Cop Rests His Paw on His Pistol (Occupy Wall Street)

The headline is a tongue-in-cheek joke but seriously…a hand on the gun? I changed the original headline, which had illustrated my dark sense of humor. After realizing how serious it looked, I updated it to reflect the tone in which I meant it.

I really didn’t intend to make the cops look bad when I went to the Occupy Wall Street’s protest that was downtown. In fact, my goal was to show how silly this whole cops vs. protesters thing was and present some work that would exhibit people from different sides being together. The police did what they had to do based on what was coming in from the top. There were no altercations, from what I saw…

I noticed this police officer had his hand on his pistol so I ducked behind him (from a decent range) and debated on whether to take the picture because I knew what it would mean if I put this out there. But then I saw him keep his hand there…for a while. I took about 15-16 shots of this. He removed his hand once then put it back onto the pistol.

Shot today, September 27, 2011. I have more photos coming.

Click to enlarge and see more detail.

2 responses

  1. READ

    You have got to be kidding. He is not, NOT about to shoot somebody. Try this: Put your hands on your hips (a common casual stance). Where exactly did you put them? Possibly near where an officer’s gun is? Yeah, you did. He’s just standing there and you want to accuse him of excessive force in the worst way. YOU are the fear monger here. Besides, I will give you a dollar if you can shoot with your hand in that position. To have an “itchy trigger finger” he would have to be holding it THE OTHER DIRECTION, with his pal around the gun. Not his forefinger. The police (for the most part) are just trying to do their jobs. They are human beings to. Stop trying to paint them as monsters.

    September 28, 2011 at 12:47 am

  2. Thanks for taking the time to comment. I think cops are often portrayed as monsters but, as I mentioned in the post, this wasn’t my intention at all. I didn’t see any officer do anything like this and I’d be remiss if I didn’t admit, if at times unfairly, of my suspicion of the police based on abuse I’ve seen in the past…and I’m not just talking about this photo although I do have shots where his hand is wrapped around the handle.

    I will agree with you that the headline is a bit misleading and takes a joke too far so I’m going to change it.

    September 28, 2011 at 7:45 am

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