Boulder Police tactics to control Halloween have crossed the goon line and it is giving me a fright. Police showing up to threaten someone because they may organize a public gathering, even if it is one that Police Chief Beckner or the Council doesn’t approve of, is just plain wrong, not to mention unconstitutional. This is Boulder, in the United States of America, not Chile or Guatemala. I think that a formal investigation is order on this one. Who approved officers to show up at the door? What were their instructions? Did this come from the top?
The Chief has made it more than clear that any monkey business on Halloween will be met with full force: tear gas, the night stick, the taser, plentiful officers in riot gear. I remember too well the last time the taser squad was unleashed on the Hill. Anyone who wasn’t in uniform became the enemy. An innocent walk out of a Hill music venue at the wrong time and you are a taser target, even once you are on the ground. Chief Beckner’s hyping of this event reminds me of the double-dog dare of childhood days. Come on. I double-dog dare you to hit me. The double dog dare invites, rather than discourages, the blow. Halloween has been hyped so much that either no one is going to dare go out on the downtown streets of our fine city on Halloween or the hooligans will respond to the double-dog dare. I don’t find either alternative appealing.