The Sideshow Spectacle: Alameda County’s Crackdown on Onlookers

In Analysis by Michael Rae

In a controversial move aimed at curbing the escalating issue of sideshows, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors has taken a bold step by passing an ordinance that criminalizes onlookers, penalizing them with hefty fines and potential jail time. While the concern over sideshows and their undeniable negative impact on public safety is justified, the decision to target mere spectators raises serious questions about the legal validity and efficacy of such measures.
Sideshows, characterized by the reckless display of automotive stunts, have long plagued the streets of Alameda County, particularly in Oakland, the county seat of Alameda. These events often involve

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