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Links 1 through 10 of 13 by Clint JCL tagged PeacefulAssembly

It's bad enough that our politicians often ignore our desires, but now they are flat out ignoring the law. A judge specifically ruled that the protesters must be allowed to say in Zuccotti Park (which is a 24 hour public park, despite private ownership, due to legal agreement upon) -- Mayor Bloomberg simply ignored the judge. I'd like to see him hauled in on contempt of court, but of course he'd probably have some sort of immunity.

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What could possibly go wrong? We could fire on protesters like Ghaddafi but then claim we're on the moral high ground because our bullets are less lethal. Given how trigger happy cops are with tasers, this will only result in more injuries and death; while reducing the justification needed to mete out such injuries and death.

And yes, we exported this tech to Egypt.

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THREE separate rulings -- going back to 1983 -- found the law unconstitutional.

But what do the police care about actual laws? They consider themselves legislator, judge, jury, and executioner.

It took 27 years, but now New York City will be found in contempt of court every time they do this. A $500 fine each time, increasing by $500 every 3 months, up to $5000. So in 27 months, New York will have to pay $5000 if they try this unconstitutional bullshit again.

But what about the rest of the country? Funny how when a law restricts freedom, it is applied everywhere. But when an exemption is granted via lawsuit, it applies only to the locale where the lawsuit was won.

This is also proof that strong fines are the only way to control the police. This is exactly why suing the police is the right thing to do -- it's the only way to control them.

Then again, if the cops themselves don't pay the fine, won't this just come out of the city's insurance fund? Pfffft.

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Students don't like budget cuts, so the rodney king department "allegedly" pushed a 73-year-old professor to the ground, broke her arm, and stomped on her.

Land of the free? Exercising our 1st amendment rights? Oh wait, they don't really exist. Permits? Do you need a permit to exercise your religious rights? Do you need a permit to exercise your free speech rights? The fact of the matter is, no law abridging these rights is supposed to exist. The whole permits issue allows police to trample any old lady protester they want. You can bet Officer Vollmer (Voldemort?) will get away with this.

Kirk Albanese has his head up his ass.

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Nothing illegal was found. Some were charged with unlawful assembly, despite the fact that the First Amendment gives us the right to peacefully assemble. Some were given the catch-all bullshit "disorderly conduct charge".

16 of these 33 kids sued. Those charged just got a nice $20,000 payout -- your tax dollars at work -- while those only detained got $9,000 each. That's at least $156,000 of taxpayer money, probably much more.

All to finance a police state

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So much for the right to peacefully assemble. What? Pillow-fighting isn't peaceful? What is it, war? Assault? Violence? "Cleanup"? Really? In a park? That taxpayer money paid for? And then we pay for police to stop us... from having a pillow fight?

Are we men or children?

Then again, this is Detroit: A city falling apart by it's own inability to spend its money intelligently.

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Is the fact that things like this happen to innocent people even news anymore?
Regardless, it is important to document such events. And hopefully consumer-affordable surveillance (sousveillance) keeps the police in check. I'd imagine they'd be a LOT more violent if they didn't have a bunch of cameraphones on them at any given moment.

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You know.... I've seen the YouTube video, and it looks a lot more like the officer hit the woman in the face with a baton while saying "back up, bitch".

But anyway -- the fact that the police are selling shirts that basically incite the crime of police brutality is unconscionable. And quite typical. This is war: between those who subvert, and those who do not want to be subverted. (The sheep who stand on the sidelines are already lost.)

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We lost prohibition, yet the authorities still use liquor licenses as a form of legal and economic blackmail. Being naked in legal, drinking a beer is legal, but being naked where beer is served? OH NO, CALL THE POPE. Pathetic level of freedom.

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