November 16, 2015      7:24 PM
Contrary to his claims, police video shows MQ Sullivan was not threatened by Corsicana Police
Video also shows Texas Right to Life President Jim Graham was ecstatic about police citations that he and Sullivan would later use as tools for fundraising
As some self-proclaimed conservatives plan
to again protest a Rep. Byron Cook
campaign event later today, video has surfaced that was filmed during their
last protest of the chairman. It shows that claims made about Corsicana
Police by Michael Quinn Sullivan are dubious at best.
Sullivan and Texas Right to Life
President Jim Graham told a tale of police
"intimidation" in Corsicana a few weeks
ago. They claimed their freedom of speech had been chilled when they were
issued citations for violating a city ordinance requiring a permit for
gatherings of over 25 people occupying a public roadway.
Sullivan said he and others were
"Threatened With Jail.” Sullivan, who handles the
day-to-day operations of Empower Texans for the group’s
Chairman Tim Dunn, claimed that “the
of Corsicana doesn’t put much stock in that whole First Amendment prohibition
against government ‘abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the
right of the people peaceably to assemble.’”
But, police body camera video of Sullivan
and Graham's interactions with officers reveals a very different story – a
story of those police officers being extremely lenient, polite, agreeable, and asking
for cooperation. In short: The video is not all that exciting, which is exactly
the point. On social media and in fundraising emails, Sullivan and Graham
portrayed the day’s events as an epic showdown with an overbearing police force
while freedom of speech hung in the balance.
It was nothing like that.
By Scott Braddock