This letter and this newspaper are protected by the First Amendment. This freedom of speech and expression are not however free and they require us to live by a set of laws to protect those who come forward to speak out. This freedom must be defended at all costs and although it is very unsettling to watch live broadcasts of marchers calling for the death of law enforcement personnel they are protected also. Our finest, in Shelton and in every community are the thin blue line between the civility that we enjoy and complete chaos and a breakdown in our society both physically and mentally. I don't condone these protesters behavior and find it reprehensible when many of those who they claim are victims were thugs and criminals.