samhill wrote:And if they were told to leave by police well ahead of this but choose to walk to the festival signing their songs & shouting out their religious beliefs.
Sam they were warned there might be violence AND then the police left since what they were they were doing was completely legal. Instead o leaving they should of taken action to contain the violence they knew was going to happen. This is a public street and the festival covers many blocks. While these protesters have to accept the possibility they might be attacked for their actions the actions of the police are not acceptable. You have a legal right in this county to freedom of speech and as long as you're not breaking the law or infringing the rights of others the police have an obligation to protect that right. The exact opposite happened here where the illegal actions of others were allowed to trample all over those rights.
You have group of people being pelted with rocks, plastic bottles, milk crates and other objects and you're going to cite those being pelted for causing a disturbance?