Letters to the Editor

By PW Readers
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Of Two Minds

Regarding Tara Murtha’s recent column about conflicting accounts of Occupy Philly’s eviction night:

There were 1,000 cameras and 2,000 video cameras that night and not one image of police brutality. The Occupiers are losing their credibility. Here’s another truth: From day one the WHOLE GOAL was to have a confrontation upon eviction. Police Commissioner Ramsey, who apparently had experience from his days in Washington, D.C. literally and symbolically outflanked the leaderless, aimless and clueless.

TANKSLEYD, via philadelphiaweekly.com

6ABC has video of the horse up on the sidewalk after rushing the crowd. The horse was already out of control after the officer had pushed it to go onto the sidewalk ahead of the other officers and horses. The other horses remained on the street while this one officer lost control and his horse charged the sidewalk. I think PW needs to clarify what they consider police brutality. Michael Alan Goldberg (and I hate the stuck-up tone this reporter has had throughout his coverage of Occupy Philly) is quoted in this article as saying: “I saw a couple people grabbed by cops and swung around by their clothes, a couple others tackled.” That sounds somewhat excessive to me, and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Yes, no one was shot. No one was pepper sprayed. But there definitely was some excessive force amiss on the streets of Philadelphia. The first indication of that is that there were a reported 500 police officers compared to about 100 to 150 nonviolent but rowdy protestors.

ANONYMOUS, via philadelphiaweekly.com

I was there to bear witness, not as an Occupier or as a member of the media, and I witnessed no acts of brutality. I stood beside Ramsey at numerous points in the night, watched everyone get put on the buses, chased police and protesters around, and I saw nothing of the sort. I certainly sympathize with the global movement, to a large extent, and this is wiping away what sympathy I have left for this local chapter.

THE CLASSY TAXI, via philadelphiaweekly.com

This was not a movement. It was a bunch of losers who did little more than shout out a couple of slogans and piss in public. They were looking for an altercation so they could justify their pathetic existence. When that didn’t happen, what do they do? They lie and say they were the victims of brutality. This is the end for these whining bitches, and they know it.

ANONYMOUS, via philadelphiaweekly.com

Good Old Boy

Regarding Matt Prigge’s review of Tomboy, a film about early sexuality:

I think it’s a tragic shame that society brands “the budding sexuality of the very young” as a moral issue, rather than a normal human coming-of-age event. Guess what folks? We become sexual beings long before the magical, arbitrary line in the sand of age 18. And society ignores this fact at the peril of the very people (yes, children are people too) it imagines it is protecting.

JENJI, via philadelphiaweekly.com

Sound It Out

Regarding Elliott Sharp’s review of Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew:

I’d love the idea of having a meet-up at a cafe somewhere in town and feature a listening session of a “difficult” album. Everyone bring an offer, and play one each night.

MITCH, via philadelphiaweekly.com

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