Clearly the issue all along [regarding Asheville’s “highway blogger”] wasn’t Mr. Phillip’s exercise in free speech; it was the Asheville Police Department’s blatant disregard for Mr. Phillip’s constitutional rights and their subsequent arrest of Mr. Phillips on entirely fabricated charges.
And just who is accountable for this bogus arrest and these trumped up charges, now dismissed as without any merit? Possibly the Asheville police chief, who now tells us no public oversight is needed of his department?
And while we consider this, let’s not forget the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Department’s arrest—and then some—last year of the citizen who also dared to exercise his right of free speech when he flew the American flag upside down on his front porch as a sign of national distress.
— Donald De Bona