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David Hardee

City Administration is responsible to enforce:

Texas Penal Code § 42.03 states:

(a) A person commits an offense if, without legal privilege or authority, he intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly: (1) obstructs a highway, street, sidewalk, railway, waterway, elevator, aisle, hallway, entrance, or exit to which the public or a substantial group of the public has access,..

Freedom of speech and the right of assembly when intended to obstruct the general public is an unlawful act. The right to assemble should not infringe by allowing public street closure for demonstrations. There are plenty of public Parks where these demonstrations will not disrupt traffic. City administration that assists and permits street closures for demonstration is a disturbance of the peace.

If a permit was issued city administration is basically responsible for every aspect of this fiasco.

CASE ON POINT – demonstration and street closing related to Neely fiasco.

The bottom line is that the arrest of Neely was legal and procedurally executed. Nothing done to Neely was unique. The zealous activist (Lawyer, family and politicians) intended to create a sensational disturbance against social tranquility. The family and friends of Neely should be shamed for allowing the admitted mentally impaired Neely to be unsupervised. The lawyer and families actions inflicted unjustified assault on the Police department and on Galveston society. Politicians that rushed in to project themselves as champions against a non-racist police activity need to be identified in a GDN article, castigated for stupidity and required to apologize to the public.

Clinton Stevens

“Politicians that rushed in to project themselves as champions against a non-racist police activity need to be identified in a GDN article”

Could not agree with you more.

Wayne Holt

David, somewhere along the line it became fashionable in America to allow every conceivable type of demonstration, event, festival, walk-a-thon, marathon, parade and what-have-you onto the streets and byways that were constructed for vehicle traffic. What used to be reserved for very special occasions now only requires some group to show up at City offices, fill out a few forms, the barricades go up...and the streets become pathways.

When is enough, enough? A cause may be worthwhile, an event fun, but the proliferation of these closings often benefit those who don't even live on the island.

Between dodging nighttime electric skateboard and scooter riders coming down the center stripe and thousands streaming into town to use our streets for their event backdrop, it's getting hard to use the roadways safely for what they were designed for...to accommodate vehicular traffic.

Paula Morris

Well said, David Hardee. If Neely's family members are concerned about him to the point of contacting civil rights attorneys, why weren't they concerned enough before the arrest to provide him with shelter?

Jim Forsythe

Paula, I hope you have never had a close friend or family member that have had bipolar disorder or as some call it, manic depression. If you have, you know about the high highs and the low lows. It is a mental disorder that requires professional help. It is not as easy as taking a person into your home . If they refuse to go home with you, you can not force them to do so. A court order is required to do almost anything to help them, unless they are a danger to themselves or others. My hope is that the judge will order him to receive the help he needs. But the bad part about this is a lot of times when they are in the high high stage, they refuse to take medication they need, because they are felling so good in this stage. After refusing the medications the need, they will go into the low lows stage is when they are in the most risk of suicide. During this period, self-harm occurs in 30–40 percent of people with bipolar disorder. We all need to all hope that Mr. Neely and his family gets the help they need.

Please do not down play the help he needs.

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