Audio: Capitol Hill Police tell TEA Party organizers to stop attendees from “joining other groups”

A First Amendment attack by some bozo at the Capitol Hill Police Department? My guess is that she was annoyed by someone or some politician called and complained. The Capitol Hill Police Department is explaining this away as a safety issue, but come on now … it’s not like these gatherings were so big there was no more room left. And even if there was no room left, when people leave one event and go to another event, it’s not like there are more people pouring in.

Here is the audio. She sounds put off by the entire thing. (I removed Sandra’s last name and the phone number from the audio clip.)


The transcript, with my emphasis.

Mr. Mooneyhan this is Officer Sandra [X], Capitol Police Special Events. It’s 9:28 am June 19. There are members of your group that are moving into other areas on the Capitol Grounds, joining other groups on the East front of the Capitol. That activity is not authorized.

I guess once you arrive at a gathering at the Capitol you’re not authorized to leave or visit somewhere else?

Your area is the west front of the Capitol. Have yourself and your twelve marshalls keep your group in your area and your area only. You cannot join other groups in other areas that have been permitted to other groups. If you have any questions, call the office.

Police personnel will be on site to take whatever action necessary to keep order and peace on our grounds. I will try to again reach you by phone.

Was that some sort of threat? There were no issues at all with the groups at the Capitol the other day. None at all. “Our grounds?” Yeah, right…

3 replies
  1. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Did the Capital Hill Police tell this to the Million Man Marchers or the Vietnam War protesters or Cindy Crawford and her Bush hating Posse? Probably never will know, but I’m betting this is the first.

  2. Tim-in-Alabama
    Tim-in-Alabama says:

    We know where to find you if you don’t do as you’re told. We know all about you. By the way, that was a lovely yellow dress your daughter wore to daycare today. Don’t forget our warning now. Have a nice day.

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