Birthday Dr. King - Jacqueline Smith Arrested!
10.00 am on January 15th, Martin Luther King Day, Jacqueline Smith was
arrested at the protest site and taken into custody at Shelby County
Correction Center. The charge, disorderly conduct, born out of displaying
new signs at the Protest Site.
signs, which had already caused so much anger to the museum had created
even further furore. The police were called and Jacqueline's liberty
was taken away from her. Why? For simply displaying signs that the National
Civil Rights Museum happen to disagree with.
you can hardly expect them to be happy about a sign that says "$8
Million for James Earl Ray Exhibition - $ Zero for the Poor, Needy and
Displaced" or " Road Closed while $8 million is being spent
on creating a shrine to Death and Violence" it is hardly a major
criminal offense. It would appear the charge of disorderly conduct is
based on the testimony of Officer G. Terry-Cook who claims that the
5 feet tall, petite, 49 year old "manhandled" the police officers.
a peaceful vigil lasting 13 years, somehow this just doesn't ring true.
yourself, If the signs had stated "Happy Birthday Dr. King"
or "Visit the National Civil Rights Museum" would Jacqueline
Smith have been arrested? I think you already know the answer.
help in any way you can to restore the civil rights of Jacqueline Smith
who has campaigned tirelessly to uphold the dream of Dr. King.