Back in October we headlined a story While Tea Party Paid 10 Grand for Police, Permits, Richmond Mayor gives “OccupyRichmond” Free pass for Civil Rights emphasis. Seems the Richmond Tea Party was charged nearly $10,000 to host their demonstration, but the Mayor of Richmond says the Occupy Folks get to protest free because he was part of the Civil rights movement.
We didn’t know that the Tea-Party was not exercising it’s civil rights or its First amendment protection under the constitution. Last time We checked civil rights were not afforded just to the left. O.K. ACLU where are You?????
Two weeks after the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice to Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones for costs incurred for previous rallies; we received a letter from the City of Richmond formally stating that the city is auditing our Tea Party. Coincidence? This audit is an obvious attempt to intimidate and harass us for standing up against the unfair treatment and discrimination against our Tea Party.
First some back story: As reported on the front page of the Richmond Times Dispatch, the Richmond Tea Party delivered an invoice for charges incurred in our previous three Tax Day rallies at Kanawha Plaza because Mayor Jones chose to allow Occupy Richmond protesters to convene in the same park for two weeks.
The Mayor not only allowed the Occupiers to break the law, but he visited them in the city-owned park. “Jones said that as a ‘child of civil rights’ and protests, he had allowed the group to remain in the park but understands his mayoral responsibility to uphold laws of the city,” reported the Richmond Times Dispatch.
Apparently his mayoral duties included preferential treatment for a group he sympathizes with ideologically at the expense of the taxpayers.
Read the rest at Richmond City Audits Local Tea Party