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Friday, December 31, 2010

Prove our right to petition and show Steve D he's not alone!‏

Bill Downing writes, "Last night MASS CANN/NORML voted to help Steve D in his lawsuit against his local Stop and Shop and police. We all can help Steve by using credit cards now and selecting “General Donation” and making a tribute to Steve D at: 

https://secure.entango.com/donate/amYP25ymCug "
 

 

Here is Steve Drury’s story:

I was arrested on June 6, 2010 at a local Stop and Shop while I was petitioning for a marijuana legalization Public Policy Question. I was arrested despite the fact I had made arrangements with manager Brett L. to petition on that day. I intend to sue Stop and Shop and the police for denying me the right to petition and the police for assault and I need your help.


I made a request in May to be allowed to petition every weekend in June, which was never answered.  A meeting in the third week of May with Scott Dill, the assistant manager. Dill told me to, "Go (petition) some where else." He said I would be arrested  if I came back to petition.

I called a lawyer and I told him that they threatened to arrest me. The lawyer called the store and they agreed to allow me to petition there.  I then made arrangements  with manager  Brett L while Dill was on vacation. I was clear for June 6, 2010.  

I went on that date and started petitioning. Dill came out and told me to leave, which was recorded on the store’s videotape of that entrance.  I told him I had made arrangements with manager Brett. Dill called the police and they questioned me.  The cop told  me to hand over the petitions and when I went to give him the petitions, he hit me to the ground.

The assault by the cop was removed from the store’s videotape as is evident from the time display on the tape. I was badly bruised from the fall. I was thrown into the police car. As the videotape shows, the cop picked up my clipboard, petitions, etc. and Dill stole a petition.

I was brought to the station and I said nothing. They asked me questions. They tried to take my photo, but I blocked it.  They threatened to cut off my wedding ring and brought out a saw. If they had done so all hell would have erupted. I managed to get the ring off. While I was in the cell, they had the radio  turned up loud so I could hear them state they were about to search my truck and tow it and they did.  

I bailed myself out of jail. The cost of  bail, a  tow and cab fees came to about $300.


I was given a trespass notice, which is still in effect  today.

The lawyer who said he would take the case later  failed to do so.

I studied the law  and 21 motions later the court dropped the case. I won without trial.


Scott Dill  of Stop and Rob told me he wanted  to have a federal case against me and the cop that arrested me agreed. The cop and Dill said they wanted to battle me in court and that they didn't have shit to lose.

So I will take this damn case on my self soon and file it in January.  I must not let this happen as this was an attack on me and petitioning for MJ reform and, damn it,  I care and so will go it alone, as always.

 

PROVE OUR RIGHT TO PETITION!

SHOW STEVE HE DOESN’T HAVE TO GO IT ALONE!

USE YOUR CREDIT CARD TO DONATE TO STEVE’S SUIT AGAINST STOP AND SHOP AND THE POLICE.

SELECT “GENERAL DONATION” AND MAKE A TRIBUTE TO STEVE D. at: https://secure.entango.com/donate/amYP25ymCug

 

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