For the last few weeks, protests have popped up on overpasses across America, demanding the impeachment of Barack Obama. Though such peaceful protests are protected by our nation’s First Amendment, the predictable result has been that some protesters have been harassed by law enforcement under the flimsy pretense of causing a public safety hazard.
A video has surfaced, courtesy of Infowars.com, that shows an example of free speech in Obama’s America:
Protesters in St. Charles, Missouri, were arrested on Saturday, August 17th, 2013, when they politely refused to disassemble the protest that they were staging on a freeway overpass. The officers admitted that the protesters had not done anything unlawful, but claimed that their presence created a safety hazard for motorists.
The protesters offered to move the protest further down the street, but the arresting officer, Highway Patrolman Jenkins, refused the office. “No, we’re just going to have you guys exit the overpass,” Jenkins replied.
The situation escalated as protesters politely reminded the officer that they had a First Amendment right to free speech. Officer Jenkins restated his request for the protesters to leave and when the protesters clarified that it was simply a request, they declined to leave. “You can come with me,” Jenkins immediately replied.
“What gives you the authority to order me around on a public sidewalk?” the cameraman asked. “Do you recognize that I’m a peace officer? I asked you and told you that you need to leave,” the officer stated.
When the second protester asked the officer what law they were breaking, the officer asked him if he wanted to go to jail. After the protester called the abuse “tyranny,” the officer arrested the first protester for failure to comply with an officer. Jenkins then put protester into a chokehold and brought him to the ground while the cameraman asked, “Is that necessary? He’s not resisting!”
Immediately after, the cameraman was arrested as well. The duo was held in the St. Charles County Jail for 24 hours for failure to obey an order from an officer and resisting arrest.
The First Amendment reads: (underlining added)
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”
While anyone should feel free to agree or disagree with the beliefs of the protesters, the First Amendment guarantees a right to protest peacefully. This video comes at a time when America is deeply polarized. It comes at a time when the IRS is targeting political groups that disagree with the Obama Administration’s policies. It comes at a time when the NSA monitors the phone usage of millions of Americans without a warrant and as journalists who are critical of the Obama Administration are targeted for abuse while compliant “journalists” are offered access and stories.
In Obama’s America, the Bill of Rights is endangered and freedom of speech is a thing of the past- an obsolete relic that does not apply to speech that is critical of this regime.