Denver is trying to get ready for the DNC and the ACLU steps in to muddy things up.
**ACLU Files Federal Suit Over Convention Protests **
May 2, 2008 10:14 am US/Mountain
DENVER (AP) ― Colorado’s office of the American Civil Liberties Union filed a pre-emptive lawsuit on behalf of potential protesters during the Democratic National Convention in Denver.
The suit seeks to put pressure on the U.S. Secret Service and the city of Denver to release plans for dealing with protesters and protect demonstrators from being unfairly separated from the convention.
Cage-like areas for protesters – made of concrete barricades, netting and razor wire – were used to control crowds at the 2004 convention in Boston, and the ACLU said it hopes to prevent their use.
“The ACLU has filed suit to ensure that law enforcement’s concerns about security are not allowed to override or undermine the First Amendment right of the people,” ACLU legal director Mark Silverstein said in a release. “We are asking the federal district court in Denver to take immediate steps to ensure that what happened in Boston in 2004 will not be repeated in Denver this summer.” …
With all of the talk of riots the city is trying to make sure things are safe for the convention attendees, protesters and citizens as well.
There is an addition story from the Rocky Mountain News: