Victims of Free Speech

By Christopher R Rice

I've been writing about our freedoms being slowly stripped away and there are so many glaring examples I thought that I would put some of them together for you.

1.) Student suspended after sharing picture of discolored water in school bathroom

When a student at a school in Michigan saw a problem with the water at her high school, it made her upset.

So she took a picture of the discolored water and posted it to Facebook and Twitter.

But the very picture she thought would bring about change actually got her suspended.

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I don't know but that kind of sounds like what I've been told Russia is like but this happened in Michigan, right?

2.) UC Davis student sue over pepper spray at protest

UC Davis students who were pepper-sprayed by campus police during a sit-down Occupy protest sued the officers and university administrators in federal court Wednesday, claiming excessive force and suppression of free speech.

The Nov. 18 demonstration became a rallying image for the Occupy movement around the country after a video showed UC Davis officers, one identified as Lt. John Pike, dispassionately spraying the stinging chemical into the eyes of seated students at close range.

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3.)  TV reporter fired after obscene tirade against police officer in viral video

Philly Mag reported Tuesday PHL 17 reporter Colleen Campbell was fired after she was arrested outside of Helium Comedy Club Sunday night for assaulting a police officer. The incident was caught in a now-viral video posted on social media by New York-based comedian Wil Sylvince.

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4.) NFL reporter fired for 'unprofessional' anti-Trump tweet as politics invades sports

On Saturday, NFL reporter Bart Hubbuch lost his job at the New York Post. On Monday night, he revealed why.

Hubbuch said he was fired from the Post, where he worked as a sports reporter since 2007, for a tweet comparing President Trump’s inauguration to the terrorist 9/11 attacks and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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Here's the thing, if you can fired for your tweets what good is your free speech? It's like being blacklisted in the 1950s by Joe McCarthy for being a commie. So you can have "free speech" and say anything you want but you will not be able to get work. That sounds exactly what they told us about Russia when we were too young to know any better. Truth is America is not free, we are really slaves.

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5.) Man arrested for writing 'kill that pig' about police officer on Facebook

The comment that caused the most concern. A man going by the name "Gee Ross" typed the words "kill that pig." 

"It didn't take long for police to track the man who they say made the threatening comment. With the help of the federal authorities, he was arrested Monday night, and is now behind bars waiting to be brought up on charges.

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6.) Selective Enforcement Between Former Cop and Cop Critics Making Online Threats

In Massachusetts, the Chicopee Police Department decided within hours it would seek criminal charges against a man named Charles Dirosa for posting a Facebook status that read “Put Wings on Pigs.” a reference to the statement made on social media by the man who killed the two NYPD cops.

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7.) Kathy Griffin Fired by CNN Over Gruesome Photo of Trump

CNN ended its deal with Kathy Griffin after she caused outrage over a video clip she posted showing her holding a fake decapitated head made to look like President Donald Trump.

The news network announced the decision in a tweet from its Communications Department.

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8.) Young woman fired over Twitter before starting job

A young woman who goes by the Twitter handle
@Cellla was axed from a job at a pizza place in Texas before her first day.

Why? She tweeted "Ew I start this (expletive) job tomorrow" on Feb. 6 at 11:43 p.m., according to multiple news organizations.

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9.) 'Opie & Anthony's' Anthony Cumia fired over tweets

Anthony Cumia, the "Anthony" portion of the shock-jock radio team, was fired by employer Sirius XM after Cumia made a series of racially charged

"SiriusXM has terminated its relationship with Anthony Cumia of the 'Opie & Anthony' channel," Patrick Reilly, the satellite radio broadcaster's media relations manager, said in a statement.

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10.) Texas teacher fired after Ferguson tweets

A Texas teacher was fired Friday, one week after sending racially charged tweets about incidents in Ferguson, Missouri.

Vinita Hegwood said in a statement that she was "reacting to a series of threatening and racist attacks" made against her and her "expressed opinions on Ferguson, Missouri," when she wrote on November 7, "Who the (expletive) made you dumb (expletive) crackers think I give a squat (expletive) about your opinions. #Ferguson Kill yourselves."

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11.) JUAN WILLIAMS: I Was Fired for Telling the Truth

NPR fired me for telling the truth. The truth is that I worry when I am getting on an airplane and see people dressed in garb that identifies them first and foremost as Muslims.

This is not a bigoted statement. It is a statement of my feelings, my fears after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 by radical Muslims. In a debate with Bill O’Reilly I revealed my fears to set up the case for not making rash judgments about people of any faith. I pointed out that the Atlanta Olympic bomber --  as well as Timothy McVeigh and the people who protest against gay rights at military funerals -- are Christians but we journalists don’t identify them by their religion.

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Even more Victims of Free Speech

By Christopher R Rice

12.) MIDDLEBURG, Fla. - A man physically attacked for holding a sign that said "Death to America" in Clay County tells Action News Jax he will be back out at the same corner holding his sign very soon.

The man was holding the sign at the corner of County Road 220 and Plantation Drive in Middleburg when he was attacked by a man and woman on Tuesday afternoon. (See video below)

According to a Clay County Sheriff's Office
report, the other side of the Charles Brownett's sign said, "Because of Obama's policies." A female passenger in a passing gray Nissan Titan yelled to the man, "Why don't you leave America?"

Brownett yelled back, "Give me some money," the report detailed.

A man wearing an orange shirt was driving the Nissan Titan, which pulled into the parking lot of McDonald's at 561 Plantation Drive. The man and the woman went inside McDonald's, then walked back out to the truck.

The man wearing the orange shirt shouted to Brownett, "Actually, I like that sign, give it to me," witnesses told deputies.

The two struggled over the sign and the man wearing the orange shirt tackled the victim. An unknown citizen tried to break up the altercation when the female passenger from the Nissan Titan came over and kicked the victim several times, the report detailed.

The man wearing the orange shirt used the "break in the conflict" to punch Brownett in the face several times with a closed fist.

The victim had bruises on his face and had scrapes to his knees from the attack.

Earlier Tuesday, Brownett was found to be "exercising his right to free speech" and was not violating any laws. Deputies received several calls about Brownett holding the sign, but he was on a public sidewalk and was not blocking traffic. Deputies also told Brownett he may "have some negative reactions from passersby" and Brownett said he had a cellphone in case there was an issue.

“He is in public area, where he has a right to be. He’s expressing an opinion that is his,” said Action News Jax Law and Safety Expert Dale Carson.

Carson said what Brownett was doing is not illegal.

“If he were encouraging some sort of violence or using prohibited language like the ‘F’ word or the ‘N’ word, then that could have had other ramifications,” said Carson.

Carson said in the eyes of the law, the attackers were in the wrong, but that’s not changing many minds about how this all played out.

“He got what he deserved,” said one woman who saw Brownett on Tuesday afternoon. She said she doesn’t agree with the sign, whether it’s freedom of speech or not.

Several viewers wrote similar posts on Facebook: “Come on it’s America, you’re not going to hold a sign with all the terroristic attacks going around the world, No.”

Some people believe he has every right to stand on the corner. Carson said the attackers can face battery charges, which can lead up to a year in jail.

Action News Jax’s Larry Spruill asked Brownett about people who thought his sign was offensive.

“No, what’s offensive is President Obama signing executive orders allowing Syrian refugees who may or may not be actually Jihadi terrorists,” Brownett said.

Brownett told Action News Jax that he will continue to display his signs and said that he shouldn’t have been attacked.

“I don’t deserve to be beaten. You can scream at me and curse me out, but please don’t hit me,” Brownett said.

Several witnesses recorded the entire struggle on cellphone video, and one witness sent video to Action News Jax. Deputies were able to identify the man and woman in the Nissan Titan and the "case is active pending contact with the suspect," the report detailed.

Action News Jax spoke by phone with alleged attacker, the man in the orange shirt who asked us not to use his name.

“This isn’t a premeditated thing. This was just, I saw something that upset me so much, I couldn’t think straight anymore,” he said.

He said he confronted Brownett first, then things got ugly.

“When I go and try to grab the sign from him, he said, ‘Hey man, that’s my sign.’ I said ‘I just like the sign,” the man said. “He snatched it back, I tried to get the sign back from him and he started swinging on me right away man.”

Brownett said he actually tried to walk away when he was attacked, leaving him with a bruised knee, arm in a sling and cuts on his face.

“He started beating me and hitting me in the head and pulling my arms back,” Brownett said. “It was just two people, a man and a girl who kicked me in the head.”

Despite the two stories on how the fight started, both men defended their actions.

“At that point, I did strike the man, but can you blame me?” the man wearing the orange shirt said.

“I’m not smart and that’s the only way I know how to express myself,” Brownett said.
The man in the orange shirt said he is not worried about possible arrests in the case.

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13.) US ambassador to Qatar steps down after posting critical tweets about Donald Trump

By Greg Wilford

The US ambassador to Qatar has stepped down after posting critical tweets about Donald Trump's administration after he fired FBI Director James Comey.

Dana Shell Smith announced the move a week after several Gulf states cut diplomatic ties with the monarchy in Doha, citing concerns over their financial ties to Islamist groups including the Muslim Brotherhood.

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, The Maldives, United Arab Emirates, Libya, and Bahrain won praise from Mr Trump for coordinating the anti-Qatari effort.

The President claimed foreign leaders had singled the country out for funding "radical ideology", prompting criticism over his failure to address similar allegations levelled at his Saudi allies.

Ms Smith, a long-standing member of the US foreign service, has not indicated whether the ongoing crisis or the Trump administration played any part in her move, which the US State Department insists is "part of the normal rotation of career diplomats throughout the world”.

However when Mr Comey was fired on 9 May she tweeted: "Increasingly difficult to wake up overseas to news from home, knowing I will spend today explaining our democracy and institutions.

"Diplomats explain & defend our political system.Can be tough when partisan acrimony so high, but there is still no greater country. #USA."

Ms Smith - who was appointed as the head diplomat in Doha by former President Barack Obama three years ago - has since tweeted that "Qatar is a strong partner in combating terrorist financing", contradicting the US President's public claims that the country is “a funder of terrorism at a very high level”.

Egypt has long thought Qatar’s support of Islamist groups Muslim Brotherhood was dangerous for their country.
Saudi Arabia also re-ignited tensions over Doha’s alleged support for Iran, which they claim could act to destabilise the region.

Last week Secretary of State Rex Tillerson asked that the nations in the anti-Qatari effort “ease the blockade against Qatar” and requested that Doha be “responsive” to its neighbours' concerns over terror financing.

However, just hours later Mr Trump applauded the coalition and raised the possibility that the cutting of ties was due to his urging that Middle East countries more effectively address financing terrorists during his Riyadh trip.

Ms Smith re-tweeted Mr Tillerson’s comments but not the President’s tweets.

The US agreed to sell Qatar $12bn (£9.4bn)-worth of fighter jets just days after President Trump accused the country of being a sponsor of terrorism.

The deal was signed off by the US Defence Ministry and reportedly included 36 F-15 combat aircraft.

Two days before she left her job Ms Smith retweeted a post by Meshal Hamad al-Thani‏, Qatar's ambassador to the US, which said the deal would create 60,000 new jobs in 42 states.

The Pentagon claimed the sale would increase security cooperation between the US and Qatar.

Qatar remains the home of some 10,000 American troops at a major US military base. So far, the dispute between Doha and nations led by Saudi Arabia has yet to shake that partnership, though cracks are showing in the responses from the US administration. 

14.) College Professor Fired Following Appearance on Fox News Where She Defended a Black Lives Matter Party