32. Again - please visit an occupation. You have no idea what you are talking about.
First - the police are there to corral the demonstrators, not to protect them. In NYC the entire financial district is a cordon of metal barriers, cops, paddy wagons, etc. all intended to prevent the exercise of first amendment rights. Second, this protest is self-policed, so to answer your question, no a police presence above and beyond what would be present in any park on a normal day is not required.
The police should go about their normal affairs of looking out for bad guys and stop acting as the unconstitutional agency of dissent suppression.
A lot of these people have been hit hard by the recession, have lost their homes, or are drowning in student loan debt. This is a great idea - sue people whom you know can't pay (and you probably won't win the lawsuit against anyway) and end up wasting even more city money.
Do legislators ever THINK before they come up with the brilliant ideas? If you are going to try to intimidate people with big threats, at least make sure your threats make sense! LOL
12. They need to stop worrying about suing protesters
And start worrying about the avalanche of lawsuits that are no doubt going to be directed at them. Do they think that by using heavy-handed tactics and trying to sue citizens that it's going to cost the city LESS money?
And what do the police officers think is going to happen to them once the city decides it has run out of money and it's no longer popular to support them? It always rolls down hill, you know. Even those who are entirely peaceful are going to be affected by those who get heavy-handed and cause massive lawsuits.
16. a couple decades ago - no one would have been concerned that the courts would accept such law suites
But with the way so many of the federal courts and of course the U.S. Supreme Court has been packed with right-wing ideologues I can't help but wonder how some courts including the U.S. Supreme Court might rule. But if the courts should by chance betray the constitution they will be lighting a fuse. Those that make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable.
28. and what happens when the cops lose the case when it's proven that the
cops instigated the "engagement"? Wasn't there something about how the person/persons filing the "frivolous lawsuits" have to pay the court costs of the "winner"? Oh, of course ... that's when it's a rightie/corporation being sued ...
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