Are Non-Violent Protests Legal?

Legal in the sense of the law and statutes…..not morally.

The nightly news says it is not but the reports.

Let us think back…..Does anyone remember Ferguson?

The site of massive protests in 2015 over the killing of a black man by police…it is in Missouri in case there is any confusion

We all remember the visions of heavily armed police looking like a invading army as they faced off against protesters demanding justice and accountability…..

It was a moment that could have turned the tract of social justice in this country….instead states across the nation have passed 54 different restrictions against peaceful protests…..

states have introduced at least 154 bills or executive orders to restrict peaceful protest, according to a HuffPost analysis of the International Center for Not-For-Profit Law’s tally, a new report from PEN America, and interviews with free speech experts. So far, 54 have become law. More than two dozen ― including the Louisiana measure, which is awaiting the governor’s signature ― are pending.

These new restrictions on peaceful protest are not directly linked to an uptick in less-peaceful tactics over the past week. In fact, many of the current protesters have condemned actions like brick-throwing and looting, blaming the worst offenses on agitators who don’t share their anti-racist goals.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/anti-protest-laws-free-speech_n_5ed958c3c5b6a11919831bb3

That is right!

Instead to looking for ways to bridge the gap between the police and blacks…states spent their time trying to make non-violent protests illegal.

And that brings us to today and the Floyd protests….we are hearing lots of woulda coulda shoulda talk and after all this subsides we will be exactly where we are today.

That conversation that ALL keep asking for is still waiting for someone to actually step up and start it in earnest.

I hope I am wrong and all this protesting will actually get the attention of those sitting in the Big Boy seat and change does finally start.

The House representatives have put together a package of bills to reform the criminal justice of the land….

The legislation would provide overarching support for the victims of longstanding and ongoing police violence and are intended to offer solutions for the deep-seated institutional racism that dominates U.S. policing. The suite also includes a sharp rebuke of President Donald Trump’s threats to use the Insurrection Act against protesters.

The package consists of four bills:

  • The National Police Misuse of Force Investigation Board Act; co-led by Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Calif.), forming a federal commission to investigate police killings around the nation.
  • The Bill to Criminalize Police Violence Against Protesters, which allows for the charging of police officers who attack protesters to be charged with a federal crime.
  • The Amending the Insurrection Act; co-led by Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) and Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), preventing the president from deploying the U.S. military against protesters.
  • The Federal Relief Fund, providing funding for communities rebuilding after social and economic disasters.

Again I hope that this will be effective but it must get past the barrier known as the US Senate….not an easy task….and some of the reps are just padding their resume for the next election.

One last question…why is a Special Ops unit being used as security in DC?  19th Special Forces Group.

Something is amiss when an SF group is used for crowd control….that is not their job…..so why are they being used?

Be Well….Be Safe….Be Heard….

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

10 thoughts on “Are Non-Violent Protests Legal?

  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Indeed … don’t all bill go to the “Grim Reaper”? … don’t hold your breath then!!
    “The legislation would provide overarching support for the victims of longstanding and ongoing police violence and are intended to offer solutions for the deep-seated institutional racism that dominates U.S. policing. The suite also includes a sharp rebuke of Trump’s threats to use the Insurrection Act against protesters.”

  2. If they manage to ban peaceful demonstrations, then that would really be the complete end of democracy in the US. Using special forces troops already might be some indication of that happening eventually.
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. I never tarnish all police offers with the having the same attitude, as I worked for the police in London for 12 years, and know many excellent cops. But the guys (and women) who left that old man on the street were shameful human beings who should never be in uniform again.
        Best wishes, Pete.

      2. I agree and that incident is not an isolated one….a man in a wheelchair was shot in the face with a rubber bullet because he was on the street…..it is looking like the West Bank every day chuq

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