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Washington Post Illustrates Oakland Police Brutality With Cop Petting Kitty

Yeah that captures the scene just right!Faced with endless photographic documentation of the insane violence of 500 riot cops against a group of protesters in Oakland, the Washington Post editors proved they are good Kaplan 1% corporate lackeys and choose this picture of … a riot cop petting a kitten. Not just any kitten, though. According to the Washington Post, the shameful excuse for a newspaper in the nation’s capital, it’s a kitten that was cruelly left there by the evil protesters. Hooray for the cops! Protesters hate kittens.

And via Boots Riley, here’s what happens when the cops shoot tear gas canisters into crowds:

Chicano journalist Rubén Salazar was assassinated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department with a tear gas canister shot through his skull, back in 1970. He had been told by the cops that his coverage of the anti-war Chicano movement was too sympathetic, and he was killed at point blank range by a sheriff’s deputy who was never prosecuted. [Washington City Paper]

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  • tihond

    To be fair, the cop is actually administering a tiny bit of pepper spray to the cat's face.

    • Oblios_Cap

      I was wondering which one was the pussy?

  • Oblios_Cap

    That's taking one for the team, fellow. Ouch!

  • Barb

    What are the rubber gloves for? Does the cat have a prostate issue? "Turn your head and cough up a fur ball"

  • YouBetcha

    Pussies.

    • Bonzos_Bed_Time

      Cops like them, too!

  • SorosBot

    There's also the headline; since when does an out-of-control police force illegally, violently and unconstitutionally assaulting a bunch of peaceful protesters equals the "protesters wearing out their welcome"?

    • chicken_thief

      Well, a paper that would just assume that a stray cat belonged to the tear gassed hippies temporarily occupying some area instead of that it belonged to someone who lived/worked permanently in the area, would be equally capable of that type of (il)logic.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        Maybe it's just a stray, hanging out to scam some free chow from the occupiers.

        • SorosBot

          And hoping to score some catnip; but it turned out to just be pot.

          • BaldarTFlagass

            Didn't the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers live in the Bay Area?

    • Occupy V572

      It's not as if anyone is "welcome" to assemble in public spaces and seek redress of their grievances from the government. It's by invitation only, and unless you're on the Gold Mansacks payroll, you're not invited!

    • Numbat_Dundee

      That's the way I always get rid of dinner guests who hang around too long. I have a shotgun and teargas canisters ready in full view from early in the night. I put them in place just before I serve the canapes, as a warning to recalcitants.

    • lulzmonger

      Media Whores: this bullshit isn't going to shovel itself, you know!

  • Callyson

    JFC, even the getting – lamer – by – the – day Los Angeles Times posted the above video. Also this update: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/10/oak
    WaPo sucks.

    • Dudleydidwrong

      I drink to your comment: "WaPo sucks." Every time I am tempted to pick up a paper and read its slime, I decide to do something better. And drinking is better than reading the damn thing. Fuck 'em. Fuck 'em all.

  • Generation[redacted]

    Those dirty hippies left a kitten behind? Raise their taxes!

    • Dudleydidwrong

      Actually the cop was reaching to pick up the little kitten and selling him to the nearest Chinese carry-out.

  • Oblios_Cap

    I know the police are a necessary evil, but damn they are assholes a lot of the time.

    • dennis1943

      But do they necessarily have to BE evil?

  • littlebigdaddy

    I'm surprised the cop is being so gentle, since it is well-known that most cats are Maoists.

    • http://thethingsrepublicanshate.com/ Chillwaver

      He was gentle because -unlike Occupistas- cats are protected by Animal Cruelty laws.

    • Millennial Malaise

      The correct term is "Meowists."

  • chascates

    Not going to comment for fear some troll will advocate killing cats to enrage the #OWS.

  • OC_Surf_Serf_#OLA

    Asshole cop loves the pussy but hates the owner…

    • DaRooster

      Kinda like the GOP with Moms and Fetuses.

      • BaldarTFlagass

        Or closeted GOP politicians and their wives.

    • http://wonkette.com/ starfanglednut

      That is how they feel about women, yes.

  • slithytoves

    BFD. Call me when he adopts it.

  • Fare la Volpe

    What didn't make the paper was that the cop was testing his new 10,000-volt riot glove.

  • Limeylizzie
  • Schmannnity

    The officer was heard to remark after placing the kitten in his car, "Tastes just like chicken."

  • SexySmurf

    When did the Washington Post start putting photographs in its Editorial section?

    Oh wait, that's supposed to be the "news" section. My bad.

    • Fare la Volpe

      The Washington Post prints news? When did this start?

      • SorosBot

        1972; but after 1974 they decided to rest on their laurels.

  • http://thethingsrepublicanshate.com/ Chillwaver

    "I can haz rubber bulletz?"

    • Negropolis

      Yes, but only in the brain.

  • GFPcat

    This picture was taken just before the cop twisted the kitten's head off like the cap on a bottle of Bud.

    • BaldarTFlagass

      I was gonna go with "just before the officer tied a string of M-80 firecrackers to the cat's tail and lit them," but yours is much better.

  • chascates

    Cats si, Humans no!
    HuffPo:
    The local police's use of force seriously injured an Occupy activist and Iraq War veteran.
    Scott Olsen, 24, remains sedated on a respirator, in stable but critical condition at Oakland’s Highland Hospital after being hit in the head with a police projectile.

    • NeonTrotsky

      Now being reported that he has a fractured skull and brain swelling.

    • Biel_ze_Bubba

      But the cat's OK, right? I hope the Washington Post follows up on the story of the day from Oakland.

  • LiveToServeYa

    Yes, I can haz copfingers!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/30500320@N06/ DerrickWildcat

    cats are a good kind of animal.

  • Tommmcattt

    What is it about being a policeman that make you want to injure and kill hippies? I mean, I want to punch hippies sometimes, because, well, hippies. But mostly I am in agreement with their politics and goals, and I'd never actually hit one more than once, and never with anything other than my fist…

    • DahBoner

      Most hippies don't fight back.

      NEEDZ MOAR BILLY JACK!!!

  • http://www.wonkette.com ManchuCandidate

    Soft kitty,
    Warm kitty,
    Can of tear gas
    Happy Kitty
    Bleeding Kitty
    Burn Baby Burn

  • http://gratuity.wordpress.com/ Gratuitous World

    don't worry – those cops beating on protesters have been declawed.

  • http://ifthethunderdontgetya.blogspot.com/ ifthethunderdontgetya

    That's our War Criminal Post!
    ~

  • DaRooster

    QUICK, EAT IT!!

  • http://thethingsrepublicanshate.com/ Chillwaver

    In Italy, they call this "Polizia Gnocca."

    • PuckStopsHere

      Mmmmmm, Gnocca! Try it with the cunilinguini.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    This is no different than the pics showing the marines giving candy and soccer balls to the orphaned children of Fallujah.

  • edgydrifter

    You can throw a sack of adorable kittens in the river and nobody says a thing, but try that with a sack of filthy hippies and suddenly you're a "murderer." Life is confusing.

  • http://wonkette.com/ weejee

    WaPoop is standing on its head to put pussy above the (center) fold.

  • OC_Surf_Serf_#OLA

    The propaganda is not even subtle anymore…

  • RadioOcupados

    Stupid cop, cats are pretty much anarchists

    • chascates

      The original and ultimate anarchists!

    • Occupy V572

      Cats are libertarians. They want orderly behavior in others, no loud noises, a warm place to sleep at night, plenty to eat, lots of hunting, but no rules!

  • BaldarTFlagass

    "it’s a kitten that was cruelly left there by the evil protesters."

    Fucking protesters, going off and getting arrested and hauled off to jail and leaving poor kitty without its Nine Lives.

    Add "cruelty to animals" charges on them fuckers!!

  • JoshuaNorton

    Original article:

    Recipe for Oakland PD Kitteh Stew.

    First you take one cat…..

  • WhatTheHeck

    Cop would serve the community better tracking down cat burglars instead.

  • CommieLibunatic

    Dude, flash-bang use like that wasn't even funny in Metal Gear.

  • yyyaz

    No snark, but the lede from WaPo last night said "dozens" of cops were being threatened by "hundreds" of protesters. All reports from feet on the ground in Oakland had the numbers at 500 to 150, in favor ot the cops. In riot suits. And lobbing stun grenades (firecrackers from OWS, according to WaPo) and CS gas.

  • BarackMyWorld

    The picture is also a good metaphor for the relationship between corporations and pussy journalists.

  • DaRooster

    Look at all the body bags in the background.

  • CrunchyKnee

    "Protesters wearing out their welcome nationwide"

    Huh? Jesus H. McChrist, my head just exploded.

    • DahBoner

      "Protesters Rich Greedy Corporations are wearing out their welcome nationwide worldwide"

      Fix-y.

  • prommie

    I heard a report on the radio today today that started with an intro given in The Voice Of Doom, loud, deep, and ominous, saying that "the OWS protests across America were growing increasingly violent." Then the report went on to recount how the police have been violently attacking the OWS protesters in various cities. So, thats violent, I guess, so, I suppose, the "protests" are getting "violent" to the extent that the protesters are being attacked, yes, it was a completely truthful report. No, "truthy," I should have said "truthy."

    • Swampgas_Man

      "VIOLENCE AT PROTESTS!" A headline you can't argue with.

  • prommie

    Where are the cops spiked high heels? When does he put them on and crush the kitty?

  • SayItWithWookies

    Tired of suberting your basic humanity to the will of your corporate overlords, Mr. Pleeceman? Some people — even employees — just stand up and say no when the orders they're given are repugnant, immoral, illegal or just plain offensive. Or you can pet a kitty and hope the bad feelings go away.

  • OccupyFnChicken

    Officer says "I love pussy."

    • DahBoner

      Everyone loves petting a little pussy once in awhile….

  • OccupyFnChicken

    Ulp! Too late. I just masturbated and killed that kitty.

  • http://facethesuncastnoshadow.wordpress.com/ Mumbletypeg

    That cop hopefully won't suffer an identity crisis after this exposure. It's been known to happen, say, when righteously-overprotective hounds mistake cops for kittens.

  • LettucePrey

    The injured person being assisted was Scott Olsen, a two-tour Iraq veteran, who is now in the hospital with a fractured skull.

    It was obviously his fault, though. He probably smelled bad.

    • CommieLibunatic

      Support the troops!*

      *read as "Shoot those uppity grunts in the face!"

  • Ducksworthy

    F*cking Washington Post.

    • Swampgas_Man

      No more to be said, really.

  • http://wonkette.com/ Monsieur_Grumpe

    If he was a real hero he's find a good home for the cat.

    • DahBoner

      With Real Americants, not dirty hippies who probably feed it tofu, right?

  • owhatever

    This cop will get a bright and shiny medal for his humanitarian reaction to the heinous attacks by mob-hordes of zombie communist protestors who had said nasty things about pussycats.

  • fuflans

    Wanda: I hate the police, don't you?
    Henry: I don't know, but I seem to feel better when they're not around.

    never gets old.

  • Polythene_Pam

    I counter that photo with this one: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_SDK0YDRaXS0/TKSCLZI5xkI… (and, no, I don't know how to do the html to make that a prettier link)

  • neiltheblaze

    I'm so glad the city of Oakland is employing only the finest sadistic troglodytes.

  • datateday

    Contrary to what it says at the top, I find this hard to Digest.

  • zappadoo76

    Guardian live blog coverage of injured Oakland Iraq marine vet here.

  • bomble

    I didn't know OWS had their own medics.

    • Negropolis

      That's been one of the consistent things about the movement across the country. Most of these occupations have a medical tent.

  • Antispandex

    Well, the obvious caption should be, "The Only Way An Oakland Cop Can Get Pussy", but I don't expect the truth from the aristocracy.

    • HogeyeGrex

      So not true.

      C'mon. They can extort from hookers all day long.

      • Antispandex

        You know, I stand corrected. The preferred method of cop sex had slipped my mind. My apologies to all who noticed the error.

  • meatlofer

    That is one lucky cat….in Ohio, a cat that size gets out..the cops blow his ass away!

  • poncho_pilot
  • iburl

    Why would somebody abandon their poor little cat? Oh yeah, tear gas, sonic cannons, rubber bullets, billy clubs, mace, boots, punches, wooden dowels, tazers, etc., etc., etc…

  • magic_titty

    Who knew you're supposed to grab up all the stray cats you can find while being gassed and menaced by police?

  • UnholyMoses

    So … protesters whose cause a vast majority of Americans support, who carry no guns, who don't call for the death of leaders (elected or otherwise), who have not shown any propensity toward violence in any way, and who are in public spaces exercising their Constitutionally guaranteed rights, are "wearing out their welcome."

    Hmmm … how telling.

    Complete and utter fucking horseshit, and depressing as all hell that Fred Barnes' Crayon Scribble Page has now set the narrative, but telling.

    Wonder how long before cops in some city go all Kent Statey.

    (Also, too: Kansas City cops seem to be leaving alone the rather small contingent camped out by the Fed Reserve. Not sure how long that will last, but good to see them not using Oakland/Boston/NYC tactics … yet.)

  • actor212

    OCCPIE LITTERBAWX!

  • http://johnnyzhivago.blogspot.com johnnyzhivago

    He's petting it before he tazes it.

  • OccupytheDashboard

    What the everloving fuck…this is something I would expect from a daily rag in a third world country. "Glorious member of peace department pats kitten".

    What country did I wake up in this morning?

  • HogeyeGrex

    Pravda at its finest.

  • aklibtard

    Obviously the protesters left the cat behind. There's no way that it might just be a stray cat. The Washington Post thoroughly investigates these things before printing them.

  • neiltheblaze

    Damn – I wish I hadn't quit reading WaPo three years ago so I could stop now.

  • arcadesproject

    Washington Post aka 'Filthy Scumbags'.

  • ChrisM2011

    Sure. Just before he maced it.

  • Guppy

    http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/PetThe

    The included pic makes for a… less-than-flattering comparison, of the "You know who else pet kittens?" variety.

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/mrblifil mrblifil

    I guess the photo editor guessed wrong on his multiple choice question.

    "For this story show:

    _Cracked Skull
    _Cries of Agony
    _Chortling Billionaires
    _Kitty"

  • GeorgiaBurning

    Basement cat is very happy indeed.

  • GunToting[Redacted]

    And, this is the paper frequently cited when the wingnuts whine about the "liberal media."

  • joobajooba

    – Chinese students wear out their welcome in Tienanmen Square
    — Pro-democracy forces wear out their welcome in Hungary
    — Anti-crown rebels wear out their welcome in Boston
    — And you know who else wore out their welcome?

    • rocktonsam

      $arah Palin?

    • LetUsBray

      Radical rabbi wears out his welcome clashing with the money-changers in the Temple

    • SorosBot

      The people of Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen?

  • Neoyorquino

    I can haz my freedum of assembleez?

  • littlebigdaddy

    Maybe Richard Cohen can adopt the kitten. He strikes me as a lonely guy. (Actually, this would apply to all of them except maybe Dionne).

  • ttommyunger

    Not shown is the slice of Apple Pie in the cop's other hand, the picture of his sainted mother in his billfold and his fucking Flag Pin… I just threw up in my own mouth.

  • lulzmonger

    I CAN HAZ DISINFORMATIONZ ?

  • http://wonkette.com/ Sharkey

    GIT THIS FLEABAG OFFA MEE!

  • misanthrope

    Any day now I'm expecting the Government to realize the folly of continuing to allow us the right to freely purchase a wide array of guns and ammo. Do they not understand they are poking the most violent, ignorant and trigger happy Army in the world? The American people. We have way too much experience in first person shooter games to be tempted, it's practically a family activity these days. Gawd I sound old, "these days" blah. I'm off to get baked and wait it out until I can loot all the Grey Goose from the licka sto'. PEACE.

    • http://wonkette.com/ Sharkey

      So, you like Battlefield 3, is what you're saying?

  • Negropolis

    Protestors wearing out their wecome nationwide

    Really, Washington Post? Did you honestly just write that shitty title? The protestors don't have to be "welcomed", but you sure as hell better tolerate peaceful protests. Grin and bear it, fuckers. You don't have to like the First Amendment, but you sure as hell better respect it.

    • Mumbly_Occupado

      Honestly, if the WaPoo is saying we should start dispensing with the First Amendment, I hope to god they're offering to go first, with pablum like that.

  • mrpuma2u

    Every time someone goes to an Occupy movement, a kitten dies.

  • comrad_darkness

    Now, doesn't that make you sad all the newspapers are going out of business?

  • DahBoner

    The US Constitution clearly asserts teh right of the people to peaceably assemble, until your welcome is "worn out".

    Then the Police State has a right to bash your head in or blow up your skull with a "non-lethal" bomb….

  • dennis1943

    Seems the "human interest" angle has been subverted………….i guess the protesters are not only less than human,they are less than feline…………….

  • JumpySnark

    Kalifornia Über Alles!

  • http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/39308_Breitbarts_Fans_Spew_Racism_Call_for_President_Obama_t glamourdammerung

    The First Amendment does not apply to a privately owned website.

    I would think even a Breitard could understand that very simple concept.

  • BaldarTFlagass

    "Freedom of speech lives!"

    Considering the subject matter, your comment only confirms that you are too stupid to exist. And yet, here you are!

  • SorosBot

    Hey look it's an actual supporter of fascism! And to think, I thought this comment was meant to mock the wingnut authoritarian attitude; but no this moron actually meant it.

  • http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/39308_Breitbarts_Fans_Spew_Racism_Call_for_President_Obama_t glamourdammerung

    Also, you better not let Breitbart know you called him and his cult cowards. They might threaten you or just stalk you on multiple accounts for months on end.

  • http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/39308_Breitbarts_Fans_Spew_Racism_Call_for_President_Obama_t glamourdammerung

    Since Big Failure regularly bans folks for simply not towing the party line, your feigned indignation is simply another sign that you are a hypocrite.

  • GunToting[Redacted]

    Shouldn't it be "to each, their own?" Or is proper grammar too lib-tardy?

  • http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/39308_Breitbarts_Fans_Spew_Racism_Call_for_President_Obama_t glamourdammerung

    You are going to interrupt from them patting themselves on the back about how smart they think they are.

  • GunToting[Redacted]

    It's the pigeon effect… Arguing with wingtards is like playing chess with pigeons… They knock the pieces over, shit on the board, then fly back to the flock to claim victory.