Deer Tick, a Providence, Rhode Island-based band saw images of Occupy activists being maced in the face for what they saw as unnecessary and unjust. At a show recently frontman for Deer Tick Paul McCauley told the crowd, "Not taking sides here. Just don't think cops should beat the shit out of anyone."
Before the show McCauley told Rolling Stone that members of the band were so frustrated with what happened that they decided to make people aware the only way they knew how – by playing music. "[Police] are there to serve and protect, and in theory, that's a great thing. But people should know that you can be self-empowered and you can call cops out when they act out of line. Cops aren't above the law. We're just trying to make both sides understand where the other is coming from."