This stinks to high heaven.
The University of New Mexico police, in concert with state police, have removed a group supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement from that campus.
And, according to a story in the campus newspaper, The Daily Lobo, the authorities showed up in force and all ready to go Bull Connor on them.
“The cops showed up expecting violence,” one protester told the paper. “They even brought the dogs, but we aren’t going to get all violent. It’s all about nonviolence.”
As usual, the argument was that the removal was for the protesters own safety, that the demonstration was in violation of university policy and that they had applied for the wrong type of permit.
And the university spokesperson had the nerve to blame the demonstrators, who peacefully dispersed in the presence of force that one demonstrator said looked like they were ready for a “riot.”
University flack Karen Wentworth said the university waited a week to remove the group because they wanted to be patient with demonstrators and make sure they fully understood university policy.
“Maybe we were too patient, I’m not sure,” she said.
And although there is a pay wall on the ABQJournalOnline website, a search of her name revealed a story in that publication yesterday and this gem of a partial quote:
“We’re thinking about how long do we tolerate this,” Wentworth said. …
While I admit there is not a complete context, one can only assume she means the right to peaceably assemble and the Supreme Court-recognized concept of symbolic speech.
I am not a lawyer. I don’t even play one on TV. And maybe this was not an unlawful action. But farts aren’t against the law, either.
They still stink.