Let me make this abundantly clear: I have an immense respect for law and order, and those who are charged with protecting the public. I shed no tears when police tear-gas and bludgeon truly violent punks who wield Molotov cocktails, smash storefront windows, and turn over cars. With this being said, what transpired here on Halloween was unacceptable. Pepper-spraying crowds without warning was a poor decision. Rather than defending themselves, the WPD needs to step up, admit they made a mistake, and guess what? Most good-willed people will accept the apology and move on. Furthermore, the fact that individuals who weren't even part of the crowd were sprayed is very indiscriminate.
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