As protests break into riots across the country following the lead of the "Black Lives Matter" movement, city police are being forced to respond to maintain order in their communities while being severely hampered by constraints placed on them by officials frightened of negative publicity.

The nation watched as the city of Baltimore erupted into violence after mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake gave protestors "the space to destroy" following the death of a black man in police custody in April. The mobs used that "space" to  injure at least 20 police officers, damage or destroy 250 businesses, and set 150 vehicles and 60 structures ablaze. The disorder required deployment of the Maryland Army National Guard to restore order and resulted in 250 arrests.

Protesters with similar mayhem in mind learned the meaning of the well-known bumper-sticker slogan: Don't Mess With Texas when they attempted to shut down I-35 in Dallas by laying down on the interstate at 9:45 pm.

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The highway runs the entire length of the country from Duluth, Minnesota to the Mexican border in Laredo, Texas and is the major arterial through Dallas, carrying heavy traffic through the heart of the city of 1.2 million people.

When the Ferguson-inspired protestors took to the pavement, Dallas police swept in en masse and promptly and peacefully put an end to the show that threatened both the lives and safety of not only drivers on the interstate, but the protestors, as well.

Traffic was impeded for only a few minutes before the protestors were dispersed without incident; just six protesters were arrested.

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The highway "sit-in" on the  highway in Dallas mirrored one that closed the same interstate, I-35, nearly one-thousand miles to the north in Minneapolis where protesters used the same tactic to draw attention to themselves.

Police are charged with protecting citizens – even, as in this case, when the citizens put themselves in danger. City officials like Baltimore mayor Rawlings-Blake and Bill deBlasio in New York have hamstrung their police departments to "accommodate" protesters and avoid negative publicity, which has all-too-often resulted in riots, property damage and injuries.

Dallas suffered none of those consequences by simply allowing the police to do their job.

h/t: QPolitical

 

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