Violence broke out this weekend in previously sleepy Keene, New Hampshire. At the annual Pumpkin Festival, rioters threw liquor bottles, started fires, and clashed with police.
Who were these protesters? Were they oppressed people protesting for injustice? Yes, yes they were. They were largely white college students whose house parties were unjustly shut down due to noise complaints.
But the perfect justice of their cause is no excuse. After a terrible summer of police violence in Ferguson and across the nation, the lesson is clear: Police should shoot those pumpkin rioters.
Let me explain. I support police officers. I support their right to be safe, whether from a white college student overturning cars and throwing glass in people ‘s faces, or a black teenager walking down the street. I support their right to shoot any and all frat boys that they deem necessary within the Keene city limits.
The Keene PD are already using riot gear and pepper spray, but there ‘s no need to be shy. Like police departments all over the nation, Keene, NH, has a stunning arsenal of weaponry to be used against unruly crowds. They even have an armored BearCat vehicle, much like the one used by the Ferguson Police Department, which they requested specifically to protect the Pumpkin Festival. See? John Oliver pointed it out in August.
If they don ‘t bust that thing out, I will sue them for defrauding taxpayers.
Perhaps the Keene Police Department would prefer not shoot rioters dead because they are worried that that is illegal. While they are technically correct, I would like to point out that some other news this week: it appears that Officer Darren Wilson is unlikely to be indicted for shooting Michael Brown six times in the head and torso. So Keene police officers, you are unlikely to be indicted for shooting, say, these people six times in the head and torso.