Street Preachers Alter Weekend R & R
Original post made by mac, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Sep 7, 2009
They rarely actually engage in discourse, preferring instead to yell out their message in long barrages so as not to allow interruptions. It is clearly a NUISANCE and PUBLIC DISTURBANCE, although some are able to relax into the moment and smile at the unusual entertainment. Oft times it is our teens or protective moms who become engaged with them, trying to insert some form of reason, to no avail.
Problem: From Lafayette, Orinda, Danville to Pleasanton, the PD and City Councils face a conundrum. Protect the citizens right to PEACE and their freedom from oppression, yet allow this group to operate within their first amendment rights. In the meantime, downtown businesses are becoming affected as residents give up the verbal onslaught and head out.
Mission: It appears that this group wishes to be assaulted by individuals or arrested by the PD in order to then make a legal case with which to SUE. This is repeated on many videos from their website.
Solution: The City Council should designate an area for free speach by groups or individuals. They should research this ongoing situation, speak with the other towns and PDs, receive legal counsel and come up with a plan that can meet the needs of both groups/individuals.
Warning: They do record everything during their preaching and interactions. They do post to their website and to youtube. One of the few town videos on youtube is of pleasanton, though it is innocuous. Can't imagine having my kids included on a website without my knowledge.