Outspoken Publisher Wins a Victory for Free Speech
• Olaf Childress files suit against cops—and wins.
By Olaf Childress —
More than three years after Montgomery, Alabama police brutalized this citizen, who was exercising his constitutionally-protected God-given rights, the guilty culprits finally got a much-welcomed slap on their wrists.
The case began on February 19, 2011, at the sesquicentennial Jefferson Davis Inauguration Event, which included a parade to the Alabama capitol’s steps. On that day, this publisher’s good friend and longtime First Freedom (TFF) subscriber Tyrone Crowley had dressed up as Davis and delivered the words of the Confederate States of America (CSA) president’s inaugural address before a crowd of more than 1,000.
The Jefferson Davis Inaugural Parade Reenactment, which was sponsored by the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV), formed up before the fountain circle where Dexter Avenue begins in downtown Montgomery. My daughter, Irene, Jeb Lessley and I were handing out copies of our special February 2011 TFF edition, which recounted what had transpired at that location exactly 150 years earlier.
But today’s Cultural Marxists cannot build their new world order until what once caused the South’s secession and the CSA’s formation is down the memory hole, so not bothering to even consider that we were supporting this inaugural reenactment parade, the SCV officer in charge asked a couple of off-duty policemen to stop us from handing out literature.
Because I refused to meekly obey that pair of Montgomery cops’ order to leave, the officers grabbed both my arms, dragged me around the corner and, assisted by four additional police goons and two SWAT members, shoved my face against a plate glass wall while twisting my arms up behind me, buckling on leg irons and handcuffs.
They then hauled this aging journalist off to spend the entire day with no food or water, nor toilet or place to sit, stripped to his underwear in a cold, wet cell.
While sitting in jail a few blocks away, I missed the parade and Tyrone’s delivery of Davis’s acceptance speech in this cradle of the Confederacy. “Disorderly conduct” is what they eventually decided to charge me with.
I was fined $500 at Montgomery Municipal Court following the “offended” SCV officer’s complaint about the content of this newspaper. And while not specifically denying my right to free speech, the two arresting cops claimed that my mere presence at the parade created a disturbance. But because I had not acted disorderly in any way, I appealed to the next higher venue.
Montgomery’s Circuit Court, realizing the delicacy of this argument, assigned the very able and competent attorney Mary Oliver, originally from New York but now relocated to Montgomery, to assist my attorney, L.A. Cobb, who resides at some distance in north Alabama.
Since the SCV officer had not criminally moved against my free speech rights by asking me to leave, I only wished to charge those arresting officers, the ones who roughed me up and jailed me even though they had not seen any disturbance. The police alone were guilty of that day’s atrocities against my rights as an American.
The trial lasted three days before a jury came back with the decision that the police had violated my First Amendment rights. Though the jury awarded me no compensatory or punitive damages, the case had always been about bringing out the truth, not getting money.
The City of Montgomery—having failed to successfully defend its clients against my allegations of unlawful police brutality in denying me my constitutional rights—must pay their expenses and all court costs.
Today’s problem is not in the difficulty of convening a jury of our peers, but that so many “Zionistas” up to no good with their “teaching tolerance” 24/7 get such access, herding the public into a compromised and unthinking obedience, thus “bringing in the sheep” to the mediacracy’s drumbeat.
We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children. Let’s begin by sanitizing the media, making the public more aware of such un-American agencies as the Anti-Defamation League and the Southern Poverty Law Center by outing subversive informants like Abe Foxman and Morris Dees.
Olaf Childress is the publisher of the monthly news and commentary newspaper, The First Freedom ($25 for 1 year or 1 silver dollar. P.O. Box 385, Silverhill, AL 36576.)