I should add that, although I have never been able to join any of these protests in person, I have followed them closely on FR for many years, in words and pictures.
I know from having read hundreds of threads over the years that Kristinn is extremely careful to check in with the authorities, get necessary permits for any protests, and educate any Freepers or others who join with him as to the rules and regulations to be followed.
FR has always been extremely careful to follow the rules and guidelines as well as to avoid any violence. And I have often read that the police assigned to these events, although they may personally disagree with our politics, have always appreciated the behavior and discretion of FR protestors or defenders of our troops.
You are correct. I’m a veteran of several protests and the rules are followed in order to have a peaceful protest.
Yes we have and yes they do. All over the country.
Only with renegade police depts (like in Berkeley) do they turn their backs on us as well as the crazies.
It's a well understood unwritten (in most cases) rule to obey the laws and commands of Police which are followed religiously.
Patriots are naturally like that.
In Berkeley because of the politics (the city council and city manager encourage the actions of the anti-American crowd) they faced off against us the same as they did against the code pinkers. Except they gave them more latitude and less scowls.
In defense of the Berkeley Police though, I have talked to a few privately and they are fine men who will uphold the law unless instructed other wise, and maybe even do so against the "rules" of their superiors.