VIDEO: Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) censors town hall - Police seize cameras

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Rep. Steve Chabot's on a roll today. Earlier I posted about his getting booed for opposing Planned Parenthood, saying it is “largest abortion provider in the United States”. Believe it or not, he topped himself:

So much for democracy.

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It is not supposed to happen in America where we value free speech and proudly revel in our history of men and women standing up and speaking to their elected representatives. But...once again, just last night, as they did in June, Congressman Steve Chabot, his staff and security team made sure that there could be no genuine human interaction or spoken question from the audience or any recorded documentation of what was said. And this occurred in a public meeting, in a public place, conducted by a public official, who while speaking to the public refused over 100 people who disagreed with him the opportunity to speak. And he had the police there to physically enforce his own private rules for public discourse.

Last night it was supposed 'security reasons" that they again not only banned citizen speech, but the photographing and filming of the Congressman speaking as well. Chabot's security team enlisted the help of the on-duty Cincinnati Police (car # 05313) to enforce this policy with the threat of arrest and the actual confiscation of two video cameras until the conclusion of the meeting.

Shades of  the Allen West-Nicole Sandler abuse.

UPDATE: After all the criticism, Chabot has now reversed himself and will (supposedly) allow cameras in the future.

H/t: Leftpalm

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  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Great info, thanks!

  • Abc

    I read about this in this morning's Cincinnati Enquirer.  I left a longer comment over at Suburban Guerilla but the main point is, the town hall was in a very Democratic neighborhood and both of the cameras taken belonged to Democratic activists. One of them was Liz Ping, who ran unsuccessfully for a state office last year. So when Chabot's staff asked the police to take her camera away, it was personal. They had to know she was.

    Chabot announced he won't be having his staff take any more cameras away but conveniently, his next town hall is on the other side of the city in a very Republican area.

    Ohio Mom

  • http://twitter.com/freelance1m Olivia Emisar

    They work best in secret. Sunlight makes them squirm.  Paul Ryan called the cops on 7 unemployed demonstrators who wanted to know why they'd have to pay to attend his public meetings.  He is charging $15 a person.  That is his way of funding his re-election? I thought the corporations were doing that for him? - Thank you for the video, I had not seen this.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MBVVKZ27VI7BWWQSVUN6WWTZPI Anonymous

    The street cops do what they are told, or they lose their jobs. Valid question though if posed about upper management at PD. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DW7LHDQQLRH5RQG2AGEXP35QGM Mr. B

    The next time some rightwingnut pundit yaps about President Obama's "lack of transparency", I'd like to see Steve Chabot join in -- with a straight face . . .

  • HarborGuy

    Ditto to eaglesfanintn...WHY doesn't Diane Sawyer or Brian Williams or Gwen Ifill or the like, talk about stuff like this. This garbage is the ultimate in Un-American activities.

    And WHY are on-duty police working with these Thugs? Aren't they paid by ALL the taxpayers? Gawd knows that we, the lowly mid/lower classes are most likely paying more in taxes than the million/billionaires.

  • HarborGuy

    Ditto to eaglesfanintn...WHY doesn't Diane Sawyer or Brian Williams or Gwen Ifill or the like, talk about stuff like this. This garbage is the ultimate in Un-American activities.

    And WHY are on-duty police working with these Thugs? Aren't they paid by ALL the taxpayers? Gawd knows that we, the lowly mid/lower classes are most likely paying more in taxes than the million/billionaires.

  • http://twitter.com/eaglesfanintn eaglesfanintn

    Gotta love these hypocrites that talk about how great our Constitution is and then either try to change it or just plain stomp on it.  

    Again, why is nobody in the "main stream media" challenging this stuff?  Why does the 4th estate let them get away with it without questioning it?