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Reader: Million Mask Marchers don't understand their legal rights in a protest

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Our latest post about the Million Mask March, featuring a video showing confrontations between protesters and police, spurred a lot of comments critical of law enforcement. But we also heard from a reader who believes numerous participants in the rally were in the wrong, as well.

ryan.cordova writes:

I've covered a lot of protests and they all receive equal treatment.

The difference between this one and the rest of them is that this one clearly has no understanding of A. who the power is, and B. what legal rights you actually have in a protest.

You don't have the right to go anywhere you want whenever you want in a protest, other people still have the right to go about their day whether it be in a car, a bike, or just walking past the protest.

You haven't been allowed to step into the street and harass police for years.

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Maat Human
Maat Human

yelling at cops that you have rights Is like yelling at a rapist that rape is illegal..

Vaios Papastergiou
Vaios Papastergiou

"Those who would give up Liberty for security, deserve neither." B. Franklin.

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Funny how they don the mask of a historical figure who fought on behalf of a different form of "fascism" back in 16th-17th century England. Pathetic Internet DWEEBS

Craig Maybell
Craig Maybell

Ahem. "We the People," by way of participation (or lack thereof) in the electoral process gave consent to these public servants to draft and enact legislation and municipal statutes in order to maintain order in society. You dolts like to wrap yourselves in the Constitution as if it is "sacred Scripture," when reality couldn't be any further from your characterization. While people certainly have the liberty to air their grievances in a public forum, they do NOT have the right to HIJACK said forum at the expense of public safety, which is exactly what little DWEEBS like these wannabe Anon clowns are doing. Now, this certainly does not condone any alleged gross overreaction by law enforcement officers, but at the same time, these protesters are anything BUT innocent as their passionate defenders on the Interwebz attempt to portray them as. Simply put, there are no "saints" in this ordeal. In addition, I find it highly ironic how these idiots don the mask of a historical figure who was anything but a "freedom fighter." Clearly, they do not know their fucking history as Fawkes, himself, was an advocate for a different form of "fascism" -- one in which the re-installation of the Catholic Church's authority over England prevailed in response to the Protestant Reformation. Stupid Internet DWEEBS

Brian Rouse
Brian Rouse

Bruh, that story is legen dairy! Epic post

Legen Dairy
Legen Dairy

They can protest all they want to. But they are just a bunch of assholes. And each year me and one of them always get into a fight. I voice my opinion and one of them threw a book at me. And it's funny how the cops stood by when I hit him and they drove off.

Melissa Quinlan Viola
Melissa Quinlan Viola

I was walking down the 16th street mall that night and ran into the marchers. They were screaming at people, blocking people's ability to walk down the sidewalk, blocking the shuttles from their routes. The smell of pot emanated from the group. They were intimidating and it was scary being basically trapped among them. The only thing that made me feel better was the police presence. I believe that people have the right to protest and express their views, but not when it makes others fear for their safety.

Robert Tolbert
Robert Tolbert

This person doesn't understand WE THE PEOPLE are/have the power, most just don't know it because they believe media making them think 'public servants' have authority over the public they serve. Research common law!! And we do have the right to go where we want, 'freedom of travel' it doesn't matter our purpose or means of travel. It's unconstitutional to be striped of that right just because you don't follow the status quo. Know the constitution (which doesn't give us rights but is to protect our god given rights) know common law, know police authority ect. Just learn you some knowledge and use it 'MERICA

Mary Mcneely
Mary Mcneely

No. I agree with Parker and want to add that many protesters have been arrested over the years. I shouldn't need to go into an exhaustive list, many are famous. Those people weren't doing anything wrong and neither are these.

Parker Otwell Roe
Parker Otwell Roe

No, this reader enjoys living within the fascist boundaries set up by the ruling elite since this person is so keen on pointing out what we are "allowed" to do…

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

@Robert Tolbert During every protest that happens in the streets, there are three cops for every one protestor.

Keep thinking you have the power, it seems to be working out well.

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

@Parker Otwell Roe I'm disappointed, only one person calling me fascist for pointing out that if you disobey a direct order from the police you're going to get arrested.

Regardless of how justified you were to break that law or not.

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