July 12, 2007

DNC Protestors Likely Within View Of Pepsi Center, Still Want Control Over Police Tactics

Delightfully equivalent to a time-out corner for adult moonbats, within view (and likely earshot) of the Democratic National Convention delegates, as well as world media. On the other hand, give 'em an inch:
Protesters at next summer's Democratic National Convention will likely be allowed to rally within view of the Pepsi Center, a Denver city council committee was told today.

Denver Deputy Police Chief Michael Battista said the city will probably be able to allow closer access for protesters than Boston did in 2004, since the Pepsi Center is not next to a freeway like Boston's Fleet Center.

"At the Fleet Center there were railroad tracks and a highway and the protesters were put on the other side," said Battista. "At the Pepsi Center you don't have those issues to deal with."
Concerns over police tactics at the DNC should the protests become unruly or violent have still not been resolved:
The lead group organizing protests around the convention calls itself "Recreate '68," which is in reference to the 1968 DNC in Chicago which saw violent confrontations between police and protestors.

Wednesday, the Public Safety Committee heard their arguments over protestors' rights and concerns from others who do not want limits on police protection.

Denver City Councilman Charlie Brown says he is relieved police will not reveal their security tactics to demonstrators. He says their secret weapon is the Red Baron.

"The idea that they think they can come in here and dictate police tactics to us, not to use mounted patrol for example. That's absurd. We're going to control public safety, the city and county of Denver, as we should," said Brown.

A lawyer speaking on behalf of Recreate '68 says the group just wants to make sure everyday citizens feel comfortable making their voices heard.

"(We want them to be) without fear that they might be tear gassed, or without low-flying helicopters, or horses or cops in riot gear. That can be an extremely intimidating environment," said Thom Cincotta with the National Lawyers Guild.

Denver Police say the rights of protestors will be respected as long as they respect the law.
Calls for "militant, direct action" "doesn't sound peaceful to me," said Brown.

Doesn't sound very peaceful to us either. Nor does it sound very likely that Denver Police and other security personnel will suddenly devolve into civil rights violators. No one, however, is expecting the protestors to sing "Kumbaya" and keep themselves under control--no one denies their right to assemble and show their displeasure to their hearts' content. But disruption, violence, and property destruction should not be on the protestors' menu, though with the various moonbat groups they no doubt will be.

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