i went to the 'solidarity march' that went down to the justice center to support the young man that had been arrested, and to support those that get much too bad of a rap--the "anarchists".
on the way back from the justice center, near pioneer square, some bicycle police rode up behind the crowd of about 50 or 75 people. at this point, everyone was either on or moving onto the sidewalk because we were so near pioneer square, and the "anarchist" group was making room for mass transit to get by. there were 5 or 6 bike cops. i noticed one quietly ride up to a young woman holding a banner and bark something into her ear, loud enough to startle her. another man in the crowd rode his bike between the police and the woman with the banner. i made my way over there to hear what was going on. when i arrived, the officer (who, of course, had no namebadge or id displayed) was taunting the crowd, "who called me a cocksucker? i bet *you* called me a cocksucker! wanna come up and do something about it? wanna prove your tougher than me? let's go!" i never heard anyone call him a cocksucker, although at this point i was tempted. he must have been all of 23 or 24 years old. he was completely out of control, picking people seemingly at random out of the crowd and taunting them, daring them to "take him on." the crowd was irritated but generally he did not succeed in engaging anyone.
all of the other bike cops looked very uncomfortable and nervous about their colleague's actions. i said, quite calmly, to a bike cop immediately behind officer friendly, "maybe you should talk with your colleage, he seems pretty upset."
at first the officer glanced at me, but quickly looked straight ahead. so i continued, "it's just that he's taunting the crowd and trying to provoke something." pause. no glance, no words from the cop.
"could you please try to stop him? this is going to end with more bad publicity for you guys." pause. no words. no response.
"hey, man, i was--" the cop looks at me and says, sarcastically, "i can't hear a word you're saying." and quickly rides off.
at this point, officer friendly turns around and says to me, "oh, are you saying something now? you wanna say it to my face." so i say, "yeah, you're out of control and you need to calm down. you're just trying to provoke people." he responds, "oh, are you gonna calm me down? come on over here, calm me down, i dare you." i kept walking. at this point i was very afraid. he yells after me, "yeah, that's right, just keep walking."
i'd like to submit this to the city, but it is completely empty without officer identification. does anyone have photos of this part of the rally? please contact me at email@example.com. i'd like to make this officer's life as difficult as possible.