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Who threw the first punch? Did the crowd abuse the right to assemble by getting unruly and inciting a riot? If so, their right to assemble was trumped to protect the safety of the public. Did the police use too much force and aggression when there was no clear threat of violence? If so, the police violated many of the protesters’ rights.

Either way, what’s unfolding in Ferguson is an example of the anarchy that erupts when the lesser links in the Freedom Food Chain swallow the greater links. Let’s hope and pray that order is restored quickly.