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November 04, 2005

Breaking Rank With Norm Stamper

In These Times has a really interesting interview with ex-Seattle police cheif Norm Stamper, who presided over the disastrous breakdown of law and order during the 1999 WTO protests, retired to a cabin in the San Juans, and wrote a book, entitled "Breaking Rank."

The surprise is that it turns out that Norm's a raging progressive.  Pro drug legalization, anti police violence, concerned about racism and homophobia on the force.

But wait, there's more.

[Stamper:] If I get an opportunity in a second edition, I have a list of about 100 things I would change in the book. At the top of the list is my conclusion about WTO: We started it.

[In These Times:] “We?”

[Stamper:] The police department. We started it on Tuesday morning. We had had skirmishes, and some problems before that, but the real problems started on Tuesday.

We blew it on Tuesday morning when we gassed non-violent demonstrators.




Posted by Jon Stahl on November 4, 2005 at 11:55 PM in Interviews | Permalink


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