At the May 18 Board of Supervisors meeting, upon the call of his name Mason Pickett approached the speaker’s podium with intent to address the board on an unknown topic. Before Pickett could begin his remarks, Price launched a preemptive strike, admonishing Pickett that his speech was limited to one of only three categories.
In ensuing clarification dialog with Price, Pickett’s microphone was muted for more than a minute at Price’s direction—depriving Albemarle County citizens of their right to witness and assess their government proceedings.
Ultimately, Price threatened a stunned Pickett with removal by Albemarle County police if he continued speaking. Within moments, Pickett left the building on his own accord—and without his First Amendment rights.
Price’s knee-jerk censorship of Pickett’s presumed speech was an abomination.
Price’s arrogance in presuming the content of Pickett’s speech before it was delivered was likely contra-Constitutional.
And in holding Mason Pickett’s ability to speak to a higher standard than others in the same circumstance have been held, Price’s egregious violation of Pickett’s civil liberties may well land Dirty Donna on the wrong side of a gavel.