Ken Stuart a Lieutenant for the Mississippi State Capitol Police verbally stated this information to Mike Sawyer but Stuart refused to sign at Sawyer's request.
Mississippi State Capitol police park here for over an hour watching Mike Sawyer while doing his public mission promoting the Override Veto of the recent Tax Swap Bill that Governor Haley Barbour vetoed. This bill would have removed the $.07 sales tax on food and groceries while placing a new tax on cigarettes.
Here you can see how empty the First Baptist Church parking lot is in the background.
Mike a Security Staff member of First Baptist Church, in Jackson, Mississippi
Last Monday morning February 6, I was setting up to do my public mission to support the Mississippi House and Senate to override Governor's Haley Barbour's (a tobacco lobbyist) veto of the Tax Swap Bill which would remove the $.07 sales tax off food and groceries and place on cigarettes.
Ken Stuart a Lieutenant for the Mississippi State Capitol Police pulled up with another policeman and informed me that I couldn't walk on the sidewalks around the Capitol building or across the street with a sign without a permit.
Unbelievable that Lt. Stuart could not tell me how long this permit process would take to get authorized.
I told Lt. Stuart that I was the only one involved in my mission.
Stuart seems to be concerned about me interfering with citizens walking on the sidewalks.
(What about smokers interfering with my right to breathe on their Mississippi State Capitol sidewalks?)
When I asked the police how they felt about the Governor's veto of this Tax Swap Bill they immediately declared because of their job they couldn't comment.
I asked Lt. Stuart if he smoked, and he responded that was more or less none of my business.
My cell phone allowed me to call my friend in Lexington, Kentucky, and he called the 601-359-3630 number Lt. Stuart gave me to get a permit, and discovered it required five days for the permit to be approved.
Lt. Stuart also told me that I couldn't set up my display in the First Baptist Church of Mississippi's parking lot; he stated that the state leased this parking lot.
However, contrary to that about the church parking lot, the FBC security guard Mike told me that he didn't think the state leased this parking lot, and granted me permission to remain.
I respected the Lt. Stuart's authority and conducted my public mission display as near the capitol as possible at the intersection of President and State Streets.
One policeman with the State Capitol Police parked in the empty FBC parking lot for over an hour in front of me. Maybe protecting me or taunting me?
If, I had been younger I may have allowed this negative treatment to discourage me by fleeing this public mission work to help the poor who don't smoke.
While feeling this treatment from the State Capitol Police I started thinking about how much courage Rosa Parks and others for Civil Rights must have had in Montgomery, Alabama.
Standing by the busy intersection promoting pizzas for 5 bucks or a group of protesting union employees may be a little safer.
"Make peace with your adversary while you are in the way with him, else he bring you before the judge," where is this written?
See some pictures at: Www.OverrideVeto.org/FreedomofSpeech.htm
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