I love this article:
The demonstrators arrived angry, departed furious. The police had herded them into pens. Stopped them from handing out fliers. Threatened them with arrest for standing on public sidewalks. Made notes on which politicians they cheered and which ones they razzed.
Meanwhile, officers from a special unit videotaped their faces
Sounds like most protests. The difference is that this particular protest was organized and attended by police officers regarding their contract with the city.
Now the officers, through their union, are suing the city, charging that the police procedures at their demonstrations — many of them routinely used at war protests, antipoverty marches and mass bike rides — were so heavy-handed and intimidating that their First Amendment rights were violated.
Cops are seeing their tactics from the other side, and they don’t like it. One would think that the cops filing the suit have a good idea of these intimidation methods, as they are the same procedures that they use on other protesters most of the time.
Will this change anything? Probably not.
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