Well, the current powers that be have created a very powerful "if you aren't with us, you're against us" aura. Making it harder to speak out against something in a constructive manner. Those who do, no matter their stance, are near instantaneously labeled a radical...or even worse, the modern slur that is the L word.
However, I don't see anything in either of those articles about why the police were chasing him in the first place. Hell, maybe they identified bricks of C4 in his jacket. Either way, I'm fairly positive it's not protocol and there will be punishment. Whether it was warranted or not...who yet knows?