Protester: “Did you take an oath to follow the Constitution?”
Police Officer: “Yes I did”
Protester: “This used to be America”
Police Officer: “It ain’t no more”
The below video was taken on Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 at Rep. Jim Moran’s (D-VA) Town Hall meeting on Obama Deathcare (Howie Dean was there too) held at South Lakes High School in Reston, Virginia, in Fairfax County.
Many people were left outside when the school filled to capacity. Fairfax County School Police Officer Wesley Cheeks, Jr. did not approve of a protester’s anti-Obamacare poster (shown above) which used one of the “Joker” graphics.
Watch the video below and see what happens when Officer Cheeks sees the anti-Obamacare poster.
Good example of content based discrimination. Yes, the public school used for a public town hall may be a limited public forum, under First Amendment case law, and there may be regulation of the general use of signs (maybe) during the event, but any such regulation of how someone expresses their speech must be applied equally to all, and when you target a particular sign for its content, while letting others alone who also have signs, that is discrimination against that speech (the sign) based on its content, rather than simply prohibiting all signs. That is known as “content based discrimination” in legaleese, and it is unconstitutional.
It looks pretty obvious that this officer just didn’t like the message of the sign and was targeting the content of this protesters speech.
If you would like to file a complaint, go here:
He is a security officer employed by the Fairfax County Public Schools.
You may go to
http://www.fcps.edu to contact the School’s Department of Communication and Community Outreach concerning this matter. They may also be reached by phone at 571-423-1200.
The head of the security department at Fairfax County Public Schools is Fred Ellis. His email is email@example.com and his phone number is 703-658-3763”
Let them know that, contrary to what their officer thinks, this is STILL America, the Constitution has not yet been scrapped, the First Amendment still applies, and their oath requires that they respect the right to free speech of all Americans, even when the officer does not like the speech. The First Amendment does not just protect speech the officer on the scene agrees with, and he is not free to implement his own mini-constitutional suspension zone.
Be polite, but firm. Don’t use profanity, but let them know that as an Oath Keeper, you don’t appreciate the oath breaker they have on staff.
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