(Boghosian 2010) The policing of political speech

Boghosian, Heidi. The policing of political speech: constraints on mass dissent in the U.S. New York: National Lawyers Guild; 2010 Sep 24. Available from: http://www.nlg.org/publications/the-policing-of-political-speech/. Accessed 2012 Mar 12. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/666WRotIM.

Boghosian documents a pattern of systematic police suppression of public demonstrations and other expressions of dissent. Violence and deceit (sometimes including perjury and falsification of records) are standard police operating procedure, and the police routinely disregard ethical standards, formal legal precedents, and commonsense understandings of the U.S. Constitution alike. Contrary to what is often reported in the mainstream media, violence at mass demonstrations is usually initiated by the police and not by the demonstrators. Legal action is often successful in obtaining redress for dissenters after the fact, at least in the most flagrant cases of police abuse, but typically takes years to resolve. Legal efforts to forestall police violence and repression before the fact seldom achieve any success at all.


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