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Old 01-10-2015, 11:22 AM
MaxTheVool is online now
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Originally Posted by slumtrimpet View Post
Interesting indeed. Two things set my detector off; Fox and Maricopa County Sheriff's office. And sure enough, propaganda. Found that at the top of the comments.
I think it's a misuse of the term to say that the video itself is propaganda. If someone trumpets it as somehow proving some huge point or settling the issue or being the be-all answer to all questions about Ferguson and Garner and so forth, then it would be being USED as propaganda. But as it is, it's just what it seems to be. A guy who had been stridently anti-police (in the context of these encounters) got a very brief experience of what it's like to be a cop in a difficult encounter, and found it eye-opening. Doesn't mean he reversed his basic position on the issue. Doesn't mean he started marching for the other side.

And saying "people should comply with the police (implied: when the police have guns trained on them)" for their own safety is hardly a radical or controversial suggestion (barring crazy hypotheticals involving clearly corrupt cops ordering you to do illegal or dangerous things).