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Miami police suppressed a lawful gathering of citizens today, violating their right to petition and freedom of assembly.

Family members, human rights activists, child advocates, reporters, registered and ex-offenders from across the nation and the world attempted to gather at the Holocaust Memorial at 10:00 A.M. today in Miami, Florida for a "media event" held to draw attention and educate the public as to the injustice of current sex offender laws.

Read more here, hereand over at the Miami New Times.

If you care about civil rights and civil liberties in this country, link up and get the word out asap.


Originally posted to creepers on Sat Jun 16, 2007 at 04:31 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Can we get independant confirmation. (0+ / 0-)

    I have no doubt that what is claimed at the Smashedfrog blog could happen in this country, but this site prefers confirmation from normal journalistic sources before we promote these types of stories.

    Give me another link and I'll give you a recommend.

  •  It's too early... (2+ / 0-)
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    twalling, College Progressive

    ...the events went on through the late afternoon.

    I'll keep looking and repost an update with independent links.

  •  Thanks all...yes New Times is legit... (1+ / 0-)
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    These laws are in place because the truth about these offender laws is suppressed and not just by law enforcement, by the mainstream media.

    This is really happening.

  •  good luck (1+ / 0-)
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    I think that the laws have become obsessive and dangerous.  I was disgusted to have a friends send me a link to some site that would tell me about all the local sex offenders.  I don't need to know.  I find it all pathetic. Yes I know some offenders are unrepentent re-offenders, but not all.  
    There is nothing I hate more than a witch hunt.

  •  Snapshot of the happenings.... (1+ / 0-)
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    College Progressive

    When the group arrived at the Chamber this morning the area was inundated with police. The police stopped everyone in the area grilling them on what their business there was. They threatened the individuals in our group that if they stepped one foot on the Holocaust Memorial or touched any part of the memorial, they would immediately be arrested.

    Journalists and onlookers alike were sent away. Tom did manage to hook up with a journalist from the Miami Herald and he and our members regrouped under the Julia Tuttle causeway. They had their speech and recorded everything.

  •  uh .... (0+ / 0-)

    while I appreciate the issues about the right to assembly and all of that, you might have a hard time finding any sympathy for child molesters.  

    Just sayin' ...

  •  You are exactly the type... (0+ / 0-)

    ...that needs to be educated about what constitutes a sex offender these days...many deemed as such have never had physical contact period.

    It's as easy as typing words on screen.

    But that's not my debate today-you are either for our constitutional rights or you are not.

  •  Furthermore... (1+ / 0-)
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    If you are not reading beyond broadcast news you are living in the dark. Broadcast news has become the right arm of the government it is no longer an independent observer or reporter of what this government is doing to take mine and your freedoms, rights, liberties, and protections away.

    Those of you who do know, you understand the truth.

  •  Police Suppress Free Speech (0+ / 0-)

    Trampling on the constitution, Police on Miami Beach today stopped the peaceful assembly and blocked the free speech of people whom they do not like and whom they do not want to be here.

       A week ago I received a press release stating that two registered sex offenders, Terry Brown from Kansas (the Chairman and Founder of Hope4Tomorrow Foundation and Tom Madison from Oregon (the Executive Director of SO-Clear Media Corporation, Inc.)were coming to Miami to hold a press conference at the Holocaust Memorial. They said that they were going to talk about the counterproductive residency restrictions imposed on sex offenders and about the human rights violations and the injustice of forcing sex offenders to live outside, under a bridge in Miami.

       As a doctor who treats both victims of sexual abuse and sex offenders, I wanted to hear what these men had to say. When I arrived at the Holocaust Memorial I found marked police cars repeatedly circling the block. Finding the Memorial security guard, I asked about the press conference. He was friendly and welcoming. However, soon a man in shorts and a tee shirt (turned out he is an undercover police officer) approached me and asked what I was doing here. When I said that I had come for the press conference, he told me that the Holocaust Memorial was private property and that I would have to leave immediately. I asked why I had to leave, could I not just stand quietly at the Memorial and wait? He said, in a very threatening and intimidating manner, that he had told me to leave once and that he would not tell me again. He made it clear that, if I did not leave immediately, I would be arrested.

       Since when do the Miami Beach Police have the right to prohibit the public from listening to people whom they do not like? I found it particularly sad that this totalitarian police state behavior occurred under the shadow of the towering hand at the Miami Beach Holocaust Memorial. As a community, what are we going to do about another case of police abuse of power and prohibition of free speech here?

    Dr. William Samek
    Press Release

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