The video is shocking.
Government bulldozers entering private property to rip up protest signs and haul them away. Police and government officials looking on with detached amusement as a U.S. Citizen’s free speech is trampled upon.
For almost four years, real estate broker Choon James has had signs up protesting Honolulu’s attempted use of eminent domain to take her property and build a fire station. The case has been held up in court, but apparently, the city had finally had enough of her freedom of speech and trespassed on her property, tearing down her signs.
She has since filed a lawsuit against the city for tearing down the signs.
In the video, James films as city workers callously rip the signs out of the ground and drop them in a dump truck. In the process, they knock over James’ chain-link fence. When she approaches them to complain about the fence, she is told it “wasn’t up yesterday.” In the meantime, you can see police and other officials standing around on James’ property, doing nothing to protect her constitutional rights.
How far can the American people be pushed before they push back? This certainly isn’t the first time the government has attempted to silence citizens and it won’t be the last. Luckily, it appears the courts have been quick to recognize these violations – so far.