First off the Mayor of Providence, one Angel Taveras has said he will employ legal measure to get the Occupy Providence people out of Burnside Park.
I have some points I’d like to make regarding the Mayor’s erroneous move.
Those people in the park are exercising their first amendment rights, under both the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment, to the Rhode Island Constitution Article 1 Section 21 to, using the RI Constitution:
“Section 21. Right to assembly — Redress of grievances — Freedom of speech. — The citizens have a right in a peaceable manner to assembly for their common good, and to apply to those invested with the powers of government, for redress of grievances, or for other purposes, by petition, address, or remonstrance. No law abridging the freedom of speech shall be enacted.
So Mr. Mayor, whatever legal moves you are considering, I strongly suggest you consider them under the guidance of the U.S. First Amendment, and RI Article 1 Section 21. Because what you are proposing, I take great umbrage at your use of it.
Your own Public Safety commissioner won’t send police in and I think I know why. It is because you Mr. Mayor have shit all over the public safety unions and I surmise that if you were to send police in, they may just be sympathetic to the cause of Occupy Providence.
So you’ll try to use the courts. First I’d like to know who you are going to name in your suit since there is no real leadership to go after in the Occupy Providence movement. How do you file suit against an entire group of people in the first place?
You Mr. Mayor are now between a rock and a very hard place. I strongly recommend you backpedal on your threats. Because it won’t be funny when the city faces a multi million dollar lawsuit for abridgement of civil rights.