There have been protests for years in my lifetime. Never, though, have we seen the police on the attack like in Occupy Wall St. I can understand when the Anarchists start up at the G20 or G unit, or whatever G configuration is meeting. They tend to get out of hand. However, in my lifetime, we have never seen police act like this in a peaceful protest. (I mean they never treated the Tea Party like this and they came armed threatening violence.)
If you were like me, this scared you. This is not what America looks like. Seeing a young man, only trying to protect his property thrown and dragged by the police? That is what happens in other countries, not our own.