Well. They’re covering their faces, wearing black, running around and acting menacing–why, it’s just like the Tea Part folks!
This video is being treated as legit by HuffPo. I don’t know:
Okay, did some checking. Tommy Christopher says it’s real:
While convinced that the video is a fairly obvious hoax, we contacted the Pittsburgh police to see if anyone had reported the arrest. They referred us to the G20 Joint Information Center, which gave us this stunning statement:
The individuals involved in the 9/24/09 arrest, which has appeared online, are law enforcement officers from a multi-agency tactical response team… It is not unusual for tactical team members to wear camouflage fatigues. The type of fatigues the officers wear designates their unit affiliation.
Prior to the arrest, the officers observed the subject vandalizing a local business. Due to the hostile nature of the crowd, officer safety, and for the safety of the person under arrest, the subject was immediately removed from the area.
Another G20 spokesperson confirmed for me that the man is in police custody, and that the officers are not affiliated with the military in any way.
Well. A couple thoughts, in that case.
One, don’t be a vandal.
Two, don’t be a vandal during a riot on American soil.
Three, I thought it was fake because they didn’t immediately cuff him–not that the officers in question looked particularly vulnerable considering the dude was a pipsqueak, but still…he could be armed or take their arms.
Four, it is discomforting seeing an American citizen whisked away like that by guys not in police uniforms.
Five, don’t be a rioting jerk, you indulged, spoiled American “youth” punk. This ain’t England. Or France.