Almost 300 Arrests in St. Paul
The police were busy in St. Paul yesterday.
Police arrested 284 people Monday after firing projectiles, pepper spray and tear gas to disperse a crowd demonstrating near the convention site.
So much for freedom of assembly. Exercising that right in St. Paul apparently results in an arrest for conspiracy to riot.
Some of the arrests were probably legitimate (there have been scattered reports of vandalism), but the pattern at political conventions has been to arrest first, ask questions later. It will be interesting to see how many of the arrestees are never charged, and how many charges are ultimately dismissed.
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