Utah Association of Counties...
The Police frisked us on the way to a protest. That impedes free speech!
A funny thing happened on the way to the demonstration.
What would you have done? We sued. They lost. And I received this check.
The occasion was a protest against animal cruelty at the "Olympic Rodeo", held near Salt Lake City USA, during the 2002 Winter Olympics. The police would not let us protest until we had been searched. The lawyer, Brian Barnard, got paid and so did each of us. Here's my check.
It's not the money, it's the principle.
We received "tuition" for giving a lesson on free speech.
It took more than one year to receive this check with the able insistence of Mr. Eric Ward who is the Administrative Director and Treasurer of the Utah Animal Rights Coalition. Thank you, Eric!
The Boring Details...
February 12, 2002
Brian Barnard Link - I N M E M O R I A M Brian Barnard
Utah Legal Clinic
214 East Fifth South Street
SLC UT 84111
On Saturday, February 9, 2002 I arrived in Farmington, Utah, at dusk, at the venue where the Olympic Rodeo was to be held, in the company of several like minded acquaintances, for the purposes for demonstrating legally and peacefully against animal cruelty. A permit had been granted and an area had been set aside for this purpose. I think that besides the organizers of the demonstration, our group was the first to arrive.
We arrived by car and were ushered into a parking lot which was quite some distance form the Olympic Rodeo event venue, but first a sheet of paper was thrust into our car window. It was a statement of prohibited activities and items which were prohibited at the demonstration. As our group attempted to walk to the demonstration area, we were accosted by several uniformed officers who insisted on searching our clothing and belongings before we were allowed to continue. I was asked about some items that I might have in my possession. Against my will, I was made to open my outer garment and officers touched my clothing and the contents of my pockets.
After we arrived at the venue, police presence was quite intimidating, especially because of the platoon of mounted police cavalry, which patrolled the protestors’ area. I left the area when the cavalry arrived.
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 10:12:08 -0600
From: "Brent Gardner" <Bgardner@uacnet.org>
Subject: Utah Assocation of Counties
To those responsible for this message:
As much as you are concerned about law enforcement that impeds free speech, we are concerned about organizaitons and/or individual's that falsely idenify the Utah Assocation of Counties as a party to this event. If you will note correctly the payment you received came from the "Utah Assocation of Counties Insurance Mutual." That is an entity that is legally and totally seperate from the Utah Assocation of Counties. It's actions pertaining to delayed payments are competely independent of the Utah Assocation of Counties. We request that you correct the information on your web site and [sic] remove any reference to the Utah Assoation of Counties.
L. Brent Gardner
Executive Director [!!]
Utah Assocation of Counties
There are twelve, count them, twelve misspellings in your short email, including 5 instances of misspelling the word association including one where you can't even spell your alleged title correctly, bub. Who are you really, and why do you bother to bother me? How old are you, anyway? What Mormon school did you escape from, BYU?
I can't correct your spelling AND then remove it, as you say, because that would make no sense!
You can translate this page:
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