Madonna played the first of three sold out Confessions Tour concerts in Inglewood, California. (May 21)
n: "So-called "tough guy policing" is paradoxical, Edwards said, because hostile treatment of protesters creates and escalates the very behavior the police are trying to suppress." I am sure the "journalist" would then also agree that so called "protesters" who throw bottles, bricks, etc and loot is also paradoxical. Hostile treatment of police by necessity in order to protect those who serve creates and escalates the very behaviour the "protesters" are trying to suppress. If people would comply with the rule of law and not commit crimes (yes, Floyd was committing a crime) and not resist arrest (yes, Floyd was committing a crime), there would be no need for police suppression. However, when people behave badly, I for one am glad that the police are there to protect the rest of us law abiding citizens from the likes of the violent "protesters" who were looting, shooting, throwing projectiles, etc. Police cannot be expected to stand in harm's way and not respond to crowd violence and criminality. These were NOT peaceful protests...therefore, it is no surprise that the police had to use force in return. I support the rule of law and the officers who have had to face these violent "protesters" while fearing for their jobs and freedom if they dare to defend themselves from the attacks. If people would quit committing crimes and quit resisting when caught, I am sure we could all agree that there is no need for police to use force...until then, the police must do what is necessary to maintain law and order and protect themselves.