Face Your Freedom Rally Tomorrow At Missoula County Courthouse

by Travis Mateer

Tomorrow starting at 10am an event will be transpiring on the courthouse lawn. The keynote speaker will be Jennifer Carlson, the conservative candidate for House District 69. Her speech will start around 1:45pm.

My slot for the noise I plan on bringing is somewhere between 12:15-1:15pm. The broad topic I’ll be speaking about is corruption in government.

Yesterday I picked up the visual aid I’ll be using to help me ask some VERY pointed questions about just HOW corrupt some of our institutions are. I can’t wait.

It will be interesting to see what kind of local media attention this event gets. Since there could be some breaking news coming out of this thing, I hope a few reporters are present to watch.

Maybe I’ll even have a few Sheriff Deputies there, since the courthouse lawn has ZERO encampment structures to strike terror in their little hearts.

I’ve been giving some special attention recently to Missoula Sheriff Deputies because I learned they didn’t get much attention during that Department of Justice investigation into the mishandling of rape and sexual assault cases on campus.

The link is to the DOJ announcement–issued on May 1st, 2012–regarding the investigation that was being launched. Here’s an excerpt:

The department has opened a Title IX compliance review and Title IV investigation regarding the University of Montana’s response to sexual assaults and sexual harassment of students.  Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Title IV of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 each prohibit sex discrimination, including sexual assault and sexual harassment, in education programs.  There have been at least 11 reported sexual assaults involving university students in an 18-month period.  The department will also coordinate with the Department of Education on a related sexual harassment complaint received by that department.

The Justice Department also announced today that it has opened a civil pattern or practice investigation into the University of Montana’s Office of Public Safety (OPS), the Missoula Police Department (MPD) and the Missoula County Attorney’s Office.  This investigation will focus on allegations that OPS, MPD and the Missoula County Attorney’s Office are failing to adequately investigate and prosecute alleged sexual assaults against women in Missoula, due to gender discrimination in violation of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and the anti-discrimination provisions of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968.  There have been at least 80 alleged rapes in Missoula in the past three years.  The investigation will look at assaults against all women in Missoula, not just university students.

Department officials met with city, police and university officials, who pledged their full cooperation with the investigations.

Do you see the Missoula County Sheriff’s Department mentioned anywhere? Why not?

Since playing games with jurisdictions is a tactic power players like to utilize when avoiding accountability and/or the pesky expectation that one does the fucking job they are being paid by the taxpayer to do, I’m interested to learn more about how and why the Sheriff’s Department evaded scrutiny during the DOJ investigation.

I hope to see you there, but if you can’t make it, I’m sure I’ll be writing something up about the day’s activities on Sunday.

Thanks for reading!

About Travis Mateer

I'm an artist and citizen journalist living and writing in Montana. You can contact me here: willskink at yahoo dot com
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