WendySueB

Comments by WendySueB

Is it the mess or the message? City Attorney has been selective when prosecuting chalk vandalism

Jeff Olson was found NOT GUILTY!!! This is yet another unjust arrest of a member of the Occupy Movement. A young OSD (Occupy San Diego) Woman 18 yrs. at the time was arrested downtown at Civic Center Plaza, she spent 3 days in jail for chalk drawing. She was released on her 19th birthday to await trial, an amazing graffiti, street artist and political cartoonist. She went to court 5 different times, arriving at court just to be told the prosecution postponed her trial. The 5th time going to court, they finally dropped the unlawful charges against her - 8 months after being arrested. A week before She was arrested, 2 other Occupy S.D. sidewalk chalk artists at Civic Center/Freedom Plaza were warned and only given a citation. So, 4 different people, members of the Occupy Movement charged in very different ways for the same act: Side Walk Chalk Drawing an act of Free Speech and Freedom of Creative Expression. Anyone else see selective police harassment and a class-action lawsuit? When was the last time in San Diego, a child, parent, teacher, school administrator was arrested for Side Walk Chalk drawing. The stupidity of these unlawful tactics is that Crayola and other brand Side Walk chalk packages state it's water-soluble based and non-toxic. This means little kids can eat it and they do! How can this be considered harmful to the environment and vandalism? Why aren’t these packages also labeled that using them on sidewalks might lead to arrest? Maybe a lawsuit against such companies need to happen so police stop arresting innocent people. These illegal arrests clog the court system, are a waste of time and taxpayers money!!! I am admitting publicly that I have used side walk chalk numerous times for decades at protests with cops present and have never been warned or arrested. The latest was at the 'Free Bradley Manning' protest in Hillcrest a few weeks ago. The act of sidewalk chalk drawing is an art form practiced for centuries starting with charcoal from the family hearth and is covered by Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression!!! Law enforcement must stop arresting, abusing, bullying and harassing street artists under our constitutional right of Freedom of Speech and Creative Expression.
— July 1, 2013 8:26 p.m.

Little Italy Festa announces theme for 2013 chalk festival: "City Attorney Goldsmith is a ______."

The judge for Jeff Olson's arrest said it's not a case of Freedom of Speech, this is vandalism... That’s B.S. and yet another unjust arrest of a member of the Occupy Movement. A young OSD (Occupy San Diego) Woman, 18 yrs. at the time was arrested downtown at Civic Center Plaza and she spent 3 days in jail for side walk chalk drawing. She was released on her 19th birthday to await trial. She is an amazing graffiti, street artist and political cartoonist. She went to court for the trial 5 different times, arriving at court just to find out the prosecution had postponed her trial. The 5th time going to court, they finally dropped the unlawful charges against her - 8 months after being arrested. A week before She was arrested, 2 other Occupy S.D. sidewalk chalk artists at Civic Center/Freedom Plaza were warned and only given a citation by police officers. I admit, I brought chalk and other art supplies downtown to the OSD encampment, often to support the creativity of our movement. So, 4 different people, members of the Occupy Movement charged in very different ways for the same act: Side Walk Chalk Drawing as an expression of Free Speech and Freedom of Expression. Anyone else see selective police harassment and a class-action lawsuit? When was the last time in San Diego, a child, parent, teacher, school administrator was arrested for Side Walk Chalk drawing. The stupidity of these unlawful tactics is that Crayola and other brand Side Walk chalk packages state it's water-soluble based and non-toxic. This means it washes off with water and little kids can eat it - and they do! How can this be considered harmful to the environment and vandalism? Why aren’t these packages also labeled that using them on sidewalks might lead to arrest? Maybe a lawsuit against such companies, just like cigarettes, need to happen before police stop arresting innocent people. These illegal arrests clog the court system, are a waste of time and taxpayers money!!! I am admitting publicly that I have used side walk chalk numerous times for decades at non-violent protests with cops present and have never been warned or arrested. The latest was at the 'Free Bradley Manning' protest in Hillcrest a few weeks ago. The act of sidewalk drawing is an art form practiced for centuries starting with charcoal as a medium and should continue to be covered by Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Expression!!! Law enforcement must stop arresting, abusing, bullying and harassing street artists under our constitutional right of Freedom of Speech and creative expression.
— June 28, 2013 9:40 p.m.

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