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ELECTION: Destroying signs is suppressing political speech

Letter by Fred Albert, Edgewood on Sep. 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm with 4 Comments »
September 17, 2012 12:43 pm

I have posted a sign supporting who I think is the best person to represent the people in the new 10th Congressional District. It was a 2-by-3-foot sign posted on our private property. This sign had been up since July. On Saturday night, this sign was cut up and destroyed.

I contacted the candidate’s headquarters and got a replacement the following day. This morning (Monday), as I left for work, I saw that this new sign had been destroyed in the same fashion.

I don’t know what the motive is and frankly don’t care; the result is the same. These actions result in the suppression of my right of political speech. If anyone knows who has done this you need to step up and report them to the Edgewood Police Department at 253-798-4721 (press 1; the reference case numbers are 12-260-0398 and 12-261-0313).

Leave a comment Comments → 4
  1. 1. You wasted police time on this? Really?
    2. Are you sure you don’t belong to an association that doesn’t allow signs. I do and if I see a sign, I take it out and recycle it.

  2. charliebucket says:

    My opinion is that people destroying others’ political signs on private property is trespassing, vandalism and immature. But I do not think it qualifies as suppression of the right to political speech. If the government came by and removed your (legal) signs, well then, maybe, your rights are being infringed…but until then, I don’t think so.

  3. MyBandito says:

    Fred- Thank you for not politicizing this frustrating problem by indicating which candidate you prefer. These things happen when the over zealous misbehave. Keep the faith. Maybe it’s just kids.

  4. 1. You wasted police time on this? Really?

    Theft, trespassing, and vandalism are all crimes.

    2. Are you sure you don’t belong to an association that doesn’t allow signs. I do and if I see a sign, I take it out and recycle it.

    Glad I don’t belong to your association and very happy I’m not your neighbor.

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