Montgomery County Police in Maryland announced Wednesday their ridiculously delayed response to illegal protests at the homes of Supreme Court justices.
It is a startling display of picking and choosing which laws to enforce.
MCPD tweeted that it supports the “1st Amendment right to protest.” Even so, it will ensure protestors comply with the county’s disorderly conduct statute. Fair enough, but what about federal law which constitutionally supersedes county ordinances by a mile?
Federal law is not quiet or ambiguous on these illegal protests. U.S. Code specifically states that it is a criminal violation to picket or parade “near a building or residence” with intent to interfere, impede, or influence any judge in the performance of their duties.
Nowhere in this clear statute does it mention bullhorns or chanting. Noise is not the issue, but the protests themselves.
Maryland state law also directly prohibits the kind of behavior abortion protestors have carried out for the last two months. It specifically prohibits gathering “in a manner that disrupts a person’s right to tranquility in the person’s home.”
These clearly stated laws led Supreme Court marshall Col. Gail Curley to ask Maryland officials on July 1 to enforce restrictions on the illegal protests. Curley expressed “deep concern” over the violations of statutes on federal, state, and local levels.
Then, of course, there’s the assassination attempt on Justice Brett Kavanaugh at his home by an armed leftist who flew from California. It stands to reason that law enforcement would spring into action and apply already existing laws to protect judges who are clearly threatened.
County officials, however, do not find it necessary to enforce federal law to protect Supreme Court justices. Instead, they arbitrarily decided to apply local ordinances against disturbing the peace.
As Montgomery County Police said, the agency will not necessarily clear protestors from the private homes and neighborhoods. They even declared protesting quietly or silently is allowed, just not with bullhorns or drums or other “loud” means.
The mainstream media reported Montgomery County’s announcement of finally enforcing one small statute as though it signaled the end of the growing threat on justices in their homes. It did not. Rather, it clearly displayed the lack of seriousness of officials in protecting these justices.