Durham County’s sheriff wants a 48-hour notice for protests in his county. Sounds reasonable. It gives time for first responders to get their ducks in a row and ensure the safety of everyone in the vicinity of the protest is ensured. Hell, even that leftist-owned nightmare New York City requires permits. But, of course, the whiny social-justice bitches are not happy:
The next time residents of Durham County, North Carolina, feel the itch to spontaneously express political feelings on public grounds, they’d better hope somebody had the foresight to ask permission two days earlier.
Yeah. Otherwise a spontaneous taking-to-the-streets MIGHT be construed as rioting.
The Durham County Commission opened the new year with a proposal to require 48 hours’ notice before any demonstration on County-owned land. “In order to ensure the safety of all involved in and near demonstrations on County grounds prior notification is required if the group will be 50 or more individuals or has the potential of 50 or more individuals,” the rules before the commission on Tuesday state. “If notification is not given within the stated requirements or if a spontaneous group exceeds 50 individuals, the County Manager or his/her designee may determine that those participating in the demonstration on County grounds are trespassing and may request that participants be removed by law enforcement.”
Activists in the area made headlines in August when they pulled down a statue of a Confederate soldier prominently displayed near a county building. The impromptu demonstration came two days after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, led to the death of a local anti-racism protester when a rally attendee mowed down dozens of peaceful marchers with his car.[…]
Peaceful marchers? Um,NO. Attacking people with baseball bats whom you disagree with doesn’t count as “peaceful” in my book. Oh, and imagine how much more peaceful the protests might have been if there had been some advance warning and some structure involving the activists and the police.
If the KLAN wants to march through a predominantly-neighborhood, I am all for giving local cops all the time they need to prep for that situation. I would guess that scenario could get quite ugly and unsafe.
[…] The following week, rumors spread of a Charlottesville-style neo-nazi march on symbols of North Carolina’s slave-state heritage, prompting locals into the streets en masse.
WHO spontaneously takes to the streets? (By the way, those “rumors” were likely started by the same people who ended up taking to the streets. Klansmen are crazy, but I suspect they are not crazy enough to march through the People’s Republic of Durham.)
[…] After those tumultuous days in August, county sheriff Mike Andrews wrote an open letter urging commissioners to tighten rules for street protests. If the new proposal is approved, it would be the first time Durham has required citizens to seek permits for protests — a common rule, though one which police officials often decline to enforce when an unpermitted assembly is deemed peaceful.
The proposal does not explicitly call for police to forcibly break up unpermitted marches, as Andrews proposed in his letter. But it does include open-ended language signaling cops would be empowered to get aggressive in such circumstances. It says that “all city ordinances and state statutes should apply” to such demonstrations — invoking a category of local rules that would give men like Andrews carte blanche to handle truly spontaneous mass demonstrators however they pleased.[…]
*All state and city statutes should apply to leftist rabble? Outrageous !!!* Okay. Here comes an attempt at justification:
The Durham County tussle over how the justice system should react to a First Amendment assembly where property gets damaged offers a small-scale replica of a fight playing out in other venues around the country.
Hundreds of protesters rounded up and arrested on Inauguration Day still face felony charges in a Washington, D.C. court this winter and spring, as federal prosecutors argue that the black-clad marchers are just as guilty of rioting as the individuals within the group who broke shop windows and set trash cans alight. Police were similarly indiscriminate with pepper spray and handcuffs outside a Trump rally in Arizona over the summer, and after a St. Louis police officer was acquitted on homicide charges this fall. […]
Wearing the same uniform? You’re teammates. In football, if one player screws up, the whole team gets penalized. Not just the offender.
[…] Street protests governed by a mix of old-school nonviolence and new-age anarchist tactics have become a crucial political tool over the past few years. In 2010 and 2011, the Tea Party and Occupy movements revitalized physical expressions of political disaffect.
Don’t even try that. Occupy nuts break stuff and stink up the place. Tea Party activists bring the kids and pick up the trash when they’re done.
Since then, national politics have been reshaped by a wide range of physical resistance movements from Black Lives Matter protests to the long-running and initially successful Dakota Access Pipeline blockade on Indian land in the Dakotas. More recently, radical leftists united against the resurgent fascist tendencies of the Trump movement have sought to disrupt or prevent public appearances by right-wing hatemongers.
Conservative-minded officials have embraced confrontation in response to the rise in mass mobilization tactics. Some lawmakers have even tried to make it legal for drivers to run down pedestrian protesters who block roads.
Actually, the bill dealt with protesters who block traffic “spontaneously” and then try to sue or charge someone who may accidentally sideswipe them trying to drive by. * But what’s a little truth among, um, “friends”?*
Once again, assaults on public school teachers are on the rise. And these people are trying to figure out ways to make it harder for the police to keep order.