Activist confronts Cop trying to intimidate her
Published on Oct 15, 2014
A Saint Louis community police officer calls the employer of a local activist @stacksizshort in an attempt to intimidate and cause her to lose her job.
From St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
St. Louis police officer under investigation following call to protester’s employer
ST. LOUIS • Internal Affairs is investigating a police officer who called a woman’s employer to discuss her involvement in Ferguson protests.
Leigh Maibes recorded a phone conversation with Officer Keith Novara on a YouTube video in which she questions why he called her boss regarding her involvement and Twitter posts about police tactics used during protests.
In the video, she says Novara called and texted her boss, a real estate broker, on Tuesday, about her tweets.
Novara responds that he was giving the broker a “heads up” because he is a south St. Louis business owner, and communicating with them is part of his responsibilities as a South Patrol officer. Novara can then be heard saying that he was warning Maibes’ boss that the phones at the business might be “blowing up,” from people upset about Maibes’ tweets.
Maibes says in the video that beside Novara, her boss only received one phone call from a woman who complained.
The St. Louis Police Officers Association released a statement in response to allegations that Novara tried to “intimidate a local activist.”
The union’s business manager Jeff Roorda said it has hired an attorney specializing in First Amendment rights to represent Novara.
“It is confounding to us as an organization of law enforcement professionals that apologists for the so-called ‘peaceful protestors’ in Ferguson and the Shaw neighborhood defend throwing bricks, bottles and rocks at police officers as ‘freedom of speech or freedom of expression,’” the statement reads. “Then, those very same people feign righteous indignation when a police officer who is fed up with the corrosive, anti-police rhetoric that this particular agitator has made in a public forum on social media, exercises his freedom of speech and freedom of expression in a truly peaceful manner.”
In the release, Roorda says Novara and other officers have received death threats, had threats made against their children or have been subject to cyber-attacks.
“All of this for the mere act of setting the record straight on public statements made by people spreading irresponsible lies and calling for violence against the police,” he wrote. “Police officers are not second-class citizens. They enjoy First Amendment rights and every other right that is enjoyed by every other citizens and we will aggressively defend those rights to our last breath.”
Stephen Deere of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report
Christine Byers is a crime reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
How in the holy hell can a police officer call a citizen of The United States Of America’s employer to inform that employer that their employee is practicing her 1st amendment rights…in hope of getting said employee fired…..for practicing her 1st amendment rights? I’m confused. When did America become The United States Of AmeriKKKa?
When did law enforcement agencies in AmeriKKKa decide they have the right to harass and intimidate American citizens who use their Constitutional rights? You see this Ferguson war is a lot deeper than race. It’s not Black against caucasian but instead is freedom & liberty against slavery & control and violation of The United States Constitution.
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The First Amendment (Amendment I) to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion, impeding the free exercise of religion, abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights.
Ms. Leigh Maibes, aka @, has every right under the 1st amendment of the Constitution, to protest peacefully, to transmit a live stream covering the peaceful protest in Ferguson, Missouri (especially since main stream media can not be trusted to report fair and accurate news) and not have her employment in jeopardy while she does so.
If this is permitted to happen to her, it indeed will happen to you, me and any American citizen who has need to protest injustice in AmeriKKKa. Show Your Support For Ms. Leigh Maibes, aka @ as she battler Officer Keith Novara and the entire South Patrol/Ferguson/St Louis Police Department.
I’d rather die on my feet, than live on my knees.
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