The alleged "mob," real, fictional, or what have you
VOLOKH at mail.law.ucla.edu
Tue Nov 28 11:35:36 PST 2000
I do think that it might be helpful for all of us to step back a bit
and ask: If the same behavior had involved, say, 100 Democrat supporters
demonstrating outside a place where Republicans were (in their view)
mistabulating the election, how would we (as either Democrats or
Republicans) have felt?
My sense is that the behavior alleged here is more or less par for
the course as demonstrations go -- mostly peaceful, partly loud, with some
violence by a few people, and with some claim of potentially greater menace
in the background (either on the general "Miami is a violent place" theory
or on a theory that other labor or antiwar or pro-civil-rights or
anti-abortion or what have you demonstrations have turned violent). It may
have been unusual in that it took place in a public building, but that just
shows that the public authorities had the legal right to evict the
demonstrators but for whatever reason declined to do so (and probably that
many security officers were in fact available nearby).
But I'm well aware that my judgment may be colored by the politics
here, a not uncommon thing during this wild and crazy election season (or
perhaps during all seasons).
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