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May 3, 2013

Seattle May Day Riot Commandos: What Looks Different

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Looking through the photos from the Seattle May Day confrontation with police following the peaceful daytime marches, two things stood out to us. First, what Richard Reid did for the sneaker, it looks like the Tsarnaev brothers have done for the backpack.

“Beware backpacks! especially if you happen to belong to young foreign-looking men!”

Flash bang seattle

Second, paramilitary police continue to up the ante when it comes to offensive weaponry, what with the employment in Seattle of pepper spray and and “flash bangs” or concussion grenades. It wasn’t that long ago that police would challenge the allegation they used pepper spray on citizenry being so furtive as to try and secrete the canisters from the cameras.

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As a legacy of the Occupy movement, no doubt (1, 23), all that has changed now. This photo not only shows the now standard crowd control tool in a screaming red can but it practically looks like an extension of the robo-biker’s arm.

images via photo gallery at Seattle Times

  • Scarabus

    Should we be expecting a new action toy? “Raise the arm, guys, and watch the noxious liquid spray your friends in the face!”

  • Scarabus

    I montaged the action figure.

    • Michael Shaw

      Reprising the pepper spray meme.

  • black_dog_barking

    It’s hardly possible to be more caucasian than les frères Tsarnaev but since we leave that part of the story unremarked it becomes completely plausible to conflate an act of “terror”, a backpack bomb, and the American public image of “terrorist”, a generic middle eastern male.

    If we were more rational in our security theater we might give extra scrutiny to backpacks at major sporting events (Boston marathon, summer Olympics in Atlanta) and males in mountainous areas close to Georgia — either one to dredge a pun from the Beatles. But hey, Saddam Hussein was a bad man.

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