I have a whole lot of video I will be posting at some point. It may take a bit to go through as I pretty much hit the record button and recorded everything.
Something that I would say to anyone is that if you want to know what is really going on, then it is best you go to the event and see it first hand instead of trusting the media to give you the whole story.
I am bad at remembering names. I can remember people, but names…ugh. So I don’t really have any names to put to the people I talked too.
I do have my bias, well, I guess more expectations of different groups, but my interest in wanting to know what exactly was going on tends to get me to go into groups of people who I may believe I disagree with.
I will say I was somewhat surprised when I talked to the organizers of the rally. They seemed to me to pretty much be in agreement with what I believe and even pretty much in agreement with the people who were there to support the police.
It wasn’t that they were against the police, they are more against the breakdown of the system of justice and are seeking to make sure that justice happens.
I would say it was a protest for justice for the shooting, and not an anti-police or anti-police brutality protest. Though there definitely were a few radicals out there.
One of the things I did, I asked a few people what is meant by justice. One guy, who was holding a sign, seemed to give me more of a definition of revenge. An eye for an eye regardless of whether what happened was criminal.
I don’t know if it is proper for a journalist, I just had to inform those that I did ask about justice about what the dictionary definition was because I am worried that justice is being confused with revenge or vengeance.
Justice means that due process happens, it could mean the officers that committed the act are found guilty or not guilty of a crime. It could also mean that what the officers did on the scene was justice served.
None of the mainstream media that was there seemed concerned about what the people see justice as being. Though I guess my reasoning for being there was radically different from their reason for being there.
I asked one of the event organizers about justice as well as one of the individuals who said he actually witnessed what happened, and I do believe they understand what the definition of justice is while also understanding that what may be legal doesn’t necessarily mean moral. Meaning that justice may be served, but it may not be the moral right that comes out of it.
One of the things I do, I record other journalists interviewing people. Perhaps to protect the person being interviewed and also to point out the lack of information they are gathering. One of the things I learned, or perhaps more figured out, was that when being interviewed by mainstream media, it is a good idea to answer the question they didn’t ask. Most of the mainstream news is more interested in what is entertaining than what is informative.
It was interesting, when I was over with the support the police group, a woman came up and “booed” and said she didn’t support the police officers. It bothered me a bit. To me, it wasn’t exactly clear what she was saying, so I found her again and asked if she didn’t like the officers who committed the act or if she was saying she doesn’t like the police at all, and she informed me that she was against all of the police officers.
I should have video of that interaction. It bothered me that an individual would condemn the entire police force due to the actions of a few.
There were people coming from long distances too. I could hardly get myself to drive to Pasco from Richland and there was at least one guy who said he came from Arizona.
I also ran into a few individuals who considered themselves anarchists. They didn’t want to tell me where they were from. When they asked if i was recording, I said I was. They then proceeded to inform me of the rules of proper etiquette for recording people. Who knew that there were rules in anarchy…
I sorta watched the media posts flying down my Facebook page after I left the event. It is interesting how it is an almost completely different narrative in the media than it is at the actual event. They seemed to hold out some bait to keep people clicking because I am sure there are many people watching to see if the protest goes from peaceful to violent.
I do believe the use of the term peaceful was used a bit much with the speakers at the rally. I don’t believe the real narrative showed much chance of any violence, though there were the few radicals and the people coming from outside of the tri-cities put in some unknowns. The police and city worked with the organizers to help make sure the event went well.
I was unable to stay for the march, though the constant reports from the media saying that the rally was still peaceful seems to suggest the march went just fine.