Chalk message against immigration policy draws charge 

click to enlarge SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
  • Shutterstock.com

The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado will represent Shauna Johnson, a mother of two who was charged with "criminal tampering" after she wrote "Stop putting kids in cages" in chalk on the sidewalk outside U.S. Rep. Ken Buck's Castle Rock District Office, the ACLU said in a release.

Johnson made the message using her kids' chalk after visiting Buck's office on June 6 to discuss the Trump Administration's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents at the border.

During a half-hour discussion, Buck's district director defended the policy and called media reports about child detention centers "fake news," the ACLU reported.

ACLU of Colorado Legal Director Mark Silverstein called the charge, a misdemeanor punishable by three to 12 months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine, an "overly zealous criminal prosecution" and noted a sheriff's deputy told her if she returned to Buck's office without an appointment she could be charged with trespass.

Johnson awaits an Aug. 19 court date. Buck's spokesperson couldn't be reached for comment.


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Local News

Readers also liked…

All content © Copyright 2019, The Colorado Springs Independent

Website powered by Foundation