Stop the prosecution of Jeff Olson for chalk grafitti
  • Petitioned Jan Goldsmith

This petition was delivered to:

City Attorney
Jan Goldsmith

Stop the prosecution of Jeff Olson for chalk grafitti

    1. John Anderson
    2. Petition by

      John Anderson


As originally reported in the San Diego Reader:

This week, North Park resident Jeff Olson will appear in court to fight a charge of 13 counts of misdemeanor vandalism charges for writing protest slogans in chalk from February to August 2012. The charges could send Olson to jail for 13 years and put him on the hook for $13,000 in restitution to the City and to Bank of America.

This is an obvious abuse of power and a wasteful use of the resources of the City of San Diego. Additionally, the charges filed against Mr. Olson will likely intimidate future political demonstrations and protests. This is emphasized by the trial judge's decision to issue a gag order and prohibit the defense from citing the 1st Amendment.

I urge all San Diegans, as well as interested parties that do not live in San Diego, to see this prosecution as a poor use of judgment and resources by the San Diego City Attorney to sign this petition and show your support for Jeff Olson.

Hopefully the support shown here will help to convince Mr. Goldsmith and the Office of the City Attorney to stop this inane trial that is already garnering negative national attention.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • james williams PUYALLAP, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      this is a great injustice....

    • Douglas Corley SOLANA BEACH, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Free Speech, abuse of government power, waste of tax payer funds

    • Carol Lillian Alongi CHEHALIS, WA
      • over 1 year ago

      Goldsmith and company CROSSED THE LINE of ALL nations - the line of respect, fairness and honesty 100%! This case is blatant proof HOW CORRUPT THE CALIFORNIA COURT SYSTEM HAS BECOME! SHAME ON THEM to commit so many crimes even before a trial! People remember no one is above the REAL law + 18 USC sec 4 demands anyone who knows of a felony must report it to higher authorities - no recourse means MUST report or you are guilty of your silence as an accomplice to the felony. Wake up time!

    • Aeyrie Silver Eagle YORBA LINDA, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      I grew up in San Diego. This is so embarrassing to our city. Jan Goldsmith, you are SO overreaching. Stop this now and drop the charges!

    • Sara Johnson CARLSBAD, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Darrell Freeman, on behalf of Bank of America, is using unfair influence to punish Mr. Olson for exercising his constitutional right to peaceful protest. If BofA wants to waste their own money in civil court that's one thing but it's quite another to use taxpayer money to unfairly prosecute (and attempt to silence) a good man!


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