Glad to see this idiotic tactic has been pointed out to be nothing more than police harassment:
A federal judge ruled on Monday that the so-called five-second rule, a police tactic sporadically used in Ferguson, Mo., that required demonstrators to keep moving while they protested, is unconstitutional.
“The practice of requiring peaceful demonstrators and others to walk, rather than stand still, violates the Constitution,” Judge Catherine D. Perry of District Court wrote in the ruling.
The judge added that law enforcement “must be able to use the full range of lawful means to control crowds and to protect people and property from acts of violence and vandalism.”
Protests in Ferguson have persisted in smaller numbers since the death of Michael Brown, 18, on Aug. 9. Mr. Brown was shot by Darren Wilson, a Ferguson police officer, a killing that prompted weeks of demonstrations and a response from the police that included tear gas and rubber bullets.
Yelling “Keep moving! Not that way! Hold still! Keep moving!” while pointing semi-automatic weapons and aiming sniper rifles was pretty obviously a pretext for arrest and to end people’s rights to protest, or, if the cops got lucky, a chance to shoot someone and cash in on some of that sweet, sweet, racist wingnut money. It won’t be missed.