HLS protest at home of Danaher exec menaced with red laser

On the 20th of October, protesters returned to the home of Danaher Senior Vice President Jonathan Graham just one week after a noisy residentail protest amped up by bright police lights, This time a ten minute protest may have beaten the police response time, but a neighbor shined a red laser from an unknown device through an open window.

Video of the protest showing the laser several times

Possible source of the laser: Wrong color but camera may not properly record color on a direct hit.

Having been shot at before, I immediately presumed the red laser could potentially be from a laser-sighted weapon such as a sniper rifle. The protest immediately shifted gears, first setting all bullhorns in siren mode. Then speakers denounced the cowards who hid in their nearby home while brandishing what might have been a harmless laser pointer and might have been a lethal weapon. Without a look at the source of the beam, I could not tell.

Although I and several others feared a bullet in the back, the protest was continued until the originally planned ten minutes was up. At that point, activists quickly left the area, in the process noticing a cop car driving by, stopping in front of the house, then continuing up the block. A cop car has also driven by 3 minutes into the demo but ignored the protest. If the first car was a routine patrol, the tactic of using a ten minute protest to beat the police response time worked. The other possibility is that cops stayed away because their lights added to the show and disruption the previous week.

Danaher is the corporate parent of Beckman Coultier, supplier of laboratory equipment to puppy-killing Huntingdon Life Sciences or HLS. Jonathan P Graham is Senior Vice President of Danaher.

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