Peaceful protests are a right, and a necessary way to get the attention of public officials, according to legal analysts. But there is a time and a place to protest, and it appears Philadelphia was not the place to stage a peaceful protest against racial profiling and police brutality over the weekend. Two protesters were in cuffs at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, for assaulting a police officer. According to Philly.com, about 40 protestors stood around listening to speakers talk about police tactics. The young speakers don’t believe police department’s serve the good of the people. The speakers also think police departments are havens for corruption. And they are a training ground that fuels a distaste for citizen rights, and a huge waste of taxpayers’ money, according to one protestor. Another protester said the police are rotten to the core, and another said she doesn’t talk to any pigs, especially the pigs in a blue uniform. About 30 police officers were on the scene outside the convention center to make sure the crowd didn’t erupt into a violent group.
The Philly protest comes as law enforcement officials meet in the city of “Brotherly Love” to attend a conference for the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Major Cities Chiefs Association. Jeff Sessions, the U.S. Attorney General, was the main speaker at the conference. Sessions is announcing his plan to combat gang violence, according to the Department of Justice. Sessions is also on a mission to stop the sale and distribution of marijuana in states that have legalized marijuana for medical conditions. But Sessions wasn’t at the convention to talk about his plans to restrict gay rights or the marijuana use. His speech on October 23rd might include those topics, but Sessions may stick to the original format, according to a source close to the Attorney General.
Another weekend Philly.com article talks about a training class for people who want to run for public office. According to the article, three groups are hosting a free training class in November. The class will teach people how to raise funds, file documents, and how to campaign for a political position. The three groups participating in the classes are Philadelphia 3.0, Crowdpac, and the Committee of Seventy. But the author of the article is not a public office fan, so the piece was more about the pitfalls that develop from running for office rather than the positives that may come from holding public office. Philadelphia and other big cities are feeling the pressure from the Donald Trump win, according to city officials. And that pressure may reach a boiling point before Trump leaves office, according to those officials.