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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  1. Barb

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

  2. 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"?

    1. 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.

    2. 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!

    3. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. Dudleydidwrong

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

  3. littlebigdaddy

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

  4. Schmannnity

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

  5. 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.

  6. GFPcat

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

    1. 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.

  7. chascates

    Cats si, Humans no!
    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.

    1. Biel_ze_Bubba

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

  8. 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…

  9. BaldarTFlagass

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

  10. 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.

    1. 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!

  11. 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!!

  12. 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.

  13. BarackMyWorld

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

  14. CrunchyKnee

    "Protesters wearing out their welcome nationwide"

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

  15. 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."

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

    1. Negropolis

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

  20. 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.

      1. Antispandex

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

  21. 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…

  22. magic_titty

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

  23. 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.)

  24. 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?

  25. 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.

  26. mrblifil

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

    "For this story show:

    _Cracked Skull
    _Cries of Agony
    _Chortling Billionaires

  27. GunToting[Redacted]

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

  28. 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?

  29. 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).

  30. 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.

  31. 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.

  32. 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.

    1. 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.

  33. 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….

  34. dennis1943

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

  35. 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!

  36. 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.

  37. 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.

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