ACLU: did the Crystal Lake Police Department violate the First Amendment?
Submitted by admin on Fri, 08/24/2007 - 09:20
Someone call the ACLU!
An event by the Illinois Minuteman Project scheduled for Saturday has been canceled after the Crystal Lake Police Department demanded a $3,500 payment for security costs from the hotel where the event was to be held.If the event had been scheduled for a public location, I'm pretty sure the PD's actions would be unconstitutional. I don't know whether because the protesters were going to be in a public area means that their decision was likewise unconstitutional.
Regardless of how one feels about the Minutemen, the request by the police department is inappropriate. The Minutemen were planning to hold a private event on private property at the Holiday Inn in Crystal Lake. The supposed security need was for protesters – the McHenry County Peace Group – who were going to be on public property near the event...