Here’s my video report on the March Against Monsanto in Richmond on May 25, 2013. In editing this piece I was struck with how easy it would be, given the footage I had, to make the demonstrators or the cops look better, or worse. I tried to be fair and not dwell on the angry scenes too much.
Hopefully, the viewer can see the vast majority of both groups behaved well. The demonstrators and the cops who were deliberately provocative were few in number. And, I suspect those individuals who were over-the-top confrontational have some history that played into how it went down.
Most of the shoppers in Carytown had probably never given Monsanto a thought. Now they have to wonder -- what was that all about?