Freedom of speech does not include destroying someone's property. I'm amazed by the fact the police officers stood by... they should have their badges taken away and kicked off the force, that is a disgrace.
As for the morons that did this, I doubt they were practicing their free speech, more like hatred toward America. I'd be happy to help pay for them to move out of the country forever.
There is legal precedent for what you are saying muddy. It's actually public property once it is left there...if the city chooses not to allow it to be left there, then legally speaking what the vandals did would be akin to playing kick the can. However, the fact that the city has allowed the memorial to stay instead of cleaning it up themselves, means they accept it as part of the landscape and therefore it is public property as much as a park swing, or a stop sign. Hence, what they did was vandalism of city property.
The First Amendment guarantees freedom of speech. But, this is not speech, it is action. And, it's violent and criminal action to boot.
The Fourth Amendment guarantees the right of assembly. Peaceful assembly. This was by no means peaceful.
Those that would vandalize and destroy to make their point, on either side, deserve whatever they get. They crossed the line.
Wow. Thats the first thing that you have said that I agree with. I am floored.
"Wow. Thats the first thing that you have said that I agree with. I am floored."
I'm not terribly surprised.
Idiots...I don't get it. What are they accomplishing by destroying that?
how did they not do something when they performed an action that involves destroying people's property. But yet they arrested a man who wore a peace shirt that was sold in the same mall??? What is wrong with this picture?
Reader: what you didn't read about that guy with the peace shirt is that he was harrassing customers and vendors about the war. He was asked to leave by security. After not leaving the police were called.