A First Amendment battle has erupted over an Army veteran’s campaign to hold “God Bless the Homeless Vets” signs to raise awareness of homelessness among those who served in the nation’s military. . .
Actually more than one court, as the Foundation for Individual Rights and Express announced it has filed, already, two lawsuits on behalf of Jeff Gray, a U.S. Army veteran and retired truck driver.
It’s because he “has been repeatedly stopped, detained, searched, and arrested by the police. His alleged crime? Holding signs — in front of city halls across the United States.”
LAWSUIT: U.S. Army Veteran Jeff Gray has been repeatedly stopped, detained, searched, and arrested by police.
His alleged crime? Holding signs — in front of city halls across Georgia.
Yesterday, FIRE sued on his behalf.https://t.co/7eM7ORMpT3
— FIRE (@TheFIREorg) February 1, 2023
The cases, based on the First Amendment’s right to speak outside government buildings, so far are against Alpharetta, Georgia, and two police officers, and against the police chief in Blackshear, Georgia, FIRE reported.
“I have been harassed, trespassed, handcuffed and arrested countless times for peacefully exercising my First Amendment rights,” Gray explained in the announcement made by FIRE. “My intention is to ensure that all Americans from the wealthiest millionaire to the poorest homeless person can exercise these rights without fear of consequence from our government.” (Read more from “U.S. Veteran ‘Arrested Countless Times’ for Simple Sign About God” HERE)
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