Our law enforcement officers need training on First Amendment rights.
St. Augustine Beach Police Commander JAMES ED PARKER admitted in his December 2015 deposition in a criminal case that he was unaware that citizens had a constitutional right to petition their governments for a redress of grievances.
Q What do you say about the first -- the portion of the stalking law that says, "This does not apply to [constitutionally] protected … speech"?
Q Well, are you familiar with the portion of the First Amendment that says, "A right to petition your government for redress of grievances"?
A No, I'm not.
Those apparently retaliatory "stalking" charges were brought eight (8) days after Mr. Rosenstock, nine (9) other citizens (including me, Ed Slavin) convinced St. Johns County Commissioners to unanimously vote 5-0 on August 4, 2015 to abolish the "First Amendment" box cabining free speech activities to a small area near the toilets, disappointing SABCA and the same day that Mr. Rosenstock thanked County Commissioners in a letter printed in The St. Augustine Record.
This would not be the first time in St. Johns County that someone was retaliated against for First Amendment protected activity -- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. wrote on June 11, 1964 to Reform Rabbi Israel "Sy" Dressner that this was the "most lawless" community in America. Local law enforcement must stop breaking the law.
St. Johns County Sheriff's Department civil process server and SABCA President WILLIAM JONES, who procured the charges, wore his St. Johns County Sheriff's Department uniform shirt to his deposition in the Rosenstock case. It was JONES falsely claimed to St. Johns County Commissioners that there were "hundreds of documented complaints" of persons engaged in First Amendment protected activity. JONES lied. There was only one (1) document (from BILL JONES himself), responding o an August 10, 2015 e-mail from then St. Augustine Beach Clerk Cathy Benson, in response to my records request 2015-267:
From: Cathy Benson
Sent: Mon, Aug 10, 2015 3:42 pm
Subject: Re: Request No. 2015-267: SABCA President William Jones evidence of "hundreds of documented complaints"