A public protest in March by residents and union members for decent jobs for residents of East Baltimore resulted in four arrests, with charges ranging from disorderly conduct to resisting arrest. But who should be defending their actions, and who should be on trial? Having participated in the rally, I was shocked to see how many police cars were present. When we exited the church where we gathered for blessings and dedication, the police cars were there and followed us along the entire rally path, while we stood in front of the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and while we stood in front of the EBDI construction site. I remembered feeling that this show of force by the police was intimidating and harassing. While we rallied outside the Hopkins hospital, we complied with their orders to lower our voices and put away the bullhorn. We moved out of the way of pedestrians and employees and students. And when they told us to disperse, we did. We made our way to the EBDI construction site and did the same. At the construction site, the police were there in full force. Several officers taunted us, telling us that we should be rallying at City Hall instead. They pushed the protesters and invited confrontation.