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Qtec
07-20-2004, 10:27 AM
Council apologizes to anti-Bush protesters



CHARLESTON, West Virginia (AP) -- The Charleston City Council apologized Monday to two protesters who were arrested for wearing anti-Bush T-shirts to the president's July 4 rally at the West Virginia Capitol.

Nicole and Jeff Rank, of Corpus Christi, Texas, were removed from the event in restraints after revealing T-shirts with President Bush's name crossed out on the front and the words "Love America, Hate Bush" on the back.

Trespassing charges were dismissed last week. On Monday, the city council adopted a resolution to apologize.

"If Nicole and Jeff Rank did nothing other than peaceably exercise their right of free speech and expression as guaranteed by our Constitutions, they should not have been arrested or charged with a crime," the resolution states.

"The City does hereby apologize to Nicole and Jeff Rank."

There was no official count for the vote, but it appeared to have bipartisan support.

Mayor Danny Jones, a Republican, backed the resolution written by Councilman Harry Deitzler, a Democrat.

"We support our police department," Jones said. "But we regret this happened, and quite frankly we want to put this behind us."

Trespassing charges were dropped Thursday after a judge determined that city ordinances do not apply to Statehouse grounds.

Jones had earlier said the city officers who filed the trespassing charges were acting under the direction of the Secret Service, but a spokesman for the Secret Service denied the agency was involved in the arrests.

Efforts to reach the Ranks were not immediately successful Monday night.



Is it now an offence to demonstrate against GW?

Q [ this is not an isolated incident]

eg8r
07-20-2004, 10:35 AM
[ QUOTE ]
Is it now an offence to demonstrate against GW?
<hr /></blockquote> Did you even bother to read the article you quoted? [ QUOTE ]
Trespassing charges were dismissed last week. On Monday, the city council adopted a resolution to apologize.

"If Nicole and Jeff Rank did nothing other than peaceably exercise their right of free speech and expression as guaranteed by our Constitutions, they should not have been arrested or charged with a crime," the resolution states....Mayor Danny Jones, a Republican, backed the resolution written by Councilman Harry Deitzler, a Democrat.

"We support our police department," Jones said. "But we regret this happened, and quite frankly we want to put this behind us."

<hr /></blockquote> The one line in the article that bothers me is... [ QUOTE ]
Trespassing charges were dropped Thursday after a judge determined that city ordinances do not apply to Statehouse grounds. <hr /></blockquote> Why did the judge take the easy way out and dismiss the charges in this way (this happens way too often). Why didn't the judge say the charges were stupid and he was dropping them?

eg8r

Wally_in_Cincy
07-20-2004, 10:54 AM
I say throw those Godless communists in the deepest darkest cell you can find and throw away the key.

j/k /ccboard/images/graemlins/crazy.gif

Qtec
07-20-2004, 11:44 AM
Do you ever check out anything.
Of course they werent 'trespassing'. eg,

"Jeff Rank said the couple did not go the Capitol with the intention of being arrested. They are supporters of presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry, but wanted to take advantage of an opportunity to see Bush and "give him a fair hearing."

"We certainly did not expect to be arrested for expressing our freedom of expression," Jeff Rank said.

He said they were not protesting in any other way than simply wearing the shirts and did not said anything.

Law enforcement officers told the couple to take the shirts off, cover them or get out. When they refused and sat down, they were arrested. They then stood and accompanied the police, said Charleston Mayor Danny Jones.

The Ranks said they have not protested at other political events and do not have any immediate plans to do so again.

"We’ll continue to exercise our right to free expression when we see fit. We’re not professional protesters," Jeff Rank said. "We’re going to get on with our lives and go back to Texas and get jobs."

Get it now? They were nothing more than an embarrasment.

Q

Cueless Joey
07-20-2004, 11:50 AM
Wow, is George Bush directly involved in this?
Is Clinton responsible for the Branch Davidians getting toasted?
Btw, you can protest Bush anytime here. Hell, a movie was shown to slander him and he didn't even sue.

eg8r
07-20-2004, 01:18 PM
My post was in response to your quote (loosely paraphrased) "When did it become an offense to demostrate". It isn't not an offense as your article points out. The charges were dropped. Was that not clear for you? The Republican in the article even mentioned he was sad all this had happened and issued an apology.

eg8r