By Mike Chek / Special to the OB Rag
During yesterday’s pepper-spraying and roughing-up of Occupy San Diego demonstrators by San Diego Police, one officer stood out in his duties. Officer “Blondie” (we don’t know his true identify) clearly was The Hammer as officers cleared out tents at the Civic Center Plaza.
The SDPD had ordered all tents to be removed from the Plaza and at 8 am Friday, October 14th, dozens of officers had arrived to enforce that order. And through some minor jostling of non-violent demonstrators who had circled the half dozen tents, the officers did remove the tents.
But as soon as they had done so, two more tents appeared. Police backed off temporarily. They returned around 1pm and that’s when the pepper-spraying and rough-housing began. Several protesters were sprayed and several had their throats grabbed. Other were turned upside down and tossed aside.
But one officer stood out – Blondie – he had the pepper-spray canister and was using it to spray directly into people’s faces – which is not unusual, but ol’ Blondie used a special tact. He would come from behind the person, and without warning, reach around them with the canister and do his thing. Then usually there would be a shriek and the person would crumple to the ground, yelling and squirming in pain.
Now, I don’t think Officer Blondie is a rogue cop. Oh no, he was doing his spraying right alongside
Lt. Capt. Mark Jones of the SDPD as they both formed part of a skirmish line that waded into the circles of peaceful but resisting Occupiers.
So, Officer Blondie, please step forward and receive your well-earned prize – you did your job, buddy!
You are no longer a member of the 99 Per Cent.
So, in the future, my sisters and brothers of the Occupy movement, be sure to be on the lookout for ol’ Officer Blondie.
Mike Chek is a very popular speaker at General Assemblies – everyone is always calling his name.
Editor: You can see more of Officer Blondie in the video on our HomePage.