ACLU Takes on Second Amendment-Related Free Speech Case
On May 1, 2013, Jordan Klaffer was shooting his gun at targets on his family’s private property in Missouri, as he frequently does.
That particular day, he was interrupted by Officer Jerry Bledsoe, who said he was responding to a noise complaint. Bledsoe gave Klaffer an ultimatum: Give me your guns, or you’ll be arrested for disturbing the peace.
Klaffer recorded the conversation and posted it on YouTube. Here’s the footage:
After the arrest, Klaffer shared the assualt on his liberties on YouTube, Instagram Facebook where he posted side-by-side photos of Officer Bledsoe and Saddam Hussein (image below).
In retaliation, a disapproving Officer Bledsoe accused Klaffer of harassment and stalking. He obtained a court order to shut Klaffer down, i.e., “remove all videos, photos, and text referencing” the officer. (????)
In February, the ACLU of Missouri on Klaffer’s behalf against Beldsoe. See excerpt of press release below.
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