Del. Delores L. McQuinn, D-Richmond, said she had “never seen a similar police presence when guns rights advocates assemble on Capitol Square on Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.”
A sample from the latest front in “culture wars.” We see the same kind of overreacting police state in the Occupy Wall Street protests around the country. Hopefully, they won’t start casually pepper-spraying them here.
Jezebel also reports that even though protesters
“were not even remotely violent … Capt. Raymond J. Goodloe of the Capitol Police said the protest was shut down after participants refused to leave the capitol steps. He said the Virginia State Police tactical field force (read: riot police) were called in because the group was, “getting really large and we didn’t want things to get out of hand.”
Here are some photos of the concurred event, which drew more than 1,000 people.
- Abortion protesters arrested at Virginia Capitol (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Virginia Police Arrest 31 At Women’s Rights Demonstration (thinkprogress.org)
- 10 Pictures Of Riot Police At A Peaceful Women’s Rights Protest In Virginia (buzzfeed.com)