Unhappy With Police Reaction

RECEIVED Mon., March 22, 2004

Dear Editor,
   I'm sure glad APD was on hand to protect me from the SXSW Music Festival. Ozomatli, a Grammy Award-winning group, had ended their set at the nightclub Exodus and started winding through the crowd playing horns and drums. These "hoods" from Los Angeles, a city noted for rioting, led a happy, jubilant crowd out of the club and onto a barricaded Sixth Street. It must have been the keen and savvy of our officers to see this "Trojan horse," a happy conga line, and recognize the potential civil threat.
   The band was ordered to stop, they complied and were returning back inside when one band member was pulled back and pinned by our officers. When a bandmate asked the officer to stop, he too was apprehended and arrested. This second action now had enticed the band's unsuspecting manager into the age-old "civil interference" trap. She then was taken for a ride to the "pokey" as well. Our razor-sharp guardians then turned on the crowd and dispersed the once happy revelers, dancers, and citizens with pepper spray. Way to go douche bags!
   I would like to offer some possible future opportunities to help APD completely destroy this city's reputation and revenue potential. First, I suggest on "mile four" of the Capitol 10,000, we permit the officers to dress in riot gear and randomly batter the "crazed and intoxicated" runners who menace our streets for this annual event. In addition, let's harass the pernicious "drum circle" of Eeyore's birthday. This rite of spring is a foul blemish and rightfully deserves the fire hoses. Our eclectic city offers a generous amount of training potential, and we desperately need our "boys in blue" to hone their skills before the Austin City Limits Music Festival arrives. Who knows? With proper training, maybe our well-oiled buffoonery will have the ability to Taser Willie Nelson next.
Phil Oliver
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