Tuesday, January 25, 2005

F--- Free Speech

Shasta Bates disagrees with President Bush. She's so upset she reportedly has a bumper sticker her truck which says Fuck Bush. When a man flagged down a local policeman, Sgt. Michael Karasek, and showed him the bumper sticker, the officer demanded the anti-Bush bumper sticker be removed or he would throw Ms. Bates into jail. He repeatedly made the threats even though City Attorney Cole Finnegan, when contacted later, said he didn't believe there were any city ordinances against such a sticker. The U.S. Supreme Court decided decades ago that such language was permissable, particularly when expressing a political viewpoint. Denver police have initiated an investigation into the threats against Ms. Bates.


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