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WOW! I heard on the ABC (American Broadcast Company) news that the police vehicle whose occupants shot the kid drove over him when they escaped. That smacks to me of those felons on the loose in Texas last December who shot a cop then ran him over when they escaped.
I've noticed that street protests in Europe invariably get nasty. Whether it's the Catholics or Protestants in Northern Ireland, Asians and Brits in Oldham, the 17 November group in Greece, or anti-globalization protestors in Gothenburg, I always see things on fire. Usually that doesn't happen in the US. People just steal stuff. In the US we've only had a couple of bad riots in the last few years, in Cincinatti and Seattle, and a couple of other disturbances involving sports teams and drunken college boys.
Are European cops more violent? Very few of the ones I saw on my last trip there - in Amsterdam, Paris, and Barcelona- actually carried pistols. On the other hand, at the security question time at AMS a few years ago, there was a scary looking Dutch guy with an MP-5 backing up the questioner. It's kinda weird where you see almost no guns then machine guns.
But European protestors seem pretty hard core. Where American protestors would be just overturning cars, Europeans are flinging Molotov cocktails. I mean, God, the police there need water cannons. I've only heard of water cannons being used in the US once, at Birmingham, AL against Martin Luther King's people.
So what is it? Nasty cops or nasty protestors?