Brighton Michigan’s decision to punish “annoying” behavior

The new ordinance lets police ticket and fine ($100!) those who “repeatedly commit acts that alarm or seriously annoy another person and that serve no legitimate purpose.” Seriously.

Snark award goes to

Michigan finds itself in such financial distress that its Congressional contingent has successfully harangued the White House into multi-billion-dollar loans to private enterprise.  I find that extremely annoying. …

Freedom of speech means tolerating that speech we find annoying.  In fact, freedom of speech means absolutely nothing if it doesn’t protect annoying speech.  Pleasant and unremarkable speech needs no protection from government, after all.  Unless the speech and signs violate some other law, perhaps by blocking entrances to buildings or impeding traffic, then those annoyed can easily avoid it — or rebut it with their own free speech.

Bonus: submit your own annoyance to the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus


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