POLICE SEIZE ANTI-OBAMA SIGN FROM CHIP HARRISON’S TRUCK …

Posted on February 20, 2009. Filed under: News And Politics... |

 
Sign of the times…
 
It seems everything we do and say today is misconstrued as a threat against Obama.  There have been numerous anti-Bush signs, pictures, jokes, videos and bumper stickers for the past eight years and there was no outrage, but God forbid should someone say anything derogatory against the mighty Obama.  In reality, the anti-Bush bumper stickers and signs that I have seen make an "abort Obama" sign look like a happy birthday card.  Why all the outrage?  This anti-Obama outrage is only creating more outrage!  This country is in bad enough shape without the black population going ballistic every time Obama is cast in a negative light.  The sad part of this whole mess is that everyone bows down to them and now we have a very "Stepford"-like country.  I’m wondering why the media isn’t publishing the names of the officers who pulled Chip Harrison over.
 
Where was the outrage when the following "hate" bumper stickers started appearing on cars and trucks:  "Kill all the Jews", "Hitler didn’t finish the job", "Kill Bush", "Behead infidels who mock Islam"?  The people who sport these stickers should have been punished severely!  Where was all the public outrage then?  The only time Al Crapton and Jesse Jackass get outraged over civil rights violations is when the civil rights are violated against blacks only.  They get angry even when it only "appears" as though blacks’ civil rights are violated, with no concrete evidence.  They create their own misery, and now they’re dragging America down with them.  How sad for us.
 
This country is starting to take a Socialistic turn.  For decades, there have been numerous political cartoons casting the sitting president in a negative light, numerous late night jokes about presidents, but because we now have a black president, you can’t say one word against him.  What the heck is going on?  Our freedom of speech is now being taken away from us, violating the First Amendment.  When is enough…enough?  I’m sure the people who voted for this clown are now sorry they did, but will never admit their mistake…
 
QueenBee
 
 

Did a police seizure of an ‘abort Obama’ sign violate the first amendment?

 
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OKC officer pulls man over for anti-Obama sign on vehicle

By Bridget Nash, Staff Writer

An Oklahoma City police officer wrongly pulled over a man last week and confiscated an anti-President Barack Obama sign the man had on his vehicle.

The officer misinterpreted the sign as threatening, said Capt. Steve McCool, of the Oklahoma City Police Department, and took the sign, which read “Abort Obama, not the unborn.”

Chip Harrison said he was driving to work when a police car followed him for several miles and then signaled for him to pull over.

“I pulled over, knowing I hadn’t done anything wrong,” Harrison said in a recent phone interview.

When the officer asked Harrison if he knew why he had been pulled over, Harrison said he did not.

“They said, ‘It’s because of the sign in your window,’” Harrison said.

“It’s not meant to be a threat, it’s a statement about abortion,” Harrison said.

He said he disagrees with the president’s position on abortion.

“I asked the officer, ‘Do you know what abort means?’” Harrison said. “He said, ‘Yeah, it means to kill.’ I said, ‘No, it means to remove or terminate.’”

Harrison said his sign was to be interpreted as saying something like: Remove Obama from office, not unborn babies from the womb.

The officers confiscated Harrison’s sign and gave him a slip of paper that stated he was part of an investigation.

Harrison said he later received a call from a person who said he was a lieutenant supervisor for the Internal Investigations Department and wanted to know his location and return his sign to him.

According to Harrison, the supervisor said the Secret Service had been contacted on the matter and had told them the sign was not a threat to the president.

Harrison was asked if he would like to file a complaint. He said he was not sure but would take the paperwork, just in case.

But his run-in with the law wasn’t over yet.

“The Secret Service called and said they were at my house,” Harrison said.

After talking to his attorney, Harrison went home where he met the Secret Service.

“When I was on my way there, the Secret Service called me and said they weren’t going to ransack my house or anything … they just wanted to (walk through the house) and make sure I wasn’t a part of any hate groups.”

Harrison said he invited the Secret Service agents into the house and they were “very cordial.”

“We walked through the house and my wife and 2-year-old were in the house,” Harrison said.

He said they interviewed him for about 30 minutes and then left, not finding any evidence Harrison was a threat to the president.

“I’m still in contact with a lawyer right now,” Harrison said. “I don’t know what I’m going to do.”

Harrison said he feels his First Amendment rights were violated.

McCool said the officer who pulled over Harrison misinterpreted the sign.

“We had an officer that his interpretation of the sign was different than what was meant,” McCool said. “You’ve got an officer who had a different thought on what the word ‘abort’ meant.”

McCool said the sign basically meant Obama should be impeached and it was not a threat.

“(The officer) shouldn’t have taken the sign,” McCool said. “That was (Harrison’s) First Amendment right to voice his concern.”

McCool said although the sign should not have been confiscated, the situation was made right in the end.

“We always try to do the right thing and in the end we believe we did the right thing by returning the sign,” McCool said.

Enid Police Department Capt. Dean Grassino said such an incident most likely would not have occurred in Enid.

“We wouldn’t pull over anybody for a bumper sticker or a sign like that unless it was a safety issue,” he said.

Grassino said a safety issue would be a sign that obstructs the view of the driver.

“We wouldn’t do it based on the views of the bumper sticker or sign,” Grassino said.

If a sign was undoubtedly a threat to the president, Grassino said it is not within the jurisdiction of the city police to handle that and the FBI or the Secret Service would be called before any action was taken.

 

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