posted on Aug, 25 2017 @ 11:11 AM
a reply to: Antipathy17
A rally permitted to happen is always legit until it turns violent/destructive and crosses the line from lawful protest to unlawful protest/gathering.
The judge that you cite only ruled that the protest could remain at the original location after the City tried to get the location moved because of
the expected size of the event--the judge said that it could remain, but had nothing to say about its legitimacy, as that's not the issue that was
brought to him/her.
The police claimed that the assembly was illegal around 11:35am, over an hour after the first violence broke out. Violence makes/can make the assembly
illegal, and the right to protest only exists if it is done peacefully. It is the job of the police to enforce laws, not ignore them just in case
things unfortunately get out of control and people are injured or die after the fact...those actions are on the people who do them, because the police
didn't force these jackasses on both sides to act like ignorant, uncivilized animals, and the police certainly didn't tell someone to get in their car
and mow down people in the streets on behalf of white supremacy.
I do, however, harbor pretty substantiated concerns that the handling of this incident was woefully negligent, if not possibly criminally so. The city
should have erred on the side of caution from the start and had well more security there than deemed necessary, and had a much better plan of forcing
protestors to exit through crowds of counter protestors and not expect violence or other stupidity to ensue. Whether or not there's a deeper
conspiracy about how that went down...that remains to be seen, but disappointingly, I'm open to that possibility, given today's stupid political