlink.

It pains me to agree with Jonah Goldberg on anything, but on this issue he is right.

Jay Livingston said...

If O'Reilly agreed with the protesters -- if, for example, they were protesting an abortion clniic -- do you think he'd still say that we don't have the right to Monday-morning-quarterback the police? Or would he be calling audibles?