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In The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020), at Chicago park convention meeting, Kid try to climb the pole but police officers stopped him violently, Rennie interefered, got clubbed by police officer. Later, defendant of Chicago 7 Tom Hayden describing this previous incident to lawyer Bill:

Tom Hayden: It was six armed police officers versus Rennie and a pocket protector. I can understand that response.

Why did Tom Hayden consider kid as a pocket protector?

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That's not a comparison. A pocket protector is sort of a stereotypical "geek" accessory. Like a pair of thick glasses with tape on the bridge, like Gilbert wore in Revenge Of the Nerds. He was basically saying Rennie was a weak nerd, and having 6 police officers gang up on him was overkill.

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  • But what does "that response" mean? – user84701 Dec 3 '20 at 14:06
  • As I said, it means the response by the officers was overkill. Too heavy-handed. Excessive. He was being facetious. Exaggerating when he said, "I can understand that response". He meant the opposite; there was no excuse for 6 officers to gang up on one helpless kid. – Johnny Bones Dec 3 '20 at 14:08

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