Arrested for Hanging a Poster? (Updated numerous times)
Anyways, This story won't help me when I try to convince people to move to the Heights. Most of my friends love the community but say they can't stand the police force. (sometimes prefering to have group events outside of the Hts due to it's history of speed traps and parking violations.) So, I hope this story is resolved soon and if any police officer acted with force unnecessarily - they should be fired.
Update 4-30 - Carolyn Fisher is found guilty on all counts. The PD has the story here. I object to them calling her a "peace" activist because that does not seem to accurately describe her. It looks like she is going to get a psychiatric evaluation. (Which implies to me, that perhaps it was obvious that she needed one - which is sad) The PD does note that " The prosecution and defense stories diverge at the point Fisher was told to stop putting up the posters." I heard her speak on the Joe Finan show and she told a convincing story but it did not seem to jive completely with the original story she gave when I first wrote this diary. Still, I'd like to know if the police did make ProBush/ Anti-free speech statements while arresting her - If that part of her story is true, the police acted inappropriately. That is one of those details though, that noone except those involved will ever know for sure. Overall, it still seems that the police could have done a better job handling this situation. I hope they were just caught off guard and not poorly trained. I'd also like to note that her "supporters" did her a disservice. They came off immature and disrespectful in reports and that detracted from Fishers believabilty. Anyways, I am glad it is over and I hope Carolyn Fisher gets some help.
Updates 3-3 - Since I first read this story more info has come out . Here is a witness account of the events:
Witness in Carolyn Fisher case speaks up
Update 2-27: As the facts come out, it seems to me that Carol Fisher is "looking for a controversy", Please read my update "Looking Bad for Carol Fisher"
Update 2-16: I thought I'd add links to additional news sources for this "he said, she said" case:
"Differing Accounts" Via NewsNet5
"Heights Crowd steps up for Fisher" Via SunPress
"Step Away from the Poster" Via FreeTimes
Accounts from Fisher and her protest group members via ClevelandIndyMedia
That's all I could find right now. I did get her age wrong, she's 53. If this is a case where the woman is exaggerating the claims for attention then the Cleveland Heights police force should be smarter, her claims paint the police department in a pretty poor light.
Tags:[Cleveland Heights Police], [Carolyn Fisher], [Bush Protestor]