Wednesday, December 14, 2011

And now, this bulletin from the Department of Utter Predictability

The sheriff
I can report -- with considerable satisfaction -- that Sheriff Rick Stanek & Co., as well as Hennepin County (being responsible for the behavior of the miscreants) have been sued by Melissa Hill for their unconstitutional behavior in ordering her to stay away from the Hennepin County Government Center and Occupy Minnesota and then arresting her for defying the order.

City Pages reports the filing of the suit at the link, and it provides this link to the complaint, filed in federal district court in Minnesota. I wrote about these incidents at the time:
I know! Let's arrest Melissa! 
I know! Let's arrest Melissa! II
I had some conversations with readers of the blog -- in the comments, and some sidebars, too -- who were tut tutting about Hill the chalker and potty mouth.

But you see, the great thing about civil rights are they belong to everybody -- not just people you like -- and you can't lose them just because the Sheriff of Nottingham, or the Sheriff of Hennepin, says so.

Melissa Hill is suing the county, the sheriff, and his deputies for the deprivation of her civil rights under 42 U.S.C. sec. 1983, a statute first adopted by the Congress in 1871. And this one will cost the defendants some money.

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