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  1. Dhamon says

    Oh, now that’s just playing dirty.

    • Yes, I would wholeheartedly agree. We tend to rely on police in crowd situations to set the boundaries of acceptable conduct. It may not be entrapment, but I freely confess I would have a hard time voting for a conviction if I were on that jury.

  2. WJS says

    I can’t say I’m surprised. The police (and by extension the state) hate even peaceful protests, and will shut them down any way they can.

    • That’s a pretty enormous generalization, considering how many individuals “The police (and by extension the state)” includes. Just saying.

  3. Scott McNay says

    In this case, I think it might be a mens rea situation. Just because people are blocking the bridge doesn’t mean they were doing it maliciously. You see this all the time; someone stops to talk to someone or poke at their phone, not realizing they’re in the way; a quick “excuse me”, and things are straightened out. As the saying goes, never assume malice…

    I think this is just a “parade without a permit” situation, or similar.

  4. Okay, this might not be *entrapment* but it’s pretty clearly a closely related issue. The police are physically causing them to commit a crime! Crossing the bridge is legal (I’m making an assumption that foot traffic is allowed, but seeing as it appears to be the only way to city hall if it’s not there’s much more fundamental issues here) and they were doing so. The police blocked them in on the bridge, now they’re not crossing, so they’re blocking it.

    • But the police are NOT causing the protesters to cross the bridge. In this scenario, the protesters were crossing the bridge of their own accord. The police simply didn’t STOP them from doing it.

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