From the top: Scene: Seattle’s Westgate Mall. Demonstration, protesting Israel’s military in Gaza. Man comes by, gets mad, hassles and threatens protestors, and removes his shirt.
Photo 2: shirtless man pushes guy with backpack.
Photo 3: Guy with backpack says, ‘WTF?’ Both assume fighting stances.
Photo 4: Luckily, a Westgate property management security guard arrives to cool things down. Yay!
Photo 5: Security guard proceeds to mace
the shirtless guy the black guy. Wait, what?
Photo 6: Security guard arrests black backpack guy, even as every single witness in the vicinity tells him the shirtless guy was the instigator. Shirtless guy is also shocked guy, and slinks away, free as a shirtless bird.
Photo 7: people continue to tell Westgate security guard that black backpack guy didn’t do anything wrong, and ask to offer him water to wash away the mace (whether that’s a good idea or not, that’s another question). Guard says no way, although the guard actually never addresses any of the witnesses or deviates from his important mission: arresting the guy who was just walking past and not causing any trouble.
All credit to Alex Garland, the photographer, whose complete photo set is at his website, and you should go there and click through and see his work. Video is also available on Gawker, picking up the action almost exactly where these photos end. The video will make you even angrier as the witnesses keep trying to tell the guard what really happened and they get nowhere with that guy.