Lives at home with parents, blocks traffic
Last Thursday protesters exploiting the #BlackLivesMatters movement as an excuse for anarchy blocked traffic on Route 93, a key highway leading into Boston:
Protesters affiliated with the activist group Black Lives Matter carried out their most audacious and disruptive demonstration yet in the Boston area Thursday, blocking the largest highway into the city, snarling rush-hour traffic, and stopping an ambulance in its tracks.
In a pair of coordinated surprise actions that angered commuters, the protesters formed human barricades on Interstate 93 north of the city in Medford, and south, in Milton. Some put barrels filled with concrete on the highway and chained themselves to them. Twenty-nine protesters were arrested.
The well-organized protests were carried out on Martin Luther King’s birthday by activists calling attention to the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police in Missouri and New York.
The protesters are being prosecuted, more vigorously than usually happens, perhaps because at least two ambulances had to be rerouted due to the traffic jam.
The local CBS affiliate tracked down a couple of the protesters. (h/t John Cardillo Twitter)
Like this guy, who was in the Featured Image:
Part of the story was that they objected to being approached at home.
But the part I noticed was that at least two of the three protesters whose homes were visited lived at home with their parents.
Who would have thunk that?
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McKenna needs to join the Army (The U.S. Army, not ISIS).
He needs to wash his hair. Do you have any idea just how dirty a white persons hair has to be for dreads?
Why would you wish any such thing on the US military?
What makes you think the Army WANTS him? The Army has standards, you know.
This is Soros’ doing, but the FBI is busy investigating Bridge-gate.
Of course the FBI won’t investigate, Soros is Obama’s puppet master.
he needs a dose of basic and ait.
and a bath!
Bean town is quickly becoming Beanie Town.
Does anybody have an idea how those cement-filled barrels work? I cannot figure out how they could cause injury simply by being moved. Of course if the idiots with their arms in there went limp and got dragged along, maybe. But that would be their fault.
Looks to me like they cut two opposing holes in the barrel and ran a pipe between them, then filled the barrel with cement. Then two people put their arms through and handcuffed themselves to each other.
Idea is that the police can’t easily cut the cuffs, and can’t easily move the barrels.
It’s frankly a form of slow suicide, even outside squatting in the middle of traffic. Why these people aren’t under psychiatric observation is a mystery.
I think a chainsaw would work in that situation.
We’re going about this wrong.
Don’t detach them. Use a Bobcat or forklift and move the barrel to the side of the road. Take care not to injure the protestors, of course, we don’t want yet more lawsuits. Once the barrel is a good 50 feet off the road, deposit in the wet snow and grass. Repeat until the road is cleared.
Then walk away. Leave a watcher to ensure that the protestors don’t bring their own moving crew.
Okay, protestors, you want to sit outside on a cold winter day chained to a barrel? There you go. You figure out how to get unchained.
Back in the day we used to hear about cement shoes. This just makes me feel old. I was so worried about these barrels accidentally falling in the harbor. 🙂 Someone thought long and hard to come up with this. MIT?
I’m still trying to figure out why some enterprising citizen didn’t just mosey up to the barrels and kick them over before the police got there. It should only weight about 650 lbs, so it might take some levering, but shouldn’t be impossible for one person to do. I used to push 1000lb pallets of parts around the factor floor in another life when I couldn’t find a pallet mover when they only needed to go 10 feet or so, so while it’s more dense, the center of gravity should still be pretty decently high in order to tip it.
Both protesters shoulders get broken in the process, given the way they seem to be connected, and the likelihood is while they’re writhing in pain, one causes the barrel to roll onto the other, so we can get one dead by the other, and the live one can stand trial for manslaughter (unless impeding an ambulance is a Felony, in which case then the Prosecutor can go for Felony Murder).
But, I suppose that your idea of moving the barrels off to the side works as well. You just have to make sure that they can’t uncuff themselves from inside the barrels, which they probably can and have probably practiced somehow. Even insane people usually will think through “well, what happens if….” scenarios where they need to figure out how to get themselves out of something, even if they don’t want anybody else to be able to do it.
(Yes, I have an evil streak, and have no qualms about letting people writhe in pain if they’re being entirely stupid. If you don’t like that… I don’t care).
If either of the patients died could the protesters be charged with manslaughter?
Depending on state and local laws, I think felony murder charges could only apply if someone dies, including an accomplice, from any cause, as a result of your committing a felony. A wrongful death suit is always an option.
How about a class action suit for those who suffered economic loses? That might put a dent in some trust funds.
Depends on if blocking an ambulance is a felony. Remember, it’s not just the act itself, it’s the collateral consequences.
Here’s the audio from Jeff Kuhner’s Friday show on WRKO. Noah, an Occupy Boston douche bag, lives in daddy’s $1.5M home on a private way in Jamaica Plain.
Noah’s proud daddy, Tim, is a commie, too. Communism has been good to Tim and Noah.
In Life magazine’s 25th Anniversary of Woodstock issue, the erstwhile author of “The Strawbwerry Statement” was quoted to the effect of “Turns out it’s hard to reject capitalism when capitalism rejects you first…”
Can’t they put them in that white can and have the sanitation department come by later and dispose of both?
What would happen if the police, or some other municipal department, simply moved the manacled protesters out of the way and left them to fend for themselves? How long would it take for the protesters to decide that maybe they made a bad decision?
Or move them to the beach at low tide and see how quick they are at locating the keys to the handcuffs.
I’d love to watch each and every one of those protesters die. That’s not a bad thing to say, is it? After all, based on the photos, every one of them seems to be white. Their lives don’t matter to me.
I wonder if the protesters ever get punished.
Article says this protest will be more vigorously punished than previous ones. Which seems a bit of a giveaway.
Looks like little trustafarian Baby Jesus is a road apple that didn’t fall far from the tree-
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Don’t post personal contact info., even if people can find it on their own on the internet. Thx.
When you have lost the use of your brain you are left with Barrels of monkeys.
Fine them to the maximum extent of the law. The government needs the revenue.
Even better, make them liable for the cost of removing them from the highways, plus any and all losses their little stunt caused to all the citizens affected by the traffic jam.
All the previous punishments are far too weak. I say we should make them get jobs.
If these people actually managed to think, they’d realize how utterly counter-productive their actions are. Blocking the road will not win friends and allies, it will make enemies. And, blocking ambulances carries with it a reasonably foreseeable risk of causing serious injury or death. They should be prosecuted to the limits of the law for this high risk behavior regardless of their cause.
Is anybody else kind of worried that they were able to get a large number of cement filled barrels on to the road without anybody noticing and stopping them?
I mean, they’re BARRELS. Not sneakable. If they can manage that, what happens when someone gets something that’s actually good for offense?
I did like the headline here – makes it obvious that the protesters were unemployed slackers, still supported by their parents, and their protest was keeping the people supporting them from going to/from work.
Does “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” give anyone ideas how to handle suck protests in the future?
It would take only 1 or 2 one-armed protesters to put an end to this crap, pronto.
I was thinking more along the lines of bulldozers to remove the barrels. If these guys wanted to remain attached, so be it. They would only do it once.
How does one go to the bathroom while chained to a barrel?