Thursday, March 25, 2010

FLASHBACK: Democrat Rep Tom Perillo Accused Of Using Law Enforcement To Harass Tea Party Members

Let me state that, first of all, if there is any real claim of violence or anything of the sort toward members of Congress, yes, it should be condemned.

However, threats made without proof, as well as phony allegations of racial slurs and spitting aren't going to, and should not make those who disagree with this Administration and Congress afraid to express legitimate dissent.

Including Congressmen allegedly using law enforcement to intimidate dissenters.

Let me give you a flasback of what Virginia Democrat Rep. Tom Perillo was accused of doing last July.
I received the following from the leader of the Danville, VA Tea Party. Rep. Tom Perriello, D-Va., may be using the state police and local law enforcement to harass and intimidate citizens who have publicly expressed opposition to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trillion-dollar health care reform legislation, a local TEA Party leader charged Tuesday in a letter urging state Attorney General Bill Mims to conduct a formal investigation (click on link for copy of letter).

Danville TEA Party chairman Nigel Coleman told Mims that Virginia State Police officers Monday came unannounced to the home of another member of the group to question him about attending a town hall meeting Saturday in Blairs which featured Perriello and two Obama cabinet secretaries.

"All Americans should be concerned when a congressman uses the state police to intimidate citizens and suppress dissent against a government takeover of our health care.," Coleman said. "No American should have to fear that the police will show up at his door because he's dared publicly disagree with some politician's political agenda."

Saturday, Coleman and other TEA Party leaders were refused an opportunity to ask Perriello a question during the event, and then were instructed by a plainclothes police officer to leave the property when they attempted to display signs urging the congressman to follow the Constitution and oppose Pelosi's "socialized medicine scheme."

Coleman said he and the others peacefully complied, but were followed to a restaurant by an officer in an unmarked car, who then exited his vehicle, walked over to the activists' cars, and called in their license plate numbers over the phone.

Coleman said he contacted Perriello's Danville office Monday to request a meeting with the congressman to protest the police intimidation tactics used at the event and to ask why he and other TEA Party activists were told to leave.

Perriello's staff refused the request for a meeting, Coleman said, while assuring him that the office understood that he and other local TEA Party activists pose no threat to the congressman.
Others, including Claire McCaskill, used police against Tea Party protesters last summer.

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