Ferguson: Rioters, not protesters

08/22/2014 9:08 AM

08/27/2014 11:46 AM

Re "Ferguson protests prove transformative for many" (Aug. 23): When will the American media learn to distinguish between lawful protesters and rioters? The law-abiding people of America have the right to protest, according to the First Amendment. The rioters have no right to loot, burn and destroy property. Yet somehow the television news and newspaper articles continue to lump the two together.

The headlines scream that protesters destroyed stores and looted from local businesses. The real protesters are not the guilty parties. These are everyday citizens who have come out to voice their opinions on a matter, as is their right. The rioters, however, are nothing but miscreants who hide under the cloak of the protests to break the law.

It's time for the media to distinguish between lawful assembly and unlawful activities and report the news accurately.

-- Eileen Glaholt, Sacramento

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