Belial wrote:The problem is that you skipped straight to this, bypassing the part where anyone went to the GA with a description of the violent individual...
Sure, and I was pointing out that your problem was that you skipped straight to 'lazy cops' or 'story never happened'.
Belial wrote:All you can say is that a bunch of people were standing around in an area, possibly making it difficult for a lone cop to apprehend a suspect without further work and assistance. People can't do shit about something they don't know about.
No, what you can say is a bunch of people were standing in an area, and someone or some people was/were assaulting people from the safety of the crowd. You can also say the crowd was doing nothing to apprehend those people, and was, in effect, creating a dangerous environment wherein people could perpetuate assault and not be apprehended. Repeatedly. While 'harboring dangerous criminals' is possibly an exaggeration, saying that the Occupy movement there was preventing the apprehension of violent individuals is not.
gmalivuk wrote:Would you similarly say that a house is "harboring violent individuals" if a criminal was hiding out there, or would you simply acknowledge that the confined space and obscured lines of sight make it more difficult for a single cop to arrest him?
Are the tenants of the house standing in the way of the police from starting an investigation? Are they aware of a criminal hiding in their closet and doing nothing to tell the police of said criminal in said closet? Then yes, I would say the people living in the house are harboring violent individuals.