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  •  "Might" beats (or tases) "Right" 99% of the time (24+ / 0-)

    Being in the right doesn't really help much when you're "accidentally" dead or maimed.    The latest cop dodge is refusing to recognize credentials from other jurisdictions.  So if your pass is OK'd by SFPD, and OPD breaks your ribs, that's your tough luck.   I'd have better luck claiming benefit of clergy, as I did get a dodgy ordination years ago.  

    And if you're a journalism student on a class assignment, you're not a real journalist and therefore not protected in any way, even if some activist Federal judge says you are.  In theory all journalism students need is an ID (we had them laminated, too) but in practice the cops can let their jerk flag fly.   The only people they hate more are defense attorneys, but they rarely get an excuse to assault them.  If I have anything to say about it, the stories of Oakland PD and Yusuf Bey and the "Riders" will never, ever die.  Its not just the brutality, it's the criminality.  

    "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold...The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity" -W.B. Yeats

    by LucyandByron on Mon Nov 21, 2011 at 04:52:06 PM PST

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    •  ok, I'll take my original question to a new level (7+ / 0-)

      So...why should the press expect or recieve any special dispensation to begin with?

      To be sure, the is freedom of the press guaranteed by the first amendment, there's no need for a press pass to establish it, not for events in public. All that takes to establish it is the intent to record and publicize what happens.

      The protesters who are making this news to begin with are out there with no more protection than their rights to speech and assembly, nobody's handing out passes to them.

      The only reason "press passes" exist for events in public is so the 1% can put their representatives on location without risk.

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