I’d be so embarrassed, but then again I never would have considered taking Gender studies.
A group of anarchists decided to protest New York City Police Department (NYPD) police. They got a permit to march in a park on a specified time and date. The announced intent is to burn an American flag. A group of counter demonstrators show up to express their views. There is one problem, open flames are not allowed in this park. So the anarchists buy a Hibachi with a lid. What could be more American than a cookout in the park? The protesters get the Hibachi lit and proceed to slow roast the American flag.
The Bikers attack the flag burners, who are protesting the police, http://nyp.st/1JyFsok. Here’s where it gets complicated. The protesters run to the police for protection, the very people they accuse of oppressing them. The police protect the protesters from the mean old bikers.
I don’t know what New York law says but in Texas it could be argued that the police violated the bikers rights.
CHAPTER 42. DISORDERLY CONDUCT AND RELATED OFFENSES
Sec. 42.01. DISORDERLY CONDUCT. (a) A person commits an offense if he intentionally or knowingly:
(4) abuses or threatens a person in a public place in an obviously offensive manner;
(b) It is a defense to prosecution under Subsection (a)(4) that the actor had significant provocation for his abusive or threatening conduct.
More than one court in Texas has noted that burning an American Flag satisfies the criteria outlined in (b).
It would seem only fair and equitable that if the flag burners got five minutes of unhampered protest the counter demonstrators ought to get five minutes in which to reply. That seems to be the manner in which the Sacramento police handled things with the Neo-Nazis. Though with anarchists on one side and Neo-Nazis on the other, it seems more like a family disturbance than a political event.