"You see that with the militarized riot cops and their helmets and their truncheons and their uniforms," said Bresee. "I think that they are aware of the extent to which that device has become a symbol for us as protesters, because we know about it, we've talked about it, we've seen it."
A crowd of protesters at Dewey recognized the weapon on Saturday. They were "agitated" and "outraged" over its presence, said Bresee. "There was an audible reaction.
"I don't know if it's there because of the image they want to send with it," he said. "Or if it's there just because they spent a bunch of money on it and they want to justify its use."
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