HAMMOND, IN — Police showed up in force to shut down a concert after the holographic likeness of an “unacceptable role model” was projected on stage.
HURRICANE, UT — A man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison for the contents of a letter he wrote to a neighbor, which prosecutors called a “hate crime.”
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL — Three charitable volunteers, including a 90-year-old man and two Christian ministers, were dragged away in handcuffs after illegally feeding the homeless in Fort Lauderdale.
Free speech is under attack as the federal government attempts to require permits for photography taken on land controlled by the U.S. Forest Service.
SUMMERVILLE, SC — A high school student was suspended from school and taken to jail in handcuffs after he wrote a story about using a gun to kill a dinosaur.
NORTH AUGUSTA, SC — A woman was handcuffed and taken to jail when she was accused of using prohibited language in a grocery store.
ALASKA-CANADA BORDER — A group of boy scouts on a back-country excursion were detained, searched, and threatened with arrest after one scout took a photograph of a border patrol agent. The Scoutmaster says that one of his scouts had a gun pointed directly at his head during the 4-hour ordeal.
WINDSOR, CT — Using broad powers granted under the USA PATRIOT Act, the FBI demanded that 4 librarians produce private information about library patrons’ reading habits, and ordered the librarians to remain silent about the FBI’s request under penalty of prison time.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Gubernatorial candidate Chris Holbrook was arrested for exercising his 1st Amendment rights while in a public park. He and some supporters were peacefully gathering signatures to achieve ballot access — a fundamental political freedom — but police insisted that he needed a permit and placed him in shackles.
BRIGHTON, MI — A teen was fined hundreds of dollars for using unsanctioned speech on public property, igniting a debate about the freedom of speech. After being ordered by police to leave a public park for no apparent reason, the young man let his frustration known by dropping “the F-bomb,” which resulted in government retaliation.
ALPINE, TX — Federal agents violently raided a tobacco shop, unnecessarily broke down the door, tampered with surveillance cameras, and allegedly cracked a woman in the neck with a rifle stock. In the process, they also raided a neighbor’s home, only to later cover their tracks by acquiring a warrant retroactively. The carnival of injustice was complete when witnesses were ordered to recant their stories under penalty of law.
ALLEGHENY TOWNSHIP, PA — Police arrested and charged a man with a crime because he hung an American flag upside down on his own property.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL — A charitable couple that devotes weekly time to feeding the homeless and hungry have been slapped with matching $375 fines as recognition for their acts of kindness. The town and county are deploying police to forcefully stop and punish people who privately feed the homeless because it reduces the need for government-run social services.
LIMA, OH — A man calmly stood on a street and exercised his right to record police as they performed a traffic stop. Even though he was simply a bystander and not involved in any wrongdoing, he became the subject of police scrutiny when officers wanted to confiscate his phone as “evidence.” When he politely refused, he was arrested on a charge of obstructing law enforcement — put not before being tased and hospitalized by police.
GILFORD, NH — A proactive parent was taken to jail after he voiced his concerns at a school board meeting regarding a reading assignment that contained graphic descriptions of sex. When the upset father spoke too long, violating the strict “two-minute rule,” he was placed in handcuffs and marched out of the meeting.
BATAVIA, IL — Two middle-school students are facing felony child-pornography charges after they were discovered ‘sexting.’
BUNKERVILLE, NV — A veteran cattle rancher is being besieged by the federal government in a dispute over land rights. The rancher’s family has been using the sprawling desert plains of Nevada for cattle grazing for generations, but the federal government claims that in doing so, he is trespassing — on public land. In an effort to stop him at all costs, they have deployed helicopters, heavy machinery, dozens of federal agents armed with tasers and sniper rifles, and loads of bad attitude.
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO — A man felt that he was harassed during an encounter with a police officer. While investigating a noise complaint, the cop demanded that the homeowner surrender his guns. The homeowner recorded the incident and placed the evidence online to expose the abusive government agent. The man’s act of free speech is now being censored, as he has been ordered to remove all by a court that has demanded he remove all videos, pictures, and text that identifies and criticizes the officer that wronged him.
In a bizarre case of what some are calling government-sponsored kidnapping, CPS recently punished a war veteran for recording CPS and now Child Protective Services are seeking a court order to stop the father from recording them. The two videos below are what CPS considers private and therefore cannot be viewed by the public. In an attempt to hide their inner workings from the public, CPS requested an emergency hearing for Tuesday and will be asking a Ventura County, California judge to order the removal of both videos.
BRIDGEPORT TOWNSHIP, MI — A man was dragged away in handcuffs and charged with a felony after speaking too long at the podium during a town council meeting.