Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Marin Sheriff attempts to remove Citizen from Marinwood CSD meeting over Free Speech

Justin Kai, Marinwood CSD director attempts to eject a citizen during the April 2016 Marinwood CSD meeting. A new "Speech Policy"  was adopted and the public strongly objected. The Marinwood CSD approved two obviously illegal policies to prohibit commentary during and after business items are discussed. Letters to the board must be received BEFORE the agenda and staff reports are printed. A similar policy on speaking during the meeting that states the public can only comment on items BEFORE the Board discusses them.  It is an outrageous form of censorship and violation of civil rights.

This video is the interaction between the Marin County Sheriff and me. Notice how he is subtly provoking a confrontation with physical intimidation by moving in close. I explain the situation and step away from him several times but he moves in closer. I explained my actions and was firmly standing my ground with my rights to attend and film the meeting.

Justin Kai, Marinwood CSD president has called the Sheriff's twice in the four meetings he has conducted. He believes that his authority should not be challenged and has used the police to intimidate the public.

"Let this be a warning that I will have you arrested" 
Kai threatened me after the meeting.

Clearly, Mr. Kai has authoritarian fantasies and does not believe in local democracy.

Editor's Note: Of course there is more to the story.  I leave that to other posts.  

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