KITTENS!  3:22 pm October 26, 2011

Washington Post Illustrates Oakland Police Brutality With Cop Petting Kitty

by Ken Layne

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 RubĂ©n 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]

 
Related video

Hola wonkerados.

To improve site performance, we did a thing. It could be up to three minutes before your comment appears. DON'T KEEP RETRYING, OKAY?

Also, if you are a new commenter, your comment may never appear. This is probably because we hate you.

{ 141 comments }

tihond October 26, 2011 at 3:23 pm

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

Oblios_Cap October 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm

I was wondering which one was the pussy?

Oblios_Cap October 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm

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

Barb October 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm

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

YouBetcha October 26, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Pussies.

Bonzos_Bed_Time October 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Cops like them, too!

SorosBot October 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm

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

SorosBot October 26, 2011 at 4:34 pm

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

BaldarTFlagass October 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm

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

Occupy V572 October 26, 2011 at 4:09 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 5:28 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 10:02 pm

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

Callyson October 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 5:35 pm

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] October 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm

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

Dudleydidwrong October 26, 2011 at 5:36 pm

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

Oblios_Cap October 26, 2011 at 3:26 pm

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

dennis1943 October 27, 2011 at 6:02 am

But do they necessarily have to BE evil?

littlebigdaddy October 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm

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

Chillwaver October 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm

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

Millennial Malaise October 26, 2011 at 6:26 pm

The correct term is "Meowists."

chascates October 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm

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

OC_Surf_Serf_#OLA October 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm

Asshole cop loves the pussy but hates the owner…

DaRooster October 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Kinda like the GOP with Moms and Fetuses.

BaldarTFlagass October 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Or closeted GOP politicians and their wives.

starfanglednut October 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm

That is how they feel about women, yes.

slithytoves October 26, 2011 at 3:29 pm

BFD. Call me when he adopts it.

Fare la Volpe October 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm

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

Limeylizzie October 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm
Barrelhse October 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Lizzie, you may have seen this one from the Guardian UK.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2010/aug/24

fuflans October 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm

oh man that made me tear up.

Occupy V572 October 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Cats are the damnedest survivors. Thank you for that.

Schmannnity October 26, 2011 at 3:30 pm

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

SexySmurf October 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm

The Washington Post prints news? When did this start?

SorosBot October 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm

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

Chillwaver October 26, 2011 at 3:33 pm

"I can haz rubber bulletz?"

Negropolis October 27, 2011 at 12:32 am

Yes, but only in the brain.

GFPcat October 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm

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

BaldarTFlagass October 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm

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

Biel_ze_Bubba October 27, 2011 at 2:03 am

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

LiveToServeYa October 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm

Yes, I can haz copfingers!

DerrickWildcat October 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm

cats are a good kind of animal.

Tommmcattt October 26, 2011 at 3:36 pm

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 October 27, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Most hippies don't fight back.

NEEDZ MOAR BILLY JACK!!!

ManchuCandidate October 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm

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

Gratuitous World October 26, 2011 at 3:37 pm

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

ifthethunderdontgetya October 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm

That's our War Criminal Post!
~

DaRooster October 26, 2011 at 3:38 pm

QUICK, EAT IT!!

Chillwaver October 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm

In Italy, they call this "Polizia Gnocca."

PuckStopsHere October 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Mmmmmm, Gnocca! Try it with the cunilinguini.

BaldarTFlagass October 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm

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

edgydrifter October 26, 2011 at 3:43 pm

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.

weejee October 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm

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

OC_Surf_Serf_#OLA October 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm

The propaganda is not even subtle anymore…

RadioOcupados October 26, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Stupid cop, cats are pretty much anarchists

chascates October 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm

The original and ultimate anarchists!

Occupy V572 October 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm

"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 October 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Original article:

Recipe for Oakland PD Kitteh Stew.

First you take one cat…..

WhatTheHeck October 26, 2011 at 3:47 pm

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

CommieLibunatic October 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm

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

yyyaz October 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm

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

DaRooster October 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm

Look at all the body bags in the background.

CrunchyKnee October 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm

"Protesters wearing out their welcome nationwide"

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

DahBoner October 27, 2011 at 1:56 pm

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

Fix-y.

prommie October 26, 2011 at 3:50 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 6:01 pm

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

prommie October 26, 2011 at 3:51 pm

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

SayItWithWookies October 26, 2011 at 3:52 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Officer says "I love pussy."

DahBoner October 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Everyone loves petting a little pussy once in awhile….

OccupyFnChicken October 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm

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

Mumbletypeg October 26, 2011 at 3:55 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 3:57 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Support the troops!*

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

Ducksworthy October 26, 2011 at 3:58 pm

F*cking Washington Post.

Swampgas_Man October 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm

No more to be said, really.

Monsieur_Grumpe October 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm

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

DahBoner October 27, 2011 at 1:51 pm

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

owhatever October 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 4:05 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 4:07 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm

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

datateday October 26, 2011 at 4:10 pm

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

zappadoo76 October 26, 2011 at 4:13 pm

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

bomble October 26, 2011 at 4:14 pm

I didn't know OWS had their own medics.

Negropolis October 27, 2011 at 12:37 am

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

Antispandex October 26, 2011 at 4:16 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm

So not true.

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

Antispandex October 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm

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

meatlofer October 26, 2011 at 4:20 pm

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

poncho_pilot October 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm
iburl October 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 4:21 pm

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

UnholyMoses October 26, 2011 at 4:24 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 4:29 pm

OCCPIE LITTERBAWX!

johnnyzhivago October 26, 2011 at 4:38 pm

He's petting it before he tazes it.

OccupytheDashboard October 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm

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?

Angry_Marmot October 26, 2011 at 7:57 pm
LetUsBray October 26, 2011 at 9:51 pm

A third world one, obvs.

HogeyeGrex October 26, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Pravda at its finest.

aklibtard October 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm

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

arcadesproject October 26, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Washington Post aka 'Filthy Scumbags'.

ChrisM2011 October 26, 2011 at 5:00 pm

Sure. Just before he maced it.

Guppy October 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm

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.

mrblifil October 26, 2011 at 5:44 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 5:45 pm

Basement cat is very happy indeed.

GunToting[Redacted] October 26, 2011 at 5:52 pm

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

joobajooba October 26, 2011 at 7:22 pm

– 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 October 26, 2011 at 9:10 pm

$arah Palin?

LetUsBray October 26, 2011 at 9:54 pm

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

SorosBot October 26, 2011 at 10:13 pm

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

Neoyorquino October 26, 2011 at 7:44 pm

I can haz my freedum of assembleez?

littlebigdaddy October 26, 2011 at 8:31 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 9:49 pm

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 October 26, 2011 at 10:04 pm

I CAN HAZ DISINFORMATIONZ ?

Sharkey October 26, 2011 at 10:15 pm

GIT THIS FLEABAG OFFA MEE!

misanthrope October 26, 2011 at 10:34 pm

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.

Sharkey October 26, 2011 at 11:28 pm

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

Negropolis October 27, 2011 at 12:17 am

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 October 27, 2011 at 12:33 am

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 October 27, 2011 at 9:03 am

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

comrad_darkness October 27, 2011 at 11:53 am

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

DahBoner October 27, 2011 at 1:49 pm

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 October 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

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

JumpySnark November 2, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Kalifornia Über Alles!

glamourdammerung October 26, 2011 at 4:37 pm

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

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

BaldarTFlagass October 26, 2011 at 4:43 pm

"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 October 26, 2011 at 4:53 pm

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.

glamourdammerung October 26, 2011 at 4:56 pm

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.

glamourdammerung October 26, 2011 at 4:45 pm

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] October 26, 2011 at 5:50 pm

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

glamourdammerung October 26, 2011 at 6:13 pm

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

GunToting[Redacted] October 26, 2011 at 6:20 pm

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.

Comments on this entry are closed.

Previous post:

Next post: