Egregious Acts by the Sacramento Police Department

March 5, 2019

The egregious acts by the Sacramento police department chills free speech and thus clearly violates the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.

The term “chilling effect” has been in use in the United States since as early as 1950. History has spoken verses about those times of government overreach in re Senator Joseph McCarthy and his witch hunts, HUAC, the demonizing of American citizens who had a different opinion about the state of affairs, and more. Many careers and lives were destroyed unnecessarily, the United States Constitution was shamed and tread upon with disdain, democracy, was plunged into darkness, along with the chilling of free speech, for fear of retaliation and more.

The United States Supreme Court first refers to the "chilling effect" in the context of the United States Constitution in Wieman v. Updegraff, 344 U.S. 183 (1952).

We, as a democratic society, must avoid the overbearing temptation to chill free expression and open debate, just because we don’t like it, or we don’t want to allow it, or it doesn’t agree with our limited beliefs, however, we must never allow those unhealthy impulses to cause us to replace freedom of speech with freedom from speech.

We must always remember that the First Amendment, et. al.; is not just a right, it is an obligation. And, those who swore an oath to uphold the United States Constitution need to be held to the strictest standards in maintaining that obligation to the people of the United States of America.