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As a ragged band of peace protesters sporting white-boy dreadlocks and more tie-dye than you could shake a puppet-covered stick at danced down R Street NW on Sunday afternoon, two busloads of police officers and police-academy cadets whiled away the hours at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Q Street. “We’re real bored,” noted one Metropolitan Police Department officer who had spent the day idly waiting for the small peace march. “This is overkill.” Still, it wasn’t too bad a way to collect time-and-a-half, he said. Some police officers had rigged a generator up to a TV inside one bus. “They’re playing PlayStation,” the officer said. —Garance Franke-Ruta