Thingish Things

DC Metro Gets It Right

Written By: William F. B. O'Reilly - Nov• 08•11


DC Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier

Washington Metro Police is changing tactics in how it will handle the Occupy DC movement after last Friday night’s debacle at the Convention Center, The Washington Times today reports.  Thank God.

DC Metro’s performance Friday was, as one security expert on the ground put it, “one of the worst police security breaches [he] has ever seen.”

The Washington Times writes:

Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said Monday that her department is adjusting its tactics in response to Occupy D.C.’s “increasingly confrontational and violent” demonstrations, following the actions of other U.S. cities looking to evict  — or at least crack down  — on what officials are characterizing as unruly protesters.

The chief’s tough talk changed the tone of what had been about a month of congenial relations between protesters and authorities. It came after a Friday night incident in which several people attending a downtown event where the protesters were demonstrating were hurt.

“Five people that we are aware of were injured,” Chief Lanier said in a statement issued Monday. “That is no longer a peaceful protest.”

Damned straight.

Chief Lanier should be commended for reversing course and adjusting tactics. It takes a true professional to admit error. 


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