Editorial - Is protest outlawed?
Following the arrest of a black man who claimed he was being denied a county job because of his race, Washington County Human Resources Director Alan Davis says the county needs to revamp its affirmative action program. We suggest that the county commissioners first need to decide what's an acceptable method of protesting their policies, because the one they're using now is too restrictive.
Fifty-three-year-old Lawrence Freeman was arrested Dec. 23 as he sat on a bench in front of the Washington County Administration Building at 100 W. Washington St., holding up a sheet of paper that said, "Washington County Commissioners won't hire black men."
It's important to emphasize that Freeman wasn't inside when arrested and wasn't interfering with any functions of the county government. He'd been inside the building a day earlier, putting up posters alleging discrimination and was described as acting in a "belligerent" manner when Davis took down the papers.