July 07, 2005

Ninja G-8: The Protest

This image of an ASP-wielding cop taking on a would-be ninja protester was front-page news here in Silicon Valley the other day. Having written about ASPs for the About.com site, I found the photos rather interesting:

Anti-G8 protestor blocking ASP strike by Edinburgh Scotland policeman

Looks like the hooligan-in-black is attempting a lame two-handed quarte parry of the cop's ASP. What body target was the cop aiming at? The stick? Why not rap the punk on the upper arm (in the fleshy part, not the elbow, naturally) and make him drop the weapon? If this technique is a "beat", in the fencing sense, the cop needs a good follow up, and it's hard to tell if he's setting one up from the photo.

Interesting to see differences in baton doctrine in Europe. Wasn't it just a few years ago where the introduction of the PR-24 baton caused all sorts of protest? Now they're starting to carry ASPs. Next thing you know, they'll start carrying .40s too--no more crappy 7.65 Browning. Delivery like a brick through a plate glass window? Yeah, right.

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