The Denver police arrested citizens en masse on Denver's streets by saying they resisted orders to disperse the Minneapolis police arrested kids in their own ******* houses after kicking down the doors without proper warrants for "conspiracy" to riot violently based upon remarks from paid police informers. That smells of the same tactics used in the 60's by COINTELPRO.
The FBI used four main methods during COINTELPRO; in Minneapolis it sounds like the same thing happened.
That is the difference.
1. Infiltration: Agents and informers did not merely spy on political activists. Their main purpose was to discredit and disrupt. Their very presence served to undermine trust and scare off potential supporters. The FBI and police exploited this fear to smear genuine activists as agents.
2. Psychological Warfare From the Outside: The FBI and police used myriad other "dirty tricks" to undermine progressive movements. They planted false media stories and published bogus leaflets and other publications in the name of targeted groups. They forged correspondence, sent anonymous letters, and made anonymous telephone calls. They spread misinformation about meetings and events, set up pseudo movement groups run by government agents, and manipulated or strong-armed parents, employers, landlords, school officials and others to cause trouble for activists.
3. Harassment Through the Legal System: The FBI and police abused the legal system to harass dissidents and make them appear to be criminals. Officers of the law gave perjured testimony and presented fabricated evidence as a pretext for false arrests and wrongful imprisonment. They discriminatorily enforced tax laws and other government regulations and used conspicuous surveillance, "investigative" interviews, and grand jury subpoenas in an effort to intimidate activists and silence their supporters.
4. Extralegal Force and Violence: The FBI and police threatened, instigated, and themselves conducted break-ins, vandalism, assaults, and beatings. The object was to frighten dissidents and disrupt their movements. In the case of radical Black and Puerto Rican activists (and later Native Americans), these attacks"including political assassinations"were so extensive, vicious, and calculated that they can accurately be termed a form of official "terrorism."
Maybe we just have different ideas about the First Amendment, meaning I believe in the right to free speech and public assembly and you don't, but to arrest a man for alledging to protest even though there has been no actual protest, let alone violent one sounds like something that the communists did in Russia and the Chinese do today.
Here's the text it was in the constitution you alledged swore to uphold
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. ”
What appalls me about you right wing whackos is that you applaud this type of behavoir ONLY IF it is done to your political foes, but scream like murder about when it is done to you (see Ruby Ridge, or Waco). The point being that in a republic that which the state can readily do to one side it can also readily do to the other. Yet for political infighting you have lost track that the real enemy is NOT your political foe but the abuse of power by the state itself.
That is the fundamental reason why that the ACLU, chocked full of New York Jews decided to support the Nazis who were banned from marching in the Village of Skokie, Illinois.