Biotech and TragedyAs most people have already heard, a police officer died of a heart attack today while monitoring one of the protests against the biotech conference.
Details are unclear at this point, but it appears he suffered a heart attack. There was some kind of scuffle, although I'm not sure if he was involved or just trying to break it up. Anyway you look at it, this is a complete tragedy.
It's good to see the police commissioner isn't rushing to judgment and so far reaction has been pretty muted. However, I have to say I'm not particularly inclined to be look favorably on the protesters at this point. Even before I heard what happened, my impression from media coverage and personal experience was that many people (particularly the skate boaders) were just trying to cause chaos. I know there were many people who only participated in nonviolent actions and well-planned protests. However, once again, the violent few have cast a shadow on everyone.
I'm not saying the officer died as a result of the demonstration. That isn't clear and most likely will never be clear. However, the fact that there was a physical altercation casts a shadow over the entire thing.
Of course, I suspect some people will claim the violence was caused by instigators, the police deserve what they get, whatever. But this is just horrible and I think the protesters might do well to accept at least some of the blame.