Protesters Chant "Fuck the Police" in Solidarity with Ferguson, Missouri (Video)
It is a true irony that at a time of historically low violent-crime rates in America, so many Americans are critical of police nationally.
According to a recent Pew Research Center/USA Today poll, Americans by a 2-to-1 margin say cops across the country "don't do a good job in holding officers accountable for misconduct, treating racial groups equally, and using the right amount of force."
Dennis Gilman's video of last week's demonstration
The numbers vary when folks are asked about local police forces. And the racial and political party divides shake out as you would expect, with minorities and Democrats expressing far more disapproval of police performance.
Still, in the wake of the overreaction of cops in Ferguson, Missouri, "Officer Friendly" is more or less seen these days as "Officer Shoot First, Ask Questions Later."
New Times contributor Troy Farah's video of the same march
As longtime Phoenix activist Fronzo West, aka "The Fonz," likes to ask, "How do you call the cops on the cops?"
It's a perennial problem, one that the Fonz has been exposing for years just by pointing his video camera at police, and by driving around town in a van painted with the slogan "Fuck the Police." (See "Fonz Flop," April 2008.)
I've seen cops overreact to the Fonz, who is, despite his love of a certain Anglo-Saxon invective, a true gentleman and of no threat to anyone.
I've also seen them overreact with Phoenix videographer Dennis Gilman, who was at last Saturday's solidarity-with-Ferguson demonstration and scored some cool footage of the demonstrators and some of the speakers.
I particularly like the part where the demonstrators lay siege to the Channel 12 studio, with its window facing the street.
Hey, where's Brahm Resnik when you need him? Or that anchor dude with the caterpillar mustache?