VANDALISM? CORRUPTION? HAVE NO WHERE ELSE TO TURN? NO STORY TO BIG OR SMALL THE OSN WILL INVESTIGATE! Please email news tips to Hildelysiak@gmail.com
By Hilde Kate Lysiak
The town of Patagonia has issued an apology for violating the First Amendment rights of the OSN and has pledged to not tolerate any further restrictions on speech.
In a statement read by Patagonia Mayor Andrea Wood last night at the Town Council meeting, the town stated;
“The governing body of the town of Patagonia would like to apologize for the First Amendment rights violation inflicted upon Hilde Lysiak, a young reporter who is in our community. “
“We are sorry Hilde, we encourage and respect your continued aspirations as a successful reporter. We believe and fully support the constitutional right to freedom of speech in the public sector. We will not tolerate bias of any kind including infringement of freedom of speech.”
Our body of council members embrace and assist on the correction on any cons
“We the governing body acknowledge our negligence and sincerely apologize to all who felt their constitutional rights were violated.”
The OSN was working on a story in Patagonia, Arizona when a law enforcement officer threatened the reporter (FULL DISCLOSURE: THE REPORTER WAS THE AUTHOR OF THIS STORY) with arrest unless she stopped reporting the news.
The OSN was biking down Roadrunner Lane investigating the tip at about 1:30 pm on February 18th when the reporter was stopped by a Patagonia Marshal and asked for identification.
The Orange Street News identified herself as a member of the media, including name and phone number.
“I don’t want to hear about any of that freedom of the press stuff,” said the marshal.
The marshal continued “I’m going to have you arrested and thrown in juvey. “
Asked what he could arrested for, the officer first said it was for “disobeying his command,” then said it was for riding on the wrong side of the road. Finally, the officer said a Mountain Lion was spotted in the area despite their being other people in the area who were not kicked off the road.
“I’m worried about your safety, the area you were in we were dealing with a mountain lion,” said the marshal.
“If you paste my face on the internet it’s against the law so I’m not giving you permission to use my picture or my face on the internet, do you understand all that?”
The court says the First Amendment gives citizens the right to record police officers in public while they are performing their duties. But that doesn’t mean you’re allowed to record if you’re doing so secretly interfering with the officer, or otherwise breaking the law.
NOTE FROM THE PUBLISHER; The Orange Street News wants to sincerely thank Mayor Andrea Wood and all the great people in the town of Patagonia, Arizona for their support.