First Responders and Free Speech

Nonviolent protest on your mind?

Fox 43's Caitlin Sinett:

"It could happen anywhere: protests that turn violent, endangering first responders and civilians.

There are other ways protests could put those responders in harm's way.

Law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical officials went through training to learn how to manage protests in East Hempfield Township, Lancaster County, following the violent protest in Charlottesville."

 

Will Bunch at Philly News writes, "Government wants to crush your right to protest - because there's so much stuff to protest against":

"But venture out into the real world — specifically the bucolic rolling hills near the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County — and you might discover that the actual face of protest in strife-riven 2017 America looks more like Jon Telesco, a contractor married to a schoolteacher. He’s a solid citizen of the rural community of Conestoga Township, where he was raised, a community about to be ripped apart for a large natural gas pipeline.

The looming arrival of the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline — with permit approvals doled out Thursday, construction in Conestoga and elsewhere could begin in a matter of weeks — has radicalized Telesco and hundreds of his neighbors who’ve formed Lancaster Against Pipelines. These are the salt of central Pennsylvania’s rocky soil — farmers, doctors, construction workers, teachers — and they are doing things to protest the Williams Partners project that they couldn’t have imagined doing a couple of years ago.

Praying with the nuns who’ve erected a makeshift chapel in the direct path of the pipelineWalking en masse out of a meeting with Pennsylvania state regulators to protest their handling of the project. And now, training for stepped-up protests, even nonviolent civil disobedience, when the construction starts. 'People plan to put their bodies between the bulldozers and the land,' Telesco told me — but he worries that a recent crusade led largely by GOP lawmakers and elected officials to crack down on protesters will have a chilling effect."

 

From the York Daily Record Editorial Board, "If protesters were charged for police, MLK would've been bankrupted":

"Sen. Martin’s bill is simply a terrible idea."