-THE AMERICAN PROSPECT, 22 MARCH 2016, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:
Until now, violent outbreaks at Donald Trump rallies have raised questions mostly about the obstreperous billionaire’s role in inciting aggression; whether Bernie Sanders encouraged protesters, as Trump alleges; and whether anti-Trump agitators or pro-Trump supporters have been to blame.
But the political skirmishes that follow Trump wherever he goes also spotlight another group of players whose actions may put the First Amendment on a collision course with public safety: the police officers, private security details and Secret Service officials struggling to keep the peace. The confused and overlapping roles of Trump’s various law enforcement escorts have made it tough to assess exactly what has happened at various rallies. And it’s put some police officers at legal risk, particularly if it turns out that the Trump campaign has been asking them to eject people without cause. <Read More>