William Demser8. July, 2009
Donald Stahl and William Demser, two St. Louis activists were arrested on February 6 after the police caught them holding up a banner reading `911 was an inside job`.
The case started out as ‘local trouble’, but turned into ‘state trouble’, because the duo decided to seek the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which has secured them an attorney and took the case to federal jurisdiction.
In their federal claim, the activists state that they did not block traffic of pedestrians or vehicles as they ‘peacefully protested and invited for a new investigation on events regarding September 11’, which the police stated as the reason for their arrest. Their banner was destroyed.
Courthouse News reports that Anthony Rother of the ACLU represents Stahl and Demsar`s interests and the case was presented as a violation of the fundamental right to the freedom of expression.
If information and opinion on U.S. forums is something to go by, the St. Louis incident is not an isolated case. What is more, as our reporter submitted an inquiry to the local population via the internet, we have discovered that the street has such coined terms as ‘anti-truth Nazi police’.