The Chicago police arrested a pair of NBC journalists in front of a hospital. Their crime? Being there.
If the the cops are not afraid of prime time exposure on NBC, they surely are not afraid of ordinary citizens.
“What upset me about last night was this was not an active crime scene,” Ponce said on WLS Radio. “This is in front of a hospital. The reporters and photographers were standing on the median sidewalk when the officer started yelling at us, telling us to get further away. We decided to take a stand.” . . .
“Your First Amendment rights can be terminated if you’re creating a scene or whatever,” the officer said.
When asked how they were creating a scene, the officer said, “Your presence is creating a scene.”
The two reporters were released without charges being filed. No muss, no fuss. The cops had made their point. They are in charge.
This is standard operating procedure in large cities. The police do not regard themselves as under Constitutional law.
In a time of national crisis, the public will accept these acts of lawlessness from on high. When that happens, you would be wise to stay out of their way. The courts will not be able to protect you.