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THE HILL: Police half-baked in Kerry protest? (DC Chapter anti-Kerry Bake Sale)
The Hill ^ | April 22, 2004 | Albert Eisele and Jeff Dufour

Posted on 04/21/2004 10:02:11 PM PDT by tgslTakoma

Police told a group of conservatives affiliated with FreeRepublic.com to cease a mock bake sale they held in front of John Kerry’s D.C. campaign headquarters last weekend.

The small, pro-Bush rally was held to counter MoveOn.org’s “Bake Back the White House” bake sale last weekend, which the liberal organization claims brought in $250,000 from 1,000 bake sales around the country. The proceeds will help fund anti-Bush ads.

Kristinn Taylor, who helped organize the FreeRepublic gathering, said since the law prohibits a group like MoveOn from “co-ordinating” with the Kerry effort, it couldn’t hold a bake sale in front of headquarters. So FreeRepublic decided to go there to needle the Kerry campaign.

Not long after members of the group set up on the sidewalk, said Taylor, the Kerry people came out to try to get them to leave. “They hid behind building security,” he said, “but every time security came out, the Kerry people were right behind them.”

After a few minutes of back and forth, he said, one of the campaign workers said they’d call the police.

The Kerry campaign denies that. “It wasn’t us,” said a campaign worker familiar with the situation. “Police came, but not on our urging.”

After police arrived some time later, there was some confusion as to why the group had to be moved. The people couldn’t be ticketed for an improper protest, as they were under the 25-person threshold, said Taylor, nor were they selling anything.

The cops finally settled on a charge of “occupying a public space without a permit” due to the protesters’ two card tables. Despite the protesters’ request, cops refused to issue a $50 ticket.

“The Kerry people were outside monitoring it the entire time,” Taylor said.

D.C. Police did not return a call seeking comment.


TOPICS: Activism/Chapters; Free Republic; US: District of Columbia; US: Maryland; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: bakesale; dcchapter; dcpolice; kerry; kerryhq

1 posted on 04/21/2004 10:02:12 PM PDT by tgslTakoma
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To: kristinn; Angelwood; Trueblackman; staytrue; TBP; Jimmy Valentine's brother; BufordP; ...
PING!!
2 posted on 04/21/2004 10:03:21 PM PDT by tgslTakoma (Still waiting for my paycheck from Mr. Scaife...)
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To: tgslTakoma
The Kerry campaign denies that. “It wasn’t us,” said a campaign worker familiar with the situation. “Police came, but not on our urging.”

It seems we have a pattern here doesn't it? Hillary and Kerry don't allow people who disagree with them to have rights.. Welcome to socialist America.

4 posted on 04/21/2004 10:10:36 PM PDT by ladyinred (Kerry has more flip flops than Waikiki Beach)
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To: tgslTakoma; Doctor Raoul; JohnHuang2
Judge Dredd as a Freeper: "We ARE the news!"
5 posted on 04/21/2004 10:10:44 PM PDT by GeronL (Cornell: Hotbed of Liberal Fascism!)
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To: vishnu6
Our report on the FReep and photos of bake sale items is here.

Kerry's peeps are not too tolerant, that's for sure!

:-)

6 posted on 04/21/2004 10:11:21 PM PDT by tgslTakoma (Still waiting for my paycheck from Mr. Scaife...)
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To: BillF; nutmeg; Jimmy Valentine; pjb819; YourAdHere; mhking; ALOHA RONNIE; RonDog
Ping!
7 posted on 04/21/2004 10:34:02 PM PDT by tgslTakoma (Still waiting for my paycheck from Mr. Scaife...)
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To: tgslTakoma; Embedded Freeper; Sabertooth
BUMP
8 posted on 04/22/2004 12:04:38 AM PDT by GeronL (Cornell: Hotbed of Liberal Fascism!)
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To: tgslTakoma
The cops finally settled on a charge of “occupying a public space without a permit”...

Pretty creative. I don't suppose there's some sort of city ordinance the police could cite denying access by the public to "public" places??? But what the hey; it is DC.

FGS

9 posted on 04/22/2004 12:35:51 AM PDT by ForGod'sSake (ABCNNBCBS: An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly.)
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To: tgslTakoma
In thinking about the incident and my tagline, perhaps the next time you could have a tape recording handy to show that you were invited by the candidate himself. After all, he did say "Bring it on!"
10 posted on 04/22/2004 5:20:10 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (He says "Bring it on!!" Then when you do, he says, "How dare you!! ")
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To: ladyinred
What's funny is the small numbers of protesters it takes for them to get bent out of shape. Lord help us if we ever turn out in the numbers of the left.
11 posted on 04/22/2004 6:09:16 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: ForGod'sSake
I haven't looked into the specific charge, but I'm sure it's on the books somewhere. The Kerry people put the police in a bad spot. They had to respond to the call and had to take some kind of action.
12 posted on 04/22/2004 6:11:16 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: NonValueAdded
That's a very good point. I think we'll use that next time, if not on tape then on a sign.
13 posted on 04/22/2004 6:12:44 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: tgslTakoma
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.

How many of these rights were violated by the people working for the US Senator from MA and the Police Department of the one city in America that is directly under the control of Congress?

14 posted on 04/22/2004 6:19:10 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (Let your light so shine before men....)
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To: ForGod'sSake; tgslTakoma
The cops finally settled on a charge of “occupying a public space without a permit”...

the next time the freepers hold a protest in front of the Kerry HQ they should just dress up as homeless people and and go to sleep on the sidewalk. Lets see if the DC police do something about that?

15 posted on 04/22/2004 6:22:43 AM PDT by P-Marlowe (Let your light so shine before men....)
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To: P-Marlowe
Free speech rights are for Harold Ickes' and George Soros' 527s. Not us little people.
16 posted on 04/22/2004 6:43:02 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: tgslTakoma; Matchett-PI; gonzo; oldglory; MinuteGal; Mustang
FReep complete!

Great work, DC Chapter!!

FloRida FReeper FRegards!

17 posted on 04/22/2004 6:51:51 AM PDT by mcmuffin (I'm back! (Where's Jesse Jackson!))
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To: tgslTakoma
Thanks for posting the link to the pics - what a hoot!
18 posted on 04/22/2004 1:16:11 PM PDT by JLO
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To: vishnu6
Eins, zwei, drei, vier! March away, you who oppose the New Kerry Order!
19 posted on 04/22/2004 2:43:08 PM PDT by Guy_on_the_Course
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To: Guy_on_the_Course
BUMP
20 posted on 04/22/2004 6:03:27 PM PDT by Palladin (Proud to be a FReeper!)
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To: mcmuffin; Matchett-PI; oldglory; MinuteGal; Mustang
***FReep complete!

Great work, DC Chapter!!

FloRida FReeper FRegards!
17 posted on 04/22/2004 9:51:51 AM EDT by mcmuffin (I'm back! (Where's Jesse Jackson!)) ***

Oh no, not again................FRegards
21 posted on 04/24/2004 3:05:29 AM PDT by gonzo (http://www.freerepublic.com/images/demo.gif)
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To: kristinn
WHICH NEEDS TO HAPPEN . . . NEEDS TO HAPPEN WELL BEFORE 4 NOV
22 posted on 04/24/2004 3:12:16 AM PDT by Quix (Choose this day whom U will serve: Shrillery & demonic goons or The King of Kings and Lord of Lords)
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To: tgslTakoma
"We had them removed, before we didn't have them removed..."
23 posted on 04/24/2004 6:32:10 AM PDT by atomicpossum (Hobbits offer only Tolkien resistance.)
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To: ladyinred
ReptHillary and Kerryon are liberal nazis.
24 posted on 04/24/2004 9:07:02 PM PDT by BrucefromMtVernon
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To: kristinn
The cops finally settled on a charge of “occupying a public space without a permit” due to the protesters’ two card tables. Despite the protesters’ request, cops refused to issue a $50 ticket.

OK, Kris, help me with this one: You all wanted a citation, but they wouldn't issue one. What actually would have resulted in a ticket?

25 posted on 04/25/2004 12:06:34 AM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Just because I don't think like you doesn't mean I don't think for myself)
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To: L.N. Smithee
We could have challenged the ticket in court. The officers would have had to testify. The D.C. police has gotten alot of grief over how they treat protesters so the officers didn't want to go on the record with the ticket.

Also, because the Kerry campaign was involved, they had to do something to placate them so they gave us a lax order to shut down.

26 posted on 04/25/2004 5:10:31 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: ladyinred
The Kerry campaign denies that. “It wasn’t us,” said a campaign worker familiar with the situation. “Police came, but not on our urging.”

Don't worry.

Next week they will admit to calling the police.
27 posted on 04/25/2004 5:14:14 AM PDT by sport
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To: tgslTakoma
What an excellent idea. Every area in the country should have a bake sale to cook Kerry's 'half baked ideas'.
28 posted on 04/25/2004 5:14:39 AM PDT by Dustbunny
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To: mcmuffin
Good to hear from you again. It's been a busy month, with more to follow.
29 posted on 04/25/2004 5:15:04 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: tgslTakoma; kristinn
Typical Dumbocrats. Absolutely no sense of humor. In fact, just plain no sense of anything!
30 posted on 04/25/2004 3:43:58 PM PDT by holyscroller
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To: tgslTakoma
< snicker >

Way to go, DC Freepers!
31 posted on 04/29/2004 9:25:56 AM PDT by kimmie7 (Thank God for Soldiers!)
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To: tgslTakoma
Right. The Kerry campaign did not call the police. What a crock.
32 posted on 04/29/2004 6:35:36 PM PDT by freekitty
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