I work in Washington and am conservative as anyone, but the D.C. police really messed this one up folks. Note that some of the people arrested were BYSTANDERS who happened to be passing the park - in some cases just walking to work - and were rounded up and arrested, without warning, opportunity to leave the scene, etc. That's about as pure a civil rights violation as you're going to find.
As conservative as anyone? Boy I understand your point now, really definitive proof. The bystanders were also As Conservative as Anyone....whenever I walk to work I too like to get as close as possible to smelly, loud, anarchist, I just can never resist the temptation....
I'm not sure I'd put it in the civil rights category. The police screwed up...royally. So punish the police. But why pay anyone $50K?
I'm just saying let's not make the cops' job impossible. Imagine they HAD given orders to disburse. And the guy coming home from the CVS wasn't in the park to hear the order. Then he crosses the park and gets caught up in the arrests. It could easily happen. Would he deserve $50K?
It's the money I resent as well as the fact that we keep making it harder and harder for the cops to do their job.