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Commentary :: Human Rights : Media
outrage in kenmore
24 Oct 2004
Early on Thurs. morning Victoria Snelgrove, a 21-year-old journalism student at Emerson College, was killed by Boston Police terrorists randomly firing pepper spray rounds and beanbags of lead shot from "Less-Than-Lethal" lethal Beanbag guns into crowds of people celebrating the Boston Red Sox victory over the New York Yankees.
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Just hours after that, after the police had murdered a college girl, damage control was under way. Some old bag of a police politician named Kathleen O'Toole held a press conference to diplomatically concede responsibility (no duh!) at the same time spouting lies and spin to the brainless, tame local media that echoed all over the Internet and across the globe.

It's sickening, watching the government/media propaganda process in action.

Every account of the murder on the Internet includes some version of Boston Police Commissioner Kathleen O'Toole's statement: "I also condemn in the harshest words possible the actions of the punks who turned our city's victory into an opportunity for violence and mindless destruction."

I don't know, but if I was the spokesperson for a police department which just murdered a 21 year old journalism student with brand new, untested, "Less-Than-Lethal," lethal pepperball guns, I wouldn't be holding press conferences denouncing anybody for anything. No, I'd be keeping my fat ugly mouth shut, that's what I'd be doing, if I was Kathleen O'Toole.

She's lying. She's spinning us to make us think this was just some unavoidable tragedy caused by a sports fan riot.

Lies! BS!

I was there, and her "punk riot" is completely untrue. Was Kathleen O'Toole there? I want to know, was Kathleen O'Toole in Kenmore Square after midnight on Thursday morning? Because I certainly was, and I didn't see any punks, any violence, or any mindless destruction, unless you count the violence perpetrated by the punks of the Boston Police Department.

What I saw was a large, spontaneous street party, a civic celebration which should have given no occasion for concern to anyone. I didn't see any of what the cops are claiming about fires being set or cars overturned. The worst I saw was a few college students standing on cars. Big deal, that's nothing worse than an infraction, like jaywalking or a parking ticket. Any violence, if there was any, and I didn't see anything like what they've been claiming, was provoked by the police.

The only incipient threat to public safety and order I was aware of in Kenmore on Thurs. morning were the cops who came determined to spoil the celebration, wreck the party, and assert their cheap authority over the public at the expense of spoiling a genuine outpouring of joy and civic pride in the great achievement of the Red Sox in rallying to win the pennant from three games down, an occasion certainly worthy of joyous celebration.

"The Boston Police Department is devastated by this tragedy. This terrible event should never have happened . . . The Boston Police Department accepts full responsibility for the death of Victoria Snelgrove," claims Commissioner O'Toole.

What does it mean to accept full responsibility for Victoria's death at a press conference the sole purpose of which is spin, damage control, and the deflection of blame for a young woman's death away from the riot cops who shot her in the head, onto the non-existent "punk" perpetrators of an entirely fictional "riot"?

Just as a matter of fairness, shouldn't Kathleen O'Toole be charged with leadership of a racketeering, corrupt, murderous organization? If there was any justice at all she would be conferencing with lawyers and plea bargaining with federal prosecutors right now, instead of holding smug press conferences. That's responsibility. Lies at a press conference to spin and manipulate your message in the media? That's just words. And given the tragic murder of Victoria Snelgrove, it's sick.

I read they bought these pepperball and beanbag guns for the DNC to use against direct action protesters. What does that tell you?

"Yeah, we didn't get to shoot any political dissidents at the DNC cuz most of them skipped Boston to protest Bush in New York, but the feds gave us all this cash to blow on this sweet riot control arsenal, and the cool uniforms with the jackboots and helmets, so we might as well test it out on Red Sox fans!"

What a great idea! Except you ended up killing a 21 year old college student!

Why did they do it? I want to know why? What would happen if people were allowed to celebrate in public without thousands of cops policing their every move? What's the worst case scenario? Why?? Why do the riot cops and their menacing tactics have to spoil every public event in America since . . . Come to think of it, since when did riot police become the norm on the streets of U.S. cities? I don't remember that it was always like this, having fascist storm troopers show up in force for every public occasion.

It's often said of the Red Sox that they play under a curse. If so, they're doubly cursed now. They finally win a pennant against a truly great New York Yankees team, and the city government sends in its riot barbarians to spoil the party, and they murder a fan. I wish the Sox had lost.

Boisterous public celebrations are surely reprehensible, but not as bad as . . . Oh I don't know, murdering a young journalism student.

Post script: Last night, Saturday night, was game one of the World Series and the Boston police put on a display worthy of any tinhorn Latin American dictatorship, right here in the Cradle of Liberty. I was walking home from work on Huntington Ave. right before the first inning and I saw a convoy of like seven police vans filled with troops, sirens blaring, labeled "Boston Police Special Tactical Response Unit," or some such overly grandiose cop label for a bunch of flatfoots in body armor. They were converging on Fenway. Being a cop, apparently, means never having to say you're sorry.

Around the 4th inning I walked down to Fenway myself, just to take in the scene, and I can safely report that the police seizure of the terrain around Fenway and Kenmore was successful and unopposed. Apparently the solution to the menace to public safety created by overwhelming police forces using military-style tactics against civilian crowds is even more massive police forces using military-style tactics against civilian crowds.

There wasn't a cop on every corner. There was several cops per square foot. By the time I got there they had settled down to keeping track of the score on their radios and standing around glaring at people. Nothing says fun quite like thousands of riot police, so I'll be staying as far away from Fenway as I can until this thing is over.

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ummm
25 Oct 2004
to be fair... cars got flipped and fires got set. i saw some of the aftermath, and there is ample photo and video evidence of it. also, will everyone please stop hatin on punx.
Re: outrage in kenmore
25 Oct 2004
If I came across a harmless "civic celebration" where a bunch of drunken, careless, testosterone-filled, 18-25yrold males were overturning my car and destructing my property I'd probably be start dishing out some "non-lethal force". That of course doesn't justify what the police did in anyway I'm more just commenting on your assertion that the 60-80 thousand people that came out to celebrate were just having a peaceful street party. The police action was totally ridiculous and unjustified as well as the "non-lethal weapons they irresponsibly deployed. Though you seem to suggest that even their presence was unjustified which I may take issue with. Not only would they have a duty to protect public and private property there is also the risk of violence and sexual assualt resulting from alcohol & testostorone-filled males engaging in lawless, primal, groupthink like in the situations at Puerto Rican Day Parade in NY a few years ago or at Woodstock '99. Nonetheless the spirit of your article I do agree with. It was the cops who killed that girl.
Um, Tim
25 Oct 2004
How does one justify shooting an innocent woman who is not rioting?

How can a cop ever justify firing randomly into a crowd of people?
Re: outrage in kenmore
25 Oct 2004
Police terrorists...??? Cut the bullsh*t !!!!
Re: outrage in kenmore
25 Oct 2004
the bottom line: holding a press conference to denounce punks after one of your officers accidentally killed an innocent bystander is wholly inappropriate, and stein is right on the money for taking miss o'toole to task.
To: "me"
25 Oct 2004
Using Bush's logic, the police must be the terrorists. After all, they hate us for our freedom.
Re: outrage in kenmore
25 Oct 2004
can we not use words like "old bag" and "fat" as insults? come on, you're not gonna get anywhere with attitudes like that. i don't care what you say in your posts, articles, whtever, but the sexism and fat-phobia have to go.
and also, a call to indymedia staff -- why don't you ever address this in posts?
Re: outrage in kenmore
25 Oct 2004
i'm sorry i called that fat old murderous propaganda spewing hag an old bag, and that i made disparaging comments about her fat mouth. thank you for calling me on that.
Re: outrage in kenmore
26 Oct 2004
I wouldn't use all the same words, but the details given and the sentiment expressed are absolutely what should be, and should have been, said.
Re: UM, Tim
26 Oct 2004
"How does one justify shooting an innocent woman who is not rioting?
How can a cop ever justify firing randomly into a crowd of people?"

Are you just engaging me philosophically with those questions or are you responding to my comment? If you're responding to my comment I suggest you read it again because apparently you missed the 3 times where I said there was no justification. In fact tmy 2nd sentence specifically states: "That of course doesn't justify what the police did in anyway" So where is the logical foundation for your questions? If I say "the ball is not blue." and you respond with the question "But how is the ball blue?" it would sound pretty ridiculous wouldnt it? It would sound just as ridiculous as your response to my comments.
Re: UM, Tim
26 Oct 2004
"How does one justify shooting an innocent woman who is not rioting?
How can a cop ever justify firing randomly into a crowd of people?"

Are you just engaging me philosophically with those questions or are you responding to my comment? If you're responding to my comment I suggest you read it again because apparently you missed the 3 times where I said there was no justification. In fact tmy 2nd sentence specifically states: "That of course doesn't justify what the police did in anyway" So where is the logical foundation for your questions? If I say "the ball is not blue." and you respond with the question "But how is the ball blue?" it would sound pretty ridiculous wouldnt it? It would sound just as ridiculous as your response to my comments.
Re: outrage in kenmore
13 Nov 2004
i think this site practices censorship with what's selected for headline articles. they only select arcticles that conform to hardline PC for features, even if the writing completely sucks. my articles get more reaction and comments than a lot of the headline articles, even though they aren't posted as features on the main page. who cares though? i also republish on sites that people actually read and that aren't burdened by the little totalitarian campus PC censors like "annoyed and offended." you actually think i care if i offended someone who thinks "fat-phobia" is something bad? hit the gym, lady. i got over 60 emails about this article when it was republised on the widely read libertarian site, lewrockwell.com. the link's here: http://www.lewrockwell.com/stein/stein17.html. from indymedia readers, i got exactly 2 emails. conclusion? i don't think there's very many people reading this site.