Thursday, February 02, 2017
Police Arrest Medford Man for Posting Hate Speech Flyers in Downtown Ashland
Free speech protections bypassed with a flimsy excuse. How do leaflets "deface" anything?
Authorities have arrested a Medford man for posting hate-speech flyers in downtown Ashland last Sunday night.
Detectives with the Ashland Police Department arrested 28-year-old Justin Anthony Marbury on Tuesday and charged him with five counts of Criminal Mischief.
Marbury is accused of posting flyers referencing white supremacy and the Nazi party. An investigation was launched following several complaints from citizens.
Ashland Police Chief Tighe O’Meara said it is important to note that Marbury was arrested for defacing private property with the flyers, not directly for what the flyers contained.
However, Chief O’Meara said the police department also recognizes the incendiary nature of the flyers made this situation more alarming and concerning to members of the community.
While hate speech is protected under the United States and Oregon Constitutions, the Ashland Police Department vows to do everything it can to ensure all members of the community feel as safe as possible from perceived threats to their safety.