From Republican Precinct Committeeman Jamie Grubich:
Demonstrators threatened with arrest by city alderman
On Sunday, August 12, 2018, after church, fourteen friends, family members and pets gathered for a one hour peaceful demonstration to create additional awareness among McHenry residents for the group Citizens for Consolidation whose aim is to get more taxpayers involved with local initiatives for better governance through consolidation measures to eliminate redundant, inefficient, layers of government .
With 10 minutes left of our planned demonstration, McHenry City Alderman Andy Glab arrived at our location on North Richmond Road and Blake Boulevard in front of Meijer Foods with I-pad in hand and proceeded to walk among us taking pictures of everyone in our group and all of our signage telling us
- that we were not allowed to be there,
- that our signs were not allowed in the right of way in the public easement and
- threatening us with arrest for violating the law.
Earlier that hour a policeman drove by on his way into the nearby gas station and did not stop at all to question us about our peaceful demonstration so we were surprised by the threatening behavior of Alderman Glab.
His photographing of every individual in our group left one of our seniors very distraught and one of the children in tears which then upset the dogs.
We left the area at the planned time of 11:00. Alderman Glab waited nearby in his car at the edge of the Meijer parking lot and watched as our group departed the area.
As a McHenry resident and a taxpayer, do I not have a First Amendment right in McHenry?