In an interview last week, Sergeant John Pasquariello said that was the only element of crowd-control strategy the department has changed since the DNC. “Our mission is the same every time,” Pasquariello said. “Our intent at the outset is to provide opportunity for dissent. If things get violent, then we use force, get the crowd to go fast.”
He said the current wave of demonstrations has been relatively peaceful, in part due to International ANSWER, the group that has staged most of them. “They keep their people in check,” Pasquariello said.
Attorney Anderson-Barker made the same observation, but said the police are also checking themselves. “I think we’ve chilled their desire to shoot people, a bit, with rubber bullets.”