“Office Policy” vs Constitution
Griffith said his staff didn’t call the police on the protestors. They simply, in accordance with a new policy enacted after the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., let the police know ahead of time that a crowd was anticipated. Bristol Herald Courier
A tea party supporter from Patrick County stopped by Morgan Griffith’s office on Wednesday, March 16th on his way to Blacksburg. His wife had told him about the protest. When the gentleman decided to talk to some of the nice office ladies about some of the issues and asked Griffith’s office manager why the police were there, he was told that the DC office instructed them to “phone the police and have them insist on a permit or disband.”
So Griffith’s staff didn’t call the police on the protestors—only they did. Because of this ‘new policy’. So, here’s the question: Does ”Office Policy” trump the US and Virginia Constitution? Ninth District Liberty Coalition member Phil Spence, after speaking at length with Griffith’s Chief of Staff, Kelly Lungren, isn’t satisfied with the Congressman’s response.
So he asks the Governor. Here is his letter: