August 31, 2004


Police brace for day of disobedience after ugly turn in protests that left detective injured (MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, 8/31/04, Associated Press)

Police are bracing for more confrontations with protesters after a violent march to Madison Square Garden in which a plainclothes detective was pushed from his scooter and pummeled by a protester, witnesses and authorities said.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly called it "a blatant, vicious attack" on detective William Sample, who was briefly knocked unconscious Monday and was hospitalized with head injuries that were not life-threatening. His assailant was being sought by police.

"People started tugging at his bike and pushing him around," said Rob Raney, a 22-year-old Ohio college student. "Finally they just pushed him off his bike."

Hundreds of police in riot gear and on horses swept in to disperse the crowd, shouting, "Move!" Less than a dozen arrests were made as protesters yelled back, "Whose streets? Our streets!"

Police were preparing for further unrest Tuesday as protesters promised to demonstrate wherever delegates and Republican Party heavyweights were celebrating and sightseeing.

Real and engaging people, eh? To our eternal shame as a nation we gave in to such street thuggery the last time John Kerry was a national figure--in the early 70's--we'll not do so again.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 31, 2004 6:15 PM

The majority of those who protested the Vietnam War did so peacefully and honorably. I ought to know something, as I was one of those who protested.

Posted by: Joel Thomas at August 31, 2004 6:54 PM

Well, at least you're not biased.

Posted by: Timothy at August 31, 2004 7:12 PM

But to the media of the day, Joel, you would have been as boring as covering a YAF rally. For much of the press -- escpeially television -- the squeaky wheel gets the grease, and the most outlandish protest gets the publicity. That's what was broadcast across the nation 35 years ago, which helped turm the most violent protestors into celebrities and led to New York's most infamous anti-war act gone wrong, the Wilkerson townhouse bombing of 1970 (the site of which was only four blocks away from the conclusion of Sunday's big anti-war march from MSG to Union Square).

Posted by: John at August 31, 2004 7:33 PM

There was no honor in turning the South over to the North.

Posted by: oj at August 31, 2004 7:38 PM

>There was no honor in turning the South over to
>the North.

Vietnam 1975 or America 1865?

Posted by: Ken at August 31, 2004 8:18 PM

Don't let the similarities between the South of 1860 and the North of 1960 confuse you.

Posted by: oj at August 31, 2004 8:24 PM