Group Stands Up for Their First Amendment Rights, Cops Back Down

By: Joshua Cook
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A group of South Carolina State Senator Lee Bright’s supporters were confronted by the police while conducting a sign wave at major intersection in S.C. A quick-thinking organizer was reminded of a similar situation reported on Benswann.com and used it to get police to back down and to not require the peaceful group to leave.

According to organizer, Dianna Belsom, “The police tried to make us leave because we didn’t have a permit to be on a public sidewalk for two hours to wave signs for a candidate we are trying to elect.”

Belsom said that she recalled seeing a video about an anti-Syrian strike protest where  protesters were confronted by permit-requesting police. In the video, protesters had a simple answer for police. And that answer was echoed by Belsom:

“I told him we have a First Amendment right to be on a public sidewalk.”


Belsom said the police left and returned, and then required the group to remove a chair and other things the officer deemed as an obstruction.

“He then told me that as the ‘organizer’ if anyone got hurt I was liable, the Bright campaign would not want us out there (a lie) and that we were hurting our candidate by being there,” she explained. “At any rate, we stayed till 5 p.m., which was the set time we had to end.”

Belsom declared the event a victory.

*Author’s note: Cops don’t have anything better to do than harass peaceful citizens practicing free speech? Good for this group standing up for their rights. I’m pleased to hear that an article from BenSwann.com helped remind them of their God-given and Natural Rights. We need more examples like this reported. Sadly, the MSM will not. That’s why independent journalism is on the rise! Have a similar story? Please share. Email me at [email protected]

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  • Chris D

    sorry POPO, even the MRAPS wont be enough. its 330 million to 2 million. So play nice

  • http://www.conservativenewjersey.com/ Richard Zuendt

    Just for a matter of record, you do not need a permit to hold a demonstration on a side walk. The only thing you cannot do is impede anyone’s passage on that sidewalk. I had this problem occur when we held demonstration at the Basilica in Newark NJ when the Catholic church was trying to close our parish school.
    I got into it with about 2 dozen Newark cops including an Assistant Chief. He couldn’t back me down and he knew I was right even though the Archbishop wanted us gone and even sent one of the monsignors over to speak to the Chief. Don’t ever back down on anything like that!
    One other little tidbit if you ever need it. That little space of grass between the sidewalk and the street is public property. The homeowner or business is required to maintain it, but you have as much right to be on it as you are to be on the sidewalk. Don’t let them tell you that you have to move from it. Just tell the police that if free passage is needed on that property you will be more then willing to move.

  • Steven W Long

    Props to them for knowing how to handle these situations!! I hope they do more of them, we need Lee Bright in the US Senate. Lee Bright is a solid liberty/conservative candidate and he has a 100% voting record in the SC Senate. He is the kind of man we need in DC to help Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, and Mike Lee!! http://www.BrightforSenate.com

    • Paula Harris

      We do need Lee Bright at the federal level but not to help the neocons mentioned. We need him to fight them at every step. I would have supported Rand Paul at one time but he does NOT have the mindset of Ron Paul. If you listened to him recently, he falling into step with the neocons. Not good.

  • Ory Browne

    can anyone say police state. where are your papers?!

  • http://semperfiwebdesign.com/ Michael Torbert

    Even better would be if, rather than claiming a government-given first amendment right to be on the sidewalk, they’d claim a natural right to liberty that doesn’t aggress against another person or property. I realize that would have taken longer to explain to the cops.

    • 7LibertyForAll

      First Amendment was not “given” to the people. It was simply enumerated with the other nine to emphasize their importance.

  • J. Nev

    “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.” -Galileo

    JFK assassination: Secret Service Standdown
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY02Qkuc_f8

    Israeli attack on USS Liberty (US Navy ship)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRZSzdQuOqM

    Five Dancing Israelis Arrested On 9/11
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRfhUezbKLw

    Bush Caught Lying About September 11th
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sm73wOuPL60

  • LetsTryLibertyAgain

    Dear South Carolina,

    If you replace RINO Lindsey Graham with Lee Bright, we’ll replace RINO King Mitch McConnell with Matt Bevin.

    Love,

    Kentucky

  • Tim

    What strikes me as particularly interesting is how the Police that spoke to the event organizer was trying to “get political” in his advice about the candidate the protesters supported. What this tells you is that the Police are WELL AWARE about WHY they were out there and FULLY INTENDED to disrupt that crowd’s attempt to promote their political candidate.

    Do you suppose the Police in that area are told by elected politicians in the establishment to “give problems” to anyone who is not sanctioned by the 2 major parties? It sure does look like it. Just like the IRS and the ATFBE as well. These “assaults” on these citizens who believe in Liberty and don’t subscribe to the 2 major parties, are CALCULATED and INTENDED assaults against the rights of these people. Those in power are, without a doubt, using law enforcement to subjugate people politically or face persecution.