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Occupy Wall Street: Police Violence Reveals a Corrupt System
The notion that law enforcement is there to protect a wealthy elite from  the rest of the population is not news to those protesters from  deprived and ethnic minority backgrounds, many of whom have been subject  to intimidation in their communities for years, but for those from more  privileged backgrounds, the first spurt of pepper spray to the face is  an important education in the nature of the relationship between state  and citizen in the west. “Who do you guys work for?” Shouts one  Manhattan protester, as police load arrestees into a van. “You work for  JP Morgan Bank!”
Fighting the police can focus the energy of a movement – but it can also  drain that energy. In Britain, a year of arrests and vicious crackdowns  have left anti-cuts protesters debilitated and depleted, and the  challenge for the American movement will be to remember its purpose in  the face of police brutality. “That’s the whole point of violent  resistance,” says Sheneberger. “It exposes the corruption of the power  that’s resisting you.”

Occupy Wall Street: Police Violence Reveals a Corrupt System

The notion that law enforcement is there to protect a wealthy elite from the rest of the population is not news to those protesters from deprived and ethnic minority backgrounds, many of whom have been subject to intimidation in their communities for years, but for those from more privileged backgrounds, the first spurt of pepper spray to the face is an important education in the nature of the relationship between state and citizen in the west. “Who do you guys work for?” Shouts one Manhattan protester, as police load arrestees into a van. “You work for JP Morgan Bank!”

Fighting the police can focus the energy of a movement – but it can also drain that energy. In Britain, a year of arrests and vicious crackdowns have left anti-cuts protesters debilitated and depleted, and the challenge for the American movement will be to remember its purpose in the face of police brutality. “That’s the whole point of violent resistance,” says Sheneberger. “It exposes the corruption of the power that’s resisting you.”

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