At UC Davis, there were no winners, only losers.
The rest were advised to please continue to protest, over there on the sidewalk … and what happened next was the most absolutely brilliant piece of crowd control policing I have heard of in my entire lifetime.
All of the cops who weren’t busy transporting and processing the voluntary arrestees lined up, blocking the stairs down into the plaza. They stood shoulder to shoulder. They kept calm and silent. They positioned the weapons on their belts out of sight. They crossed their hands low in front of them, in exactly the least provocative posture known to man. And they peacefully, silently, respectfully occupied the plaza, using exactly the same non-violent resistance techniques that the protesters themselves had been trained in.
As Radley says
Instead of brute force, cunning and creativity. Low and behold, it worked. The Occupy encampment is gone. No one was sprayed or beaten. No horrifying photos or cell phone videos. No public funds spent defending lawsuits. No public relations nightmare. If it has to be done, this is how you do it.
Of course, some of his commenters are outraged anyway – must be their only emotion – that The Man dared to keep the proletariat down like that, even if it was done nicely.
I hope this story is legitimate and that somewhere, there’s a police chief who’s starting to see the light. Us v. Them is not conducive to society.