Please allow FREE SPEECH, and the protections of the US Constitution on the properties that you own and manage.
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On November 5, 2013, David Wells, a former decorated police officer, was arrested at the Monmouth Mall in Eatontown, New Jersey for defiant tresspass. In his account, Dave said he was approached by two security guards who told him he was violating the rules of the mall that prohibits anyone from talking to people about religion or handing out leaflets. Dave contends he simply engaged his fellow citizens in one-on-one conversations. If they wished to be left alone he thanked them and walked away. The arrest was made by local police who were summoned by security guards at the mall.
After discussing this policy with a manager at Monmouth Mall, and reviewing the mall's "Code of Conduct" in question, it is our opinion that this policy prohibits the expression of free speech as provided under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. Our interpretation of the manager's explanation and the mall's code of conduct makes a reasonable person believe, if you engage any person anywhere on mall property and utter anything "religious"; and/or hand out leaflets and that utterance brings a complaint from at least one person, you will be asked to leave the property and arrested if you don't comply.
Dave, standing up for our religious freedom and our Constitutional rights, was treated like a common criminal. His crime? Refusing to leave the mall for engaging people in conversation about God's love and salvation.
We also belive Vornado Realty Trust is a reputable company with high moral and ethical standards. We believe the individual merchants at this mall are not culpable for this behavior and we are NOT calling for a boycott of any business at the mall or any Vornado property. We are respectful of their staff, administrators and officers. We believe that they will partner with us to right this injustice.
Please sign this petition to compel Vornado Realty Trust, and/or the owners of Monmouth Mall, to change their policies to comply with the protections of the United States Constitution and judicial case law banning discrimination.
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