Pepper spray vs. physical force
News articles are different both from encyclopedia articles, and from blog entries. It seems pretty safe to say no one would write an encyclopedia entry about the police suspension, and apparently you would not have written a blog entry focusing on the suspension, either. However, a Wikinews article is written, using inverted pyramid style, about a news event. As our policy pages explain, a news event is specific, recent, and relevant. And yes, there is further elaboration of our criteria for recent, relevant, and (to some extent) specific. The news event that this article was written about, which was specific recent and relevant on November 21, 2011, was the suspension. Like many news events, it was part of a larger network of events, but that's the one that this particular article was written about, the story that was current that day — the story that was also the focus of the three sources drawn upon for this article (all articles from reputable news agencies). Note that the Sources section of a Wikinews article is not a link farm of handy links to other articles that people might be interested in, it is a permanent record of where the information for the Wikinews article came from. Also note that the lede answers, as called for by inverted pyramid style, as many as reasonably possible of the basic questions about the news event.
I completely and totally disagree with your assessment. The suspension was not newsworthy at any time, however, the pepper-spraying of the students was and still is, with major reports in the process of being released in a matter of days to weeks - all of which highlight the incident, not the suspension of the police. The attempt to highlight a non-notable element of a news story in order to downplay the incident was either an act of incomprehensible incompetence, or a transparent attempt to dismiss it, and that is exactly what I objected to in the beginning of this thread, as the editor in question purposefully altered the relevant story to a non-notable one by changing the title. It was ridiculous then and it remains ridiculous now.
Gee. What a proctologist!
Let's see you write a news article then, instead of throwing peanuts from the cheap seats.
I wrote this a few days ago.
Doubt you could do anywhere near as well — except as a troll, which you're excelling at so far.
Now I know why that article is on top of the front page. This isn't Wikinews, this is Brian McNeil's ego-news. Thank you for explaining everything, it all makes sense now. No wonder there isn't anyone writing here. It's you and the tumbleweeds, Brian.
Luckily this is the comments namespace, you can troll all you like.
Hint: I'm not responsible for any of the other lead articles, so your implication holds less water than a colander.