365Gay has the story out of Largo, Florida:

Nadine Smith, the executive director of Equality Florida, was arrested when she objected to being told by a city police officer she could not hand out flyers supporting Stanton in the lobby of City Hall.

The flyers said “Don’t discriminate.” When told to cease distributing them Smith asked “Why?”

She was hauled off to jail and accused of resisting arrest with violence, a felony.

This week prosecutors filed a motion dropping the charges.

“The state attorney, having taken testimony under oath at a state attorney investigation, concludes that the facts and circumstances revealed do not warrant prosecution at this time,” the motion said.

Did anyone really expect the charges to be procecuted and a guilty verdict obtained for passing out fliers that said “Don’t Discriminate”?  I know I for one would have been really surprised if the Largo or Florida state procecutors had followed through and indited Nadine Smith.  The charges seemed to be the “fiction” that Smith described the charges as:

“It has been extremely frustrating to see the complete fiction coming out of the Police Department and not (be) able to say so, ” Smith told the St Petersburg Times.

Autumn Sandeen

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