Attorney asked to look into city's solicitation ordinance

Published: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 08:17 PM.

 “That paved the way for the meltdown in 2007,” Mathis said.

“Lyndon LaRouche and LaRouche PAC are what stand between you and an otherwise inevitable collapse of civilization,” the PAC’s website states.

City Council members, City Adminstrator Dan Miner, and Police Chief Kevin Crews all received phone calls about the LaRouche volunteers, who were soliciting donations and selling memberships on the sidewalk in front of the Chipley Post Office.

“Every time we went down there, they started quoting federal laws and Supreme Court rulings,” Miner said. “If we make a decision, we want to make sure it is the right one.”

Miner said the LaRouche PAC had been travelling across the Panhandle, stopping in cities and seeking donations. “One day they were in Bonifay, and the next they were in Tallahassee,” Miner said. “You can bet they have done this enough to know all the loop holes in the law.”

“Our ordinances don’t really have the teeth in them to let us enforce them,” said Police Chief Crews. “Normally, when we arrest someone, we use the state statute, and we’re dealing with criminals.”

Miner said toward the end of the day, he and Crews had decided that arresting the LaRouche representatives was really the only way the city could respond, and that had the potential of opening the city up to a lawsuit.

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