The Tax-Day Tea Party: A Party Crasher?
The person in the center of the picture was holding an offensive sign that made reference to Timothy McVeigh. The serious-looking gentleman in the cool shades on the left side of the picture is a Rhode Island State Police officer.
Several different times, Tea Party members attempted to hold their own signs directly in front of the McVeigh sign. The state policeman informed them that they couldn’t do that, the guy in the center of the picture had just as much right to stand there and hold a sign as anyone else.
The conclusion: Our state police officers do great honor to the concepts of peaceable assembly and freedom of expression in the performance of their duties. Where else in the world do the police take this part of their job as seriously as the Rhode Island State Police did today?