In a display of raw power here in Downtown LA this afternoon, VP Joe Biden gets dozens of publicly-funded armed police guards so he can go to a fundraising event in #DTLA.
I was standing at the corner when they first blocked the street – it took nearly 10 minutes for all the armed guards and military-style battalion units to go through.
Surprisingly, though, there wasn’t much awe among the people who were being held up by the parade. In fact, the attitude was quite hostile.
People were overheard saying things like:
“This is contemptible”
“What an a**hole”
“What are we waiting for, an emperor?”
“I’m giving them all a salute, a one-finger salute.”
“They’re here to remind you who is in charge.”