The story of the undercover cops during the recent North American summit has caused quite a stink over at The Western Standard.
First off, I haven't watched the video or followed the story much at all but it seems that some folks are in a stink for the simple reason that undercover cops were embedded within the protesters to begin with.
There are a lot of good reasons to embed police within a protest and none of them have anything to do with spying or other such nonsense.
The two primary reasons officers are usually embedded with a protest are:
- To 'lead' the protest on it's route/march. The crowd will simply follow the people in the lead so by doing this the police can have a group of marchers walk around in circles for hours (and stay out of trouble) and no one is any the wiser.
- Similar to the first item, a crowd will not come into close contact with the police (in most cases anyways) unless those in the lead do so first. If the lead protesters stay back from the police so will the crowd.