College Student Pays Parking Ransom then Gets Investigated

Jaocb Ramirez, a student at Western Washington University, finished class and returned to his vehicle where he discovered that some strangers had threatened him to the tune of $25 for a “parking violation.”

Ramirez paid the bribe then learned he was under investigation for “Harassment and/or Threats of Violence.” He’d included three words on his personal check: “Fuck the Police.”

Fortunately The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) came to his aid; they wrote about his situation:

Speech can’t be prohibited merely for containing profanity, even when directed at a law enforcement officer. To say otherwise is to place a dangerous amount of discretion in the hands of university administrators and law enforcement officials. And the argument that Ramirez’s remark was in any way “intimidating” or “threatening”? Please. It’s completely understandable that many people don’t like “swear words,” but the unavoidable fact is that the government doesn’t have the power to punish you for simply for using them.

Was “Fuck the Police” the most tactful thing Ramirez could have written? Perhaps not, but it’s understandable – he’s rightfully upset that some individuals claim a right to his money. And most importantly, and in clear contrast to those who demanded his money, his actions had no victim.

Thanks to Ramirez for not allowing threats to chill his dissent and to FIRE for having his back. By making this situation transparent the double-standards and violence on which this institution is based is made more apparent, which will only embolden others to stand for their rights.

More:
Related docs from Ramirez’s situation


Law Enforcement Challenge Coin Police Teamwork I Got Your Six Collectible Token picture

Law Enforcement Challenge Coin Police Teamwork I Got Your Six Collectible Token

$11.99



Law Enforcement Challenge Coin A Thin Blue Line Matthew 5:9 Officers Prayer picture

Law Enforcement Challenge Coin A Thin Blue Line Matthew 5:9 Officers Prayer

$10.95



Police Military Canine K9 Law Enforcement Challenge Coin picture

Police Military Canine K9 Law Enforcement Challenge Coin

$11.95



Law Enforcement Challenge Coin Dog Tag St Michael Silver Officer Prayer Gift picture

Law Enforcement Challenge Coin Dog Tag St Michael Silver Officer Prayer Gift

$10.95



10PC Police Officer Challenge Coin US Spartan Warrior Law Enforcement picture

10PC Police Officer Challenge Coin US Spartan Warrior Law Enforcement

$16.99



NICE LOT OF 20 OHIO LAW ENFORCEMENT SHOULDER PATCHES  OH1 picture

NICE LOT OF 20 OHIO LAW ENFORCEMENT SHOULDER PATCHES OH1

$40.00



1PC Police Officer Coin St Michael Badge Law Enforcement Challenge Collectible picture

1PC Police Officer Coin St Michael Badge Law Enforcement Challenge Collectible

$5.99



PBA FLORIDA LAW ENFORCEMENT SUPPORTER CAR GOLD POLICE LICENSE TAG SHIELD PLATE   picture

PBA FLORIDA LAW ENFORCEMENT SUPPORTER CAR GOLD POLICE LICENSE TAG SHIELD PLATE

$30.00



Universal Fit Standard Issue Law Enforcement Standard Handcuff Key picture

Universal Fit Standard Issue Law Enforcement Standard Handcuff Key

$6.99



U.S. LAW ENFORCEMENT SUPPORTER GOLD CAR WINDOW PBA SHIELD SET FreeHolder picture

U.S. LAW ENFORCEMENT SUPPORTER GOLD CAR WINDOW PBA SHIELD SET FreeHolder

$180.00



Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.