I have to wonder what went through the minds of those policemen. Who raised them and where were they educated that they lack a basic internal sense of justice or the sanctity of liberty? How could their souls not rebel at what they were doing. What made them into sociopaths more loyal to a paycheck or more obsessed with their own power than the basic rights of other people?
I realize that bicycle policemen have shrunken genitalia and are in constant pain and danger of castration because of their tight polyester shorts. They look silly and feel emasculated and that presumably fills them with rage. But I do wonder how they were trained, where their common sense was, and whether someone really gave them an order to do the one thing which would make them look like unreasonable thugs. They could easily have looked the other way and the protest would have been forgotten minutes after it happened by anyone but those directly involved. Instead, their arrests and bullying behavior got the protestors local and national media exposure and hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube.
What this incident highlights is the institutional indifference and arrogance of a government which puts the rubber stamp of a bureaucrat on a permit ahead of the fundamental rights of individuals. If you need a permit for free speech or free assembly then it is no longer free and it is no longer a right. It has become a privilege granted by the government which can also be taken away by that government. This is not what Thomas Jefferson intended at the founding of this nation and it is not what is written into the Bill of Rights.
We should be arresting the bureaucrats and letting the protesters go free as true representatives of the principles on which this nation was founded.