Philly's Free-Speech Face-Off

For Philadelphia, playing host to the Republican National Convention is a high-stakes venture, and last week's videotaped arrest of a suspected carjacker has intensified the national spotlight on the City of Brotherly Love. No one wants to see a repeat of the mass arrests, property destruction and wanton use of tear gas that occurred during demonstrations against Seattle's World Trade Organization meetings last year. Now Philadelphia police will not only be under pressure to be firm if street chaos erupts while the G.O.P. is in town but must also be civil at the same time.

To help the police, local politicians...

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