Trenton councilman attacks free speech over dispute with bloggers – Trentonian
TRENTON – Free speech is not free in the capital.
General Counsel Santiago Rodriguez wants Washington DC lawmakers to “review and revise all laws” regarding free speech after coming under fire in recent weeks from Trenton Orbit bloggers Bill Kearney and Michael Ranallo.
He claimed to have approached authorities with allegations that the bloggers hacked into his Facebook account.
Now he’s upping the ante by sponsoring a resolution that encourages Congress to “undertake an immediate review of all laws” dealing with First Amendment protections enjoyed by Americans.
“It’s going to go to Washington,” Rodriguez said. “This social media stuff needs to be regulated.”
Mayor Reed Gusciora called the move a “rather drastic way” by the councilman to settle an ongoing dispute with Trenton Orbit.
The drama began after Ranallo questioned Rodriguez’s recent actions.
The councilman abruptly shifted gears in days from wanting to oust council speaker Kathy McBride to resigning her seat so another Latino candidate could complete the final six months of her term.
Ranallo said the resolution amounted to censure and consulted with a lawyer about what action he could take if it passed at Thursday’s meeting.
“I’m going to frame it and hang it in my house. This will be our most ridiculous local government app in Trenton’s history. And that means something,” Ranallo said. “Trenton City Council doesn’t want people to have free speech. They don’t want to be criticized.
The police are “animals”
West Ward Councilwoman Robin Vaughn called the four Trenton cops involved in the shooting of Jajuan Henderson “animals” during a civic comment.
She falsely claimed that the officers were still patrolling the street while Union County prosecutors investigated their actions.
Officials said the four officers, including gunman Michael Gettler, have been placed on administrative leave.
The February encounter left Henderson, 29, paralyzed from the chest down.
His lawyers claim he drove to his baby mum’s car to retrieve a bottle of iced tea when officers, without probable cause, rolled over him and questioned him.
Vaughn accused city police of “terrorizing” residents and said lawmakers will try to oust Police Director Steven Wilson again in the coming weeks.