On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress declared that the 13 former British colonies in America were now the United States of America and independent from British rule. The Declaration of Independence declared that humans have self-evident rights by nature and contained a list of abuses of those rights perpetrated by the British crown upon the citizens of the former colonies. On July 4, 1776, Massachusetts was already a battle ground. The British navy blockaded the port of Boston in response to the Boston Tea Party. Colonists rebelled against the Intolerable Acts and attempts by the British to seize colonists’ arms and powder.
Massachusetts was the powder keg that sparked the American Revolution, the end product of which is the self-ruling country of the United States of America.
In Massachusetts this year, the Massachusetts State Police added to the celebration in Boston by offering a tribute to the brave fallen men who stood up for the right of the British crown to impose its despotic will on the citizenry of Massachusetts.
The state police announced days before the event that they would be reenacting the abuses perpetrated by British redcoats. According to their press release:
July 3rd and 4th on the Esplanade: What You Can Bring, and What You Cannot
To ensure the safety of all visitors to the Esplanade, the following rules will be strictly enforced for the rehearsal concert on July 3 and the concert and fireworks show on July 4. Unless noted below, no backpacks, shopping bags or similar type containers may be carried onto the Esplanade, and all carried items are subject to inspection. Please note the new regulation requiring bicycles.
1. No coolers on wheels.
2. No backpacks.
3. No firearms, weapons, sharp objects or fireworks.
4. No glass containers.
5. No cans.
6. No pre-mixed beverages.
7. All liquids will be carried in sealed clear plastic containers not to exceed 2 liters in size.
8. No grilling, propane tanks or open flames.
9. No Alcoholic beverages.
10. No bicycles will be allowed through the checkpoints into the Oval or Island/Lagoon areas. Bicycles are allowed throughout the rest of the venue but must not be left unattended. Bicycles attached or locked to security fences, poles, or other structures may be subject to removal. No bicycles will be allowed through the checkpoints into the Oval or Island/Lagoon areas. Bicycles are allowed throughout the rest of the venue but must not be left unattended. (This measure is being enacted for public safety and crowd management in the event a speedy evacuation becomes necessary at the Esplanade.)
1. Pop up Tents/Canopies with no sides - maximum size 10’ x10’.
(Above for July 4th only; No Tents/Canopies allowed on July 3rd).
2. Blankets or tarps no bigger than 10’ x 10’.
3. Folding/Beach Chairs only.
4. Coolers, which must be carried in by shoulder strap or single handle (no wheeled coolers).
5. All personal items must be carried in clear bags only.
6. After inspection, Small clutch bags/purses may be taken into the venue with the clear bag.
Many of the items are not illegal to carry and are not illegal to have in Boston public areas. Police are now simply enforcers because their actions are not tied to the laws of Massachusetts.
The state police detained and searched citizens without warrants, arbitrarily prohibited the transport of items, blockaded public ways, and banned the carry of weapons for citizens while being heavily armed themselves. The FBI and many other enforcement agencies joined them.
The blockades were similar to the ones run a few months ago for the Boston Marathon. This is expensive security theater that serves little safety purpose and is questionably legal at best. NECN released a video on the Esplanade policing, and managed not to get their bag blown up by the police this time:
The public streets and parks of Boston belong to the citizens of Boston not the Massachusetts State Police. The shame here is the state police don't have tea shipments to toss into the harbor. Are our rights any less evident than our forefathers?