Atlanta police in the back pocket of the “Church” of Scientology? Peaceful protestors arrested and honkers ticketed at Atlanta March 15 Anonymous protest
In what appears to be a collection of eggregious acts of police injustice, Atlanta police officers arrested a set of peaceful protestors and ticketed a number of drivers who honked in support of the protestors at yesterday’s Anonymous protest on Scientology in Atlanta, Georgia. Two protestors were arrested, apparently for speaking and chanting at the protest using a bullhorn. Is it not fairly customary for protests to involve a few people using bullhorns? Numerous drivers were ticketed for honking in support of protestors. Is this not fairly standard protest behaviour? Would police have behaved similarly toward honkers passing Pro-Life or Pro-Choice rallies? Moreover, is this not fairly standard behaviour for a variety of public social events? If the Atlanta Braves were to pull off a miracle this next season and make it to the playoffs, would fans be ticketed for honking in celebration? Would fans be ticketed if they honked at a World Series victory parade (not that such a parade will be coming to Atlanta, but hypothetically speaking)? Do Atlanta police officers also make it a regular habit of ticketing honking wedding party convoys?
Why have these protestors been opposed in these ways? What are the justifications?
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