Originally Posted by Scott SoCal
Another fantastic reason not to go to NYC. There was a time that the left used to freak out over stuff like this.... Patriot act, etc.
Well, if you clicked the second link, you'd see that Occupy are actually protesting it.
Not that that will likely amount to spit.
That said, the fusion of the Patriot Act, Homeland Security and the NYPD has most definitely defanged any sort of politically mobile left in the city.
A few years back the police knocked down a friend's door (he had an outstanding warrant for failing to pay a fine after a demonstration) when his girlfriend refused to let them in without a search warrant (apartment is in her name). They cuffed her and charged with with felony assault and obstruction of federal agents. Ironically, the neighbors had called the police because some construction workers in the basement had left a city water main open and rats started making their way in, which caused her to start screaming when she saw them in the morning.
Although they booked the guy, the fine had expired and the judge cut him loose that night. The woman had to go to court some half-dozen times with a specialist attorney whose practice is rights violations before one of the dozen or more cops who had been on the scene admitted that the Captain had been cooking the charges and a judge threw it out.
2nd amendment, how about that 4th?