Reader: If Protesters Had Used Blankets, Would They Have Been Arrested for Camping?

Die-in at Cherry Creek Shopping Center.
Die-in at Cherry Creek Shopping Center.
Jamie Swinnerton

The Cherry Creek Shopping Center was already packed with holiday shoppers when protesters convened there on Monday night for a demonstration against police brutality. Even though the "die-in" took up valuable floor space, mall officials decided to take a hands-off approach. "I am really happy to see how well it went," says flash-mob participant Jamie Laurie, better known as Jonny 5 of the alternative hip-hop band Flobots. "It was so encouraging to see how many supporters we had. It felt important for us to raise our voices publicly on this issue. We reject the idea that excessive violence by our own paid public servants is inevitable or acceptable, and we want to start the process of transformation here in Denver. " But while the protest was peaceful, plenty of commenters are still sounding off on the subject.

See also: Police Brutality Protesters Hold "Die-In" at Cherry Creek Mall

Jesse offers this from Thomas Jefferson:

"I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Unsuccessful rebellions, indeed, generally establish the encroachments on the rights of the people which have produced them. An observation of this truth should render honest republican governors so mild in their punishment of rebellions as not to discourage them too much. It is a medicine necessary for the sound health of government."

Responds Scott:

I respect the right of any individual or group to protest something they feel strongly about, however, the recent events that have led to these protest and demonstrations would not be seen if the individuals that inspired them had not acted in such a criminal manner. Do not attack an officer, attempt to steal his weapon, punch him in the face, or swing your arms about while slapping at the arresting officer's hands -- and you will not suffer at the hands of the officers and their weapons. I do feel every citizen has the right to video any altercation between the public and law enforcement, as this action only serves to document to true events of a situation.

And John Wayne Claybaugh concludes with this:

I wish the protesters would have used blankets to cover up with. Then they could be arrested because of the camping ban.

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