If the support for the Black Lives Matter movement is anything to go by, it seems that anti-police sentiment is pretty popular among the jaded individuals that pollute social media. It seems to stem from the idea that the police are inherently corrupt and predisposed towards brutality, and this attitude can find itself provoked by instances of police brutality. But in the case of recent events that took place in Paris, where protesters attacked police officers who were holding demonstrations, I’ve got to call bullshit on the mentality.
From what I understand all the police were doing was staging demonstrations on the streets of Paris in order to protest what they felt was a prevailing hatred of the police, as well as protesting plans for labor law reform by the government. As far as I can tell, this was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration on the part of the police and I’m sure they were doing this legally. They were exercising the right to free assembly, the same right that civilians have. The protesters who attacked police officers and set police cars on fire were definitely committing an act of violence. Evidently people don’t like the idea of police officers exercising the right to demonstrate. Maybe they believe that activists and labor unions have an exclusive monopoly on that right.
What’s interesting is that the protesters appeared to view the police demonstration as a “provocation”. Really? Think about that for a second: that would basically mean the police officers are committing a crime simply by holding a peaceful demonstration! However you look at it, this is a cut and dry infringement on the right to freedom of assembly – something that the protesters evidently had no concern for. It’s also telling that they chant “everyone hates the police” and “police everywhere, justice nowhere”. On the former chant, really? Does everyone really hate the police? I think this may be coming from previous conflicts with the police over the past few months, but does everyone hate the police? And does that entirely justify their right to freedom of assembly via peaceful demonstration? On the latter chant, I know that probably also comes from previous tensions, but what kind of justice do they prefer if they’re attacking police officers simply for demonstrating? Kangaroo courts? Mob rule maybe?