I think you're drawing a false equivalency. And again, if the government would prefer large gatherings not take place (as I am sure they do), then would you prefer the move to shut them down? I guarantee no government agency or police force (here) would look at the pros and cons and decide thats the smart move.
Ive been firm that I believe large gatherings are not wise. But just as firm that these protests are a force of nature borne out of hundreds of years of anger and frustration, triggered, finally by events both small & large. Its organic and its historic. So do I feel empathy for people hurt by the restrictions? Yes. My family has been hurt by the restrictions. I feel worse for people of colour and understand more their need and desire to do this.
And quite frankly, if you disagree with them your issue isnt with them. How many cities around North America are open? Beaches packed. Vacation destinations open. Casinos etc. Are they more deserving of gatherings than the protests?