Originally Posted by Skippymjp
The whole thing would probably already be halfway to "blown over" by now if it had not been several reporters and camera crew getting thwacked as well. The cable news channels, especially the ones that had camera crews there, are refusing to let it die. Heck, they won't even let it rest a minute. They are working this story harder than Annie Nicole and Aruba Natalie put together.
The news crews that got into the middle of this were from Spanish TV channels, and they were PRO the crowd to begin with. I'm not saying what the Police did was right, but crowd did incite the incident and the Police over reacted. Some of the marchers started moving out onto the street, when it was supposed to remain in the park. The Police tried to get them to go back into the park and off of the street, at which point a bunch of marchers started forming a solid line, and began to march toward the Police. That is when things got out of hand. The marchers started throwing things, rocks, cans, whatever at the Police, and the Police started firing rubber bullets. Then the Police started pitching any and everyone who was in their way. Yes, some cameramen and news reporters from one of the Spanish Speaking TV stations got shoved around in the mele as well. Yes, I do think the Police did over react, but I'm sure they felt threatened by the unruly crowd. Probably they could have just let the marchers do as they wished, and let them take over that area of the city. They could have let them vandalize the businesses in the area, and burn cars, and hurt innocent pedestrians in the area. But, that wouldn't have gone over very well with the media either. They were in a no win situation. They were out numbered by the crowd, and the crowd was getting crazy. It only takes a few bad apples to ruin it for the rest of them, and to incite a riot.
The TRUTH is, if the crowd had obeyed the rules, there would have been no riot.