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Just folks, redux

Dadahead posted a link to a story of two vegans who ran afoul of the Department of Homeland Security because they were protesting outside a Honey Baked Ham retail outlet.

After the protest, the duo noticed they were being watched and photographed by a man in an unmarked car. They approached the car and wrote down the make, model, color and license plate number on a piece of paper. They then noticed the unmarked car was following them.

According to the ACLU suit, the car contained both a uniformed police officer and an undercover detective, later identified as Homeland Security Detective D.A. Gorman. The two pulled in behind Childs and Freeman and ordered them to exit their car.

Gorman then demanded that she turn over the piece of paper on which she had copied his license tag number. Childs refused to hand the paper over, and was handcuffed.

She was searched a male officer, despite her request to be searched only by a female officer, the ACLU says.

Both Childs and Freeman were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct. Police confiscated the piece of paper and Childs’ house keys. Both were released from custody, but neither the piece of paper nor the keys were returned. The county has not pursued a criminal case.

The ACLU has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of the two vegans:

The ACLU argues that by stopping and detaining Childs and Freeman for no legal reason and then refusing to tell them why they had been pulled over, Detective Gorman and the DeKalb County Police Department deprived them of their right to be secure in their person and to be free from unreasonable search and seizure. The officials’ actions violated the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments of the federal and state constitutions, charged the ACLU.

Welcome, readers, to Bushie’s America, where we’re all just folks. It’s right and good, in these parlous times, to fear and loathe anyone who stands out.

Vegans are not “just folks.” Especially vegans who carry hand-made posters and protest outside of retail outlets. That’s not how we do things in Bushie’s America. That kind of commie crap went out the window on 9/11/2001. Everything changed on that day. If you’re not willing to be “just folks,” then you had better keep your head down and keep your fucking cake-hole shut, or else you will be considered a threat to Homeland Security until proven otherwise.

Filed under: Political by dumpendebat at 2005/10/01 - 17:56

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