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Red Sox Fan Murder By Police Underlines Sick Mentality
25 Oct 2004
... the close proximity strongly suggests that the projectile was not just randomly fired into a crowd, but that this was in fact a targeted hit of which Snelgrove, who even the police admit was an innocent bystander, was the victim.
Red Sox Fan Death Underlines Distorted Mentality of Both Police and Public


October 24 2004


The tragic and unnecessary death of Victoria Snelgrove did not just provide us with another example of horrific police brutality, it emphasized a cultural shift in attitudes towards violence and reality in general.

Snelgrove was struck in the left eye by a projectile containing pepper spray that was fired by police amid 'riots' in the aftermath of the Red Sox' win over the Yankees on Thursday night.

The only source telling us there were out of control riots were the police themselves. A Reuters/AP photo wire search indicates the opposite, a few idiots throwing Molotov cocktails in one small area and a 'fire' which is no larger and no more dangerous than a box of matches.

This was the 'fire' that police were struggling to keep people away from. Hardly of Reichstag proportions is it? The only other photo on the AP/Reuters wire when 'red sox riots' is used as the search parameter shows one individual throwing a smoke bomb.

It's patently clear that tall tales of 'riots' were a ruse to try and justify wildly out of control police brutality.

Another caveat to Snelgrove's death was that the Boston Herald had to publicly apologize for carrying a photo of her body as she lay dying on the sidewalk.

This was the 'fire' that police were struggling to keep people away from. Hardly of Reichstag proportions is it? The only other photo on the AP/Reuters wire when 'red sox riots' is used as the search parameter shows one individual throwing a smoke bomb.

It's patently clear that tall tales of 'riots' were a ruse to try and justify wildly out of control police brutality.

Another caveat to Snelgrove's death was that the Boston Herald had to publicly apologize for carrying a photo of her body as she lay dying on the sidewalk.

The paper stated, "The Herald today published two graphic photos that angered and upset many in our community. For that, I apologize," Herald Media Inc. Editorial Director Kenneth A. Chandler said in a statement to be published in the paper's Saturday editions. "Our aim was to demonstrate this terrible tragedy as comprehensively as possible. In retrospect, the images of this unusually ugly incident were too graphic."

Take a moment to think about this. Culture in general is more decadent than ever. The general public's blood lust for violence and gore is at record levels and Hollywood is eagerly feeding the addiction. Every new movie tends to trump the last in terms of bloodshed and butchery. Kill Bill, Dawn of the Dead, and Alien vs. Predator are just three recent examples.

In contrast, the public's tolerance for graphic images of real violence is in fact decreasing.

So why are the public hungry for fantasy violence but more afraid than ever to see the real consequences of brutality?

Thirty years ago photos and film footage of crime scenes, murders and the impact of warfare were commonplace in newspapers and on television. Humanity was strong enough to witness the effect of savagery and thus able to embrace and enact moral codes of behaviour and political action to decrease the likelihood of such incidents happening in future.

In today's climate, people in general are so cowardly that they actively shun real-world images of violence, while lusting for fantasy violence, because it reinforces a truth that sits uncomfortably with them. The authorities are not here to 'protect' us, they are here to attack and enslave us. This has been the norm throughout history and there is no reason to believe it isn't happening today.

The denial mechanism kicks in. They don't want to see the photos because it conflicts with their God-given voice of conscience which tells them that this is wrong and they should do something about it.

To avoid that conflict, the individual reverts back to a vulnerable childlike mentality, where the State is the parent and the State can do no wrong. If they can't see it then it doesn't exist. Denial mechanism activated.

Look at this photograph. The Associated Press describe it as being taken at the same time that Victoria Snelgrove lay dying on the sidewalk. The police officer aiming the weapon is clearly no more than 10-15 feet away from the crowd of people. Firing projectiles euphemistically described as 'non-lethal' from this close range is guaranteed to cause serious injury and likely death.

Police manuals state clearly that such weapons should in no circumstance be fired at this range because at this close proximity you might as well be firing off a round from a 9 millimeter.

Furthermore, the close proximity strongly suggests that the projectile was not just randomly fired into a crowd, but that this was in fact a targeted hit of which Snelgrove, who even the police admit was an innocent bystander, was the victim.

What kind of mentality does it take to shoot an innocent 21-year-old woman in the eye from close range? What has happened to police training over the last decade? Clearly we are the enemy, and the justification has been given to treat us like cattle.

The death of Victoria Snelgrove closes the case on the argument of so-called non-lethal weapons. Their development and media promotion has almost exclusively been geared towards crowd control. This betrays the fact that the government expect there to be more protests and more riots in the coming years. While our right to own a gun in self-defense is questioned at every turn, the government is arming to the teeth in preparation for larger confrontations in the future.

Why is this?

Do they have something planned so horrible that sound wave and microwave weapons will have to be deployed to disperse people from an area and herd them somewhere else?

To the 'rest and relocation center'?

To the paddy wagon?

To the camp?

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25 October 2004
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24 October 2004
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I don't believe it was a targeted hit.
25 Oct 2004
There is no evidence to support that conclusion. There would have been a presumption that there would be some kind of pretense for police action and that it would just happen to be around the target. More than likely, the cop that shot her shot randomly into the crowd, with all of the disregard for human life expected of a murderer, but to conclude that it was "targeted" is absurd.
Re: Red Sox Fan Murder By Police Underlines Sick Mentality
25 Oct 2004
This is a rediculous assertion that damages any chance of a positive outcome concerning the issue of "less-than-lethal" weaponry. It is irresponsible and short-sighted to blame a "police mentality" without any stitch of evidence. Yes police can be brutal, but they are also told that these weapons do not kill, a falsehood. If they were told that these were in fact, lethal weapons, and that they could face inquiry for using them, they would be less likely to use them for things like crowd control.
Re: Red Sox Fan Murder By Police Underlines Sick Mentality
26 Oct 2004
@,
Witnesses say the officer lost his temper and shot into the crowd. Willful endagerment with potentially deadly force in a fit of anger meets the definition of second degree murder. I am not sure if that qualifies as "targeted" or not, but it is murder all the same. The pig should do serious prison time.

Pete,
How do you explain when police murder people with guns? Granted, they prefer to kill when less people are watching and no news cameras are around...

And then their colleages cover for them. Not all police are killers, but all police are responsible for allowing police to get away with police brutality. Even a federal Judge admitted that it is well known that police routinely purjor themselves. You know, the code of Blue?

There have been several killings by police in the Boson area recently... I am still waiting for one of those police who killed to go jail, or at the very least be fired...

Police who have checks on their power are forced to operate with restraint. What check do we have? Even with solid video evidence as in the case of Rodney King, the cops will almost always go free.

Just something to think about: white people as a whole are lot more willing to subscribe to the "bad apple" theory. People of Color are a lot more skeptical of systemic abuse in policing... I wonder why this could be?

If you want "evidence" of the pattern of police in the US being used as a mechanism for political repression and thepolice buildup and surveillance during protests over the last few years isn't convincing enough to you, read _The Cointelpro papers_ by Ward Churchill and _Blood in My Eye_ by George Jackson to get yourself started...

Pete, stop policing boston indymedia and just do your own thing. Liberals are so tedious.
Everybody fears the Police only some fear criminals.
26 Oct 2004
Two choices the Boston Police with all their very expensive profesional training are horrible shots and fire randomly into peacefull crowds or they are excellent shots and first degree murderers that are above the law.

Maybe officer murderer was tired and distracted from all his double billing on police payoffs ooops I mean police detail work.

Even the most demented criminals in Boston would not have fired a weapon randomly or targeted into a peacefull crowd, nope it takes a COP to do that.
Police ARE Getting Away With Murder! Everywhere!
26 Oct 2004
Every state, in the United States, the police have murdered innocent people. When the hell are WE going to stand up? Enough is enough! Forget waiting for justice. It's not going to happen. Even if it does? Usually, the cop or cops involved get probation or some minor sentence. These clowns want the death penalty for murderers? Give it to the police involved. THAT will stop this insanity!
Red Sox Fan Murder By Police Underlines Sick Mentality
26 Oct 2004
a 21 year old girl/woman peacefully standing in a large crowd has the right not to be shot in the head and killed by those sworn to "protect and serve".

seems these cops only protect and serve themselves.