Lake protests drug sting at council [UPDATED]Published 9:51am Friday, June 10, 2011 Updated 11:53am Friday, June 10, 2011
A Fergus Falls resident sometimes seen with signs or an old American Flag on the corner of Lincoln and Union avenues came to the city council meeting on Monday to protest the Operation: Spring Cleanup drug sting.
Joshua Lake read from a lengthy letter during the council’s open forum segment. The letter protested what he called “secret police” and claimed that undercover operations can entice people to commit crimes they might not otherwise have committed. At one point, he pointed out that Jesus spent time with prostitutes and other unsavory people and wondered what a “secret police” dossier would have to say about him.
After exceeding his 5-minute open forum time limit, Lake was cut off by Mayor Hal Leland, but Lake continued to speak loudly, drowning out Leland and Alderman Pat Connelly as they attempted to make him stop.
Finally, he said, “Stop the secret police!” and went back to his seat. He complained briefly that he had a first amendment right to speak before leaving the chamber.Tags: city council, Operation: Spring Cleanup