September 26, 2005
False arrest or miscarriage of justice?
Washington, DC police have had to change a lot of their rules because they've been accused of false arrests and such in the past. They now have to display their badge numbers at all times and they have very strict guidelines as to when they can bring out and put on their riot gear. Okay, I agree with the badge number thing. The shame is, if protests were really peaceful, this would not be a problem. But you have people aggravating police and doing nasty things like throwing marbles under the hooves of police horses so that they fall. But when police steps in, they are accused of police brutality.
But that is sort of off topic. Cindy Sheehan and many other people were arrested because they did not have a permit to protest in front of the White House. She was also arrested for not having a permit in other locations, including New York City. You would think she had learned from those times, or at least that the crowds who gather with her would have learned.
I have not yet heard of anyone being denied a permit to stage a protest, nor is it very hard to get a permit.
Therefore I think that it was fair she was arrested. Police warned the protesters several times that they would start arresting them because they were protesting without a permit. When they didn't comply, people were arrested, booked, given court dates, and released. As all people went peacefully, I don't see the problem. Police acted like they should, the protesters came peacefully. It's the way things are supposed to be handled.
On the other hand, of course, you had idiots like the guy who climbed the fence onto White House grounds. *That* is a felony, called Criminal Trespass, and I hope that they are going to prosecute him for it.
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