Epidemic of power abuse amongst local authorities as America sinks deeper into police state
Paul Joseph Watson
Friday, August 26, 2011
Ron Paul supporter and anti-drug war activist Ronnie Reeferseed was hauled away from an Austin City Council meeting and banned for a year for stating his name in a mildly satirical manner, in yet another example of how local officials are increasingly engaging in petty power trips to oppress the free speech rights of American citizens.
The video shows Ronnie introducing himself before Mayor Lee Leffingwell snarls, “you will stop there, step back, your time is up,” and gestures for police officers to come and remove him from the podium.
Ronnie stated his satirical pseudonym in a, God forbid, mildly satirical manner, but the reaction of Leffingwell and the goons who removed him from the podium was a despicable and thuggish overreaction.
When other citizens present at the council meeting start to vocally complain about Ronnie’s treatment, Mayor Leffingwell calls for order and then threatens them, “sit down, be quiet, or you’ll be next.”
Ronnie was subsequently banned from attending Austin City Council meetings for a year for violating Leffingwell’s “rule of decorum,” by merely stating his name.
Mayor Leffingwell has led an attempt to restrict citizens’ free speech at council meetings by creating a new rule that a person can’t speak on more that three agenda items per session.
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Leffingwell’s behavior is typical of the increasing trend of local officials who have forgotten that they are servants of the people and their job is to represent and hear out concerns of local residents, not boss them around.
In Quartzsite Arizona last month, Jennifer Jones was hauled away from a council meeting and arrested for criticizing Police Chief Jeff Gilbert , who later had the council declare martial law as a result of the bad publicity generated by the incident.
Also last month in Gould, Arkansas, the City Council moved to ban all gatherings and groups, no matter how small, from discussing city matters without prior permission from the authorities.
In an incident reported by Infowars this week, Republican Congressman Steve Chabot had cops grab the cameras of constituents during a town hall meeting in Cincinnati Ohio.
Watch Alex Jones’ reaction to this incident in the clip below, as well as an interview with Ronnie Reeferseed himself. Ronnie points out that the council meeting room was packed with police, indicating that they had planned to haul him out ahead of time.
Paul Joseph Watson is the editor and writer for Prison Planet.com. He is the author of Order Out Of Chaos. Watson is also a regular fill-in host for The Alex Jones Show.