KCBS Radio has reported that there was a fatal shooting near the Occupy Oakland encampment tonight over a marijuana dispute. I can already hear the Right Wing noise machine cheering for its good fortune. They will tell you that it was related to the protests. They will tell you that the protesters are dangerous. They will tell you that the camps are breeding grounds for drug use and rape and should be disbanded. They will tell you that it’s in the interest of public safety that the police need to crackdown on these lawless savages.
Don’t be an idiot. They’re lying to you.
According to this logic, ANY crime committed nearby is the fault of an Occupy protest. Did someone shoplift a soda? Occupy did it. Did someone spit gum on the ground? Occupy did it. A car blew a red light? Those damn hippies did it!
Are there bad people hiding in the crowds at the protests? Almost definitely. Are people dealing drugs in some locations? Yeah, probably.
So what? I could say the exact same thing about any concert or sporting event. Do you think nobody buys some weed at a Ted Nugent concert? Do you HONESTLY believe that no one has ever been mugged at a football game? Should we send in the police in riot gear every time the lights go out in a movie theater?
Add to this the fact that, as far as the OAKLAND police are concerned (you know, the ones that have taken ANY excuse to launch tear gas at the protesters or shoot a guy with a camera in one hand and a protest sign in the other with a bean bag) the murder was unrelated to the protests and just happened to be nearby. If the cops that keep putting protesters in the hospital say they don’t have any reason to believe there is a link then there sure as hell won’t be any reason for anyone else to draw that conclusion.
But they will. Oh, how they will!
As the frothing outrage from the Right builds, casually point out to anybody that supports them, that if blame can be assigned simply from being near a crime, Fox News is guilty of all the various muggings, traffic accidents, robberies and rapes that have taken place within a few blocks of their headquarters in Manhattan and we really should send in the SWAT team to clean up that nest of violent criminals.