Thursday, July 18, 2013

Protestors

http://blutube.policeone.com/videos/6323048--zimmerman-protesters-confront-la-police/?source=newsletter&nlid=

LAPD and the California Highway Patrol have been dealing with people protesting the jury verdict in the case of the State of Florida vs George Zimmerman.  The protestors claim that justice was not done.  It is also interesting to note that a spokesperson for the protestors says they are fighting for justice for Trayvon Martin, as well as immigration rights and gay rights.

If I had to speculate, I suspect Trayvon Martin was not an advocate of either immigration rights or gay rights.  What this tells us as law enforcement is that the people doing the protesting are part of a coalition of people who seem to show up at every opportunity to protest against almost anything.

There is a core group of anarchists, immigration rights, gay rights, animal rights and other groups that seem to come together whenever there is an opportunity to protest.  This means the people gathered to protest the precipitating issue, such as the Zimmerman verdict, might be only a small part of the people gathered at the protest.  It also means that while many of those involved might be committed to non-violent protest, there may be others in the group who are equally committed to violent protest.  We saw this last year with the Occupy Movement.  While the vast majority of them were non-violent, there was a core group who was committed to violence who often co-opted the Occupy protests and would throw rocks and set fires.  Whenever confronted by a protest, even a non-violent one, be prepared to escalate in response to the actions of the protestors; that's what the SGT Says.

4 comments:

Protect_and_Serve said...

If one has the time to protest in the streets, one probably doesn't have a job, pay taxes, or have the right to protest.

Mike Creek said...

There are also a lot of "professional" protestors who go from city to city protesting in favor of the same liberal causes time after time. Some even travel the world doing it. They have a website where people fund them or they work for "activists" groups who pay them. It's not much of a living, but it does support them without a real job.
Bunkermeister

Protect_and_Serve said...

Even if I think their job is stupid (which I do) as long as they pay taxes, I believe they have a right to (peacefully) protest the government that gets those taxes.

However, anyone who gets a "check" and/or pays no Federal taxes (nearly 50% of our country) have no right to protest.

Mike Creek said...

Mexico has a law that says people who are not citizens cannot participate in any political activity, like protests. I like that law.
Bunkermeister