Black Lives Matter protesters are learning pretty quickly about the medium between the First Amendment right to assemble, and the need for an ambulance to get trauma patients to the hospital as quickly as humanly possible. So, when you decide to protest in the middle of a road when there are people who are in life or death situations..you’re going to get run over. Like this guy, who didn’t listen when his parents told him not to play in the street. BOOM! That’ll show ’em!
VIA BLM demonstrators have taken to streets, roadways and even interstate highways to protest what they claim is targeting of black men by white police in a series of interactions across the country that turned violent when suspects failed to comply with police orders.
But while the First Amendment guarantees the right of assembly, it leaves road laws up to state statutes that pretty much frown on crowds blocking the streets and highways that people use to get to and from work, appointments and, on occasion, in case of emergency.
Although organized marches have brought traffic to a standstill across the nation, some BLM protesters have been struck while standing or wandering in the middle of roads, as seen in numerous YouTube videos, and the traffic-blocking tactic took a dangerous turn this week when protesters shut down an interstate bridge in Memphis trapping a family with a sick child on the way to a local hospital.