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"No, I am not going to shoot."

Pat LaMarche:

[Former Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW) board chair, Garett Reppenhagen, sniper,] sees police departments outfitted in riot gear fighting against unarmed civilians in the streets. And he thinks the police should refuse the orders to attack demonstrators when life and property are not at risk. Reppenhagen believes that with rubber bullets and bean bags, officials are "giving them [police] a weapon and telling them it's not lethal. That gives them a free-fire zone," comparing it to the permission he was given to fire on innocents in Fallujah. "It's brutal and horrible and unnecessary force to shoot someone in the head with a bean bag gun."

Reppenhagen wants the policemen who deal with the protesters to remember that their job requires "risk transfer." Both military soldiers and domestic police accept the risk of keeping the peace. When they fear more for their own safety and stop protecting the innocent from harm then the risk transfer has failed. Reppenhagen believes the police must refuse orders that target unarmed people and should stand down saying, "No, I am not going to shoot."

Reppenhagen can't take back what he's done following orders. But he continues to struggle against unjustified armed aggression so the "people I've hurt, people I've killed, won't die in vain. I want to do right by it, I can never do enough, there's never enough, but I'm going to try."

So the question becomes, how do you get the police to say, "No, I am not going to shoot"?

Some would argue the best way to do that is to heave a rock through a Starbucks window -- and film it! But there's a diversity of opinion.

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