Editorial: Protest tactics speak for themselves

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Last week the case against four Black Lives Matter protesters charged with disturbing the peace on Jan. 14 was delayed again, this time until January 2016.

The charges stem from the protestors blocking traffic in Kelley Square for four and a half minutes.

In April, it was announced that City Manager Edward M. Augustus Jr. and Police Chief Gary Gemme attempted to reach a compromise. As long as the group agreed not to block public streets in the future, the city would not bring charges.

The group rejected the compromise on the premise that agreeing meant yielding their constitutional rights to free speech and peaceful assembly, a claim that seemingly flies in the face of the choice of Kelley Square as the protest point. This is a point that the American Civil Liberties Union recognizes.

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