Free Speech Earns a $300 Fine
What happens when a government official attempts to use his or her positional authority to silence a critic of the government? Isn’t this the very reason for the 1st Amendments protections of free speech in the first place?
In the City of Stockton, critique of the situation that led to the city’s 48th homicide in 2015, appears to have boiled over to the point that a government official has resorted to using the power of government to intimidate and punish someone expressing their opinion about the City’s Police and Leadership.
When that line is crossed, what should the response of the City Government be? And do people realize the similarities between the British soldier of 1773 and the situation in Stockton?