Constitution? What Constitution?
This idiot is going to cost the city money in First Amendment judgements one day:
- Activists against the city's red-light cameras are accusing the Chicago Police Department of trying to "bully" and "politically intimidate" them during a recent protest at 119th and Halsted streets.
Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras posted a video online recently which shows a police sergeant calling protesters' signs blasting the camera program and local politicians "slanderous" and then threatening to arrest at least one demonstrator.
According to group member Scott Davis, about 25 to 30 protesters were standing on the sidewalks at the four corners of the intersection holding signs and passing out fliers opposing red-light and speed cameras last month.
One hand-lettered sign said, "Got Tickets? Blame Austin," referring to Ald. Carrie Austin, whose 34th Ward is where the intersection is located. Other signs called out Ald. Howard Brookins (21st), Ald. Anthony Beale (9th) and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
[...] One officer, Sgt. Herbert Brown Jr., called the protesters over to one of the corners, they said.
He then began speaking to the group, according to the video filmed by a protester and posted on YouTube.
[...] "Because all of these slanderous signs — you understand what I'm saying," Brown can be heard saying on the video. "That's not what we're about. This sign about Beales [sic], this sign about the mayor. You have to have a permit to do this."
In the video Davis can be heard saying, "We have a permit — the U.S. Constitution."
Around that time Brown takes his handcuffs off his belt and threatens Davis with arrest, asking loudly, "You want to go into the [police] station?"
"I'm ready to go," Davis replies.
Brown later says, "All I'm saying is there's a way to demonstrate, and then there is a way not to demonstrate."
At about the midway through the video, Brown seemingly shifts gears, saying his real problem is with the demonstrators blocking the flow of traffic.
"I just say don't interrupt the flow of traffic," he said.
Maybe he should have said that first and then shut up and "monitored" the situation before reporting to his superiors. He obviously has no experience with the Constitution, the oath he took at least twice (hired and promoted), and the Consent Decree that he signed for on at least two occasions.
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