OK, we get it. Seattle Police Officer Ian Birk's unjustified shooting of John T. Williams was way fucked up. And it sucks that the law prevents Officer Ian Birk from being convicted for the shooting. In fact, SPD does a lot of dumb crap. But why people think it's cool to dress in black and throw paint all over buildings and smash ordinary people's cars is unfathomable.
Last week we established that the roving hordes of black bloc anarchists who love to hijack meaningful rallies and turn them stupid are horrible for spitting on our news photographer.
That was a personal low blow, but one we don't expect everyone to share our level of outrage over.
But the misguided antics of this weekend, which apparently included throwing rocks, making "paint bombs" with light bulbs, tagging the street and walls along Broadway with "Fuck the Pigs" graffiti, and laying down a homemade tire-popping spike-strip on the street, trumps the earlier loogie-hawking.
The warring with the cops is somewhat understandable. As you say: "Fuck the Pigs." But I'm pretty sure that doesn't mean "Fuck the People."
Some folks don't have all day to go shopping for ninja gear and fill light bulbs with paint--they have jobs. And a lot of those same people use the cars you smashed up to drive to those jobs.
And the walls you tagged up belong to someone too--that person is having a righteously crappy day now that they have to paint them over or pay someone else to.
You guys want to be big, bad radicals? Do a sit-in outside the police station. March outside city hall. Hell, go on a hunger strike until Chief John Diaz resigns.
But all this random vandalism against everyday folks just makes you look like assholes and cheapens what never needed your help in being a rally-worthy cause anyway.