Police defend use of tear gas, smoke at protests

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  • Brio Alpine, UT
    Aug. 14, 2014 12:21 p.m.

    Considering how many in the crowd were acting, I agree with the police chief that the police officers were showing incredible retraint... more than I would probably show under those conditions, all things considered. They've had rocks and bottles thrown at them, been shot at and had two dozen patrol vehicles destroyed, per this article. Some in the crowd seem to be begging for a physical confrontation with police, just to see their names in the newspapers.

    Consider how many stores have been destroyed, vandalized, looted and robbed in the past few nights. It's ridiculous. Nothing good ever happens when chosen to be done in the middle of the night by people who need to run while doing what they are. Those looters knew they were committing felonies but continued doing so anyway.

    The police are and should be free to take whatever level of actions are necessary to control any particular crowd, depending on how unruly and destructive that particular crowd decides to become. Many wait and look for opportunities to have excuses to commit crimes. TV video proves it.