While demonstrators have the right to protest, it is only a right when done in a safe and lawful manner. Freedom does not give you the right to run rough-shod over other peoples’ rights, take dangerous actions and defy law enforcement.
When blocking highways and roads while doing damage to property and persons, they crossed the line from protesters to criminals. They have no right to interfere with the public’s right of free passage and it is the duty of law enforcement to clear the road and stop violence using whatever force is necessary.
No one has the right to block the road for their selfish political agenda, no matter how “right” they may be. In this violent age, police have to be prepared to protect themselves and the public with necessary and expeditious action. Protesters must stay within the law and not override public good to make their point.
Since their “message” is getting lost in the violence, these rioters better prepare to accept the consequences of their actions. If not law enforcement, someone at some point may feel forced to employ defensive measures to protect themselves and their family in a way these rioters never expected.
Michael Cearley, Fresno