Seriously, Judge McIntyre
Occupy Wall Street and its franchise “Occupies” in cities across the country entered into its second month this week. While a cohesive, coherent message has yet to emerge, what is clear is that citizens across America are concerned about the future of our country. Expressing ourselves as guaranteed in the First Amendment is a cherished gift from our past and our right in the present.
Now I’m as much for free speech as the next person, but perhaps things are starting to get out of hand. Reports are emerging from all over the country of drug use, violence, and sexual assaults at numerous Occupy locations. A dangerous form of drug-resistant tuberculosis has broken out at Occupy Atlanta. Near Occupy New York, over 20 restaurant employees have lost their jobs because Occupy protestors are preventing patrons from entering businesses in the area. Cops are being injured at many locations trying to keep the peace. Municipalities have thus far done a very poor job in responding to the situation. All this, as is frequently the case, leaves cops holding the bag.
This week, lawyers representing Occupy Boston petitioned the court for an injunction preventing their eviction. Suffolk Superior Court Judge Frances McIntyre stayed the eviction until December 1, making the following comments, “I will enter an order that the city of Boston refrain from any police action. Leaving the situation uncontrolled and unrestrained at this point is in the interest of public safety.”
Seriously, Judge McIntrye? You are preventing the Boston Police Department from action because leaving the situation uncontrolled and unrestrained is in the interest of public safety? Do they miss you on your home planet?
I have an idea. I think that Occupy Boston should operate uncontrolled and unrestrained, with police prevented from responding, right in front of Judge McIntyre’s house.
That’s what I think. I’d love to hear your thoughts…