Distribution of April 8, 2010
James Babb, Michael Molloy, and Julian
Heicklen arrived at the U. S. District Courthouse at 601 Market Street
in Philadelphia on Thursday April 8, 2010, at 11:15 am. The
weather was warm and sunny—a beautiful spring day. We sat
on a bench and started talking. Almost immediately three Homeland
Security police officers arrived and started questioning us. What
are our names? Why are we there? Show us identification. We
refused to answer any of their questions or show identification.
Heicklen purposely does not carry identification to these events.
Heicklen said that is was none of their business. Furthermore
Heicklen demanded that the officers provide their names and badge
numbers, as they are required to do. They refused. One of
the officers seized Heicklen's sign, which read JURY INFO.
Heicklen demanded that it be returned. The officer refused.
Heicklen wrestled it back into his possession.
Meantime Babb and Molloy were taking pictures.
At 11:30 am an officer said to Michael Molloy "If you get too close
with that camera, I will rip it out of your hands and shove it down
your throat." A fourth officer joined the group and informed Babb,
Molloy, and Heicklen that it was not permissible to distribute
literature on federal property without a permit. Heicklen
responded that he had a permit. He pulled a U. S. Constitution
out of his pocket and showed the officer Amendment 1. He said
that was his permit. The officer said that was not
sufficient. Heicklen pointed out that the Amendment started with
"Congress shall make no law..." Heicklen asked the officer what
is it about the word "no" that he does not understand.
At this point the officers left the scene and went
into the courthouse. At 11:45 am, we started distributing FIJA
flyers. Three additional Tyranny Fighters joined us. These
were: George Donnelly, Adam Ochonicki and Richard Schwarz. Some
distributed fliers, some took notes, some took pictures, and one person
held our JURY INFO sign. A passerby, Jean Fung, had his picture
taken with Heicklen holding the JURY INFO sign.
During this time ten Homeland Security Officers and
three Philadelphia police cars appeared. Altogether there were 15
officers present. Their behavior was much changed. (My
guess is that they received some legal advice while in the
courthouse.) They left us alone and even became friendly.
One officer even offered his name as Gary. We distributed about
100 pamphlets and left at 1:15 pm for lunch. We invited the
Homeland Security police officers to join us, but they declined.
We went across the street for Chinese lunch.