03/12/2007 04:56 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

VIDEO: Tacoma Police Gas Peaceful Anti-War Protesters

Via Slog... If this is how Tacoma police respond to a peaceful anti-war protest -- tear gas and rubber bullets -- imagine what might happen should protesters eventually be provoked into more aggressive actions?

This was a peaceful sit-in with the crowd chanting "give peace a chance." The appropriate response to such a classic act of civil disobedience would have been to handcuff and arrest the protesters, carrying them off one by one. Instead, the police chose to respond with a physically violent short cut.

Authorities should be forewarned: violence breeds violence.

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