Marching today from Columbia Park in North Portland to the University of Portland, there were A LOT of police officers, vehicles, bicycles, horses, atvs, you name it. Most of these vehicles and many of these people had taken over driveways and lawn space of private property owners along our parade route. I know that for most of the country there are only four Amendments to our Constitution that people talk about: the first, second, fourth and fifth (If you don't know what these are, please educate yourself!). My question is, what about the thrid amendment? You know, the no quartering of goverment troops in private homes? I saw police riding their bicycles through people's yards to get around the crowd, police eating their lunch in driveways, etc. Is this really legal? Is this right?
I know that cops feel that they can do anything that they want to do - they are, after all, above the law - but shouldn't they respect the property that they are supposedly there to protect? Could some legal eagle out there tell me if I have a point, and should we challenge the city of Portland and its nazi-cop regieme for violating yet another one of our Constitutionally protected guarantees?