Free Speech Abridged in Allegan County
27 January 2012
Tonight (January 26, 2012) at Allegan High School, a local gathering was made to end after the chief of police decided it was unsafe for the others in the building. Ex-Terrorist Kamal Saleem was speaking to a group of about 150 people for about 20 minutes when the announcement was made. The attendees were shocked at the news since this event has been advertised in the area for quite some time and that there is the freedom of speech and the freedom to assemble in the United States.
When questioned what statute he used to govern his decision, he said none, just public safety. He stated that he was given information that Mr. Saleem has a price on his head and that there are many other people in the building. He said it was just common sense to have the meeting end, even though there were several police in the vicinity of the meeting room. The meeting was moved to a local business where Mr. Saleem continued his presentation. It has also been reported that CAIR contacted the school to try to shut down the event.
-Chris Schwartz, USTPM Allegan County Chair
NOTE: The USTPM would like to remind Allegan County that we have a first amendment to the Constitution. It reads, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or Abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Given the fact that this was a peaceful meeting, and that no disruption ensued at the new location, the Chief of Police in Allegan should be severely reprimanded for his inept action. He was clearly in violation of the law.