(Disclaimder: GUARDIAN is in Thailand working on erratic WIFI, so this may be old news)
When the legislature proposed a draconian law to clear the old courthouse lawn of Occupy Boise protesters, they included a clause that would classify their property as “litter” and destroy it.
Both Boise’s Top Copper, Mike Masterson and Super Trooper colonel G. Jerry Russell sent a letter to the Occupy folks thanking them for their civility during the protest.
Masterson told the GUARDIAN it was a tip from an Occupy protester that led to the arrest of the North End Tire Slasher, indicating the members are not “bad citizens.”
Here is the BPD stance if the legislation is passed:
If law enforcement is truly at the front line of safeguarding peoples liberties and rights then we (BPD) have an obligation to speak out and not wait for the courts to tell us they got the law wrong and thus our
subsequent actions were wrong as well. For this reason, I have advised the state we will not be participating in any activity associated with the removal of property should it come to that.
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