Since the loose agglomeration that calls itself Black Lives Matter came into existence in 2013, a dilemma for law enforcement has been how to deal with protesters who break the law by doing stupid and dangerous things like blocking highways.
Different police departments and prosecutors in different locales have handled the issue in different ways. In your left-leaning communities, the authorities simply watch the protesters blocking the roadway and sympathize with their cause. In blue, blue Massachusetts, as an example, protesters who blocked traffic on the interstate, which included an ambulance rushing an 82-year-old man to the hospital, were not only spared jail time but refused to apologize.
In the more centrist locales they grin and bear the nonsense for fear of being labeled racists and exacerbating the problem.
Then there are the right-leaning communities, like Richmond, Va., where those who break the law by blocking a public roadway are promptly arrested, charged, tried, convicted, and sentenced to jail.
As reported by The Daily Caller, activists associated with the Black Lives Matter movement will see the inside of a jail cell after blocking a highway during a protest in July.
The Richmond protest, which falls into a long line of recent race-related protests and riots, occurred on July 18, and was likely set off by the police shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile that month.
Thirteen protesters blocked Interstate 95 and chanted “Black Lives Matter!” and “No justice, no peace, no racist police!” They shut down traffic during rush hour, but not for long, as police showed up and made arrests within an hour.
They all pleaded guilty to illegally blocking traffic Monday and were sentenced to five days in prison.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch compiled a list of the protesters, and only one is actually from Virginia’s capital. Six were from different cities in Virginia, and six others were from different states altogether — with some coming from California, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey.