When I talk about political crimes such as videotaping police and planting too many tomato vines, casual readers might think I’m making this stuff up! But, sadly, I’m not.
Take the case of these two fine New York videographers:
The NYPD has created a “wanted” poster for a Harlem couple who film cops conducting stop-and-frisks and post the videos on YouTube — branding them “professional agitators” who portray cops in a bad light and listing their home address, DNAinfo.com New York has learned.
New York cops actually issued a wanted poster for this cute couple (see the slideshow at the below link) even though they aren’t accused of breaking any laws. That’s a political crime.
Their Garden is Too Big
When this Canadian couple planted a vegetable garden in their front lawn – a practice not just sensible and fun but also quite healthy and environmentally auspicious – I doubt that they ever expected the local government to get bent out of shape. But they did:
The city ordered Michel Beauchamp and his wife, Josée Landry, to dig up part of their garden, citing a city bylaw.
The bylaw says that front lawns in the couple’s St-Charles-de-Drummond neighbourhood must be 30 per cent grass.
Last week, the couple was told they would have five days to comply, or they would face fines of between $100 and $300 per day.
This fall, Drummondville plans to make it illegal to grow vegetables on front lawns anywhere in the city.
This is how insane things are getting. The courts don’t always grant relief and even then they can take years and more money than you want to spend. The kind of public relations aid we here at Shield Mutual specialize in is a worthy alternative. And at $50 per year it’s really quite affordable.
By the way, here is a petition that a friend coincidentally sent me just before I published this post about this very case! Like me, you may not think much of petitioning government. I personally would take a different approach. But I signed the petition anyway.