PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL (FRANK BROWN PARK) – On Saturday, April 23, 2016, four determined Americans (with tickets) went into the Panama City Beach “Big Lick” Horse Show to exercise their rights under the First Amendment, and speak for “The Horses” who cannot speak for themselves, and hand out “Anti-Soring” literature provided by FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses).
The Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty and FOSH (Friends of Sound Horses) have assumed pre-eminent national leadership roles in advocating for the welfare of “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horses, both on the front lines where the battle is being waged, and inside the Beltway in Washington, DC.
On April 12, 2016, Honorable U. S. District Judge Mark E. Walker for the Northern District of Florida, issued an Order which enjoined the municipality of Panama City Beach, Florida from further “suppressing free speech at the Frank Brown Park”. The matter had been put at issue by a devout Christian, Mr. Richard McMahon, who was told by Panama City Beach police at the 2015 Thunder Beach Motorcycle Rally that he would be arrested if he continued distributing religious tracts. Mr. McMahon sued the City over freedom of speech at the Frank Brown Park, and a Hearing on Mr. McMahon’s Motion For Preliminary Injunction was held on March 25, 2016.
www.billygoboy.com broke the story of Judge Walker’s decision on April 13, 2016, of the set out in a 78 page Order.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT JUDGE MARK E. WALKER HAMMERS PANAMA CITY BEACH, FLORIDA OFFICIALS FOR SUPPRESSING FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT TO FREEDOM OF SPEECH AT PCB OWNED FRANK BROWN PARK GUARANTEED BY THE U. S. CONSTITUTION
The Panama City News-Herald then featured a front page article which appeared on Saturday, April 16, 2016.
Judge Walker’s Order made it apparent that the Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty Protest at the Panama City Beach “Big Lick” Horse Show, slated to start on April 21, 2016, was going to be the “test case” for freedom of speech, before the Thunder Beach Motorcyle Rally started on April 27, 2016, where Mr. Richard McMahon is expected to appear to exercise his First Amendment right to freedom of speech.
CITIZENS CAMPAIGN AGAINST “BIG LICK” ANIMAL CRUELTY AT PANAMA CITY BEACH CITY HALL/CONVENTION & VISITORS BUREAU ON APRIL 21, 2016
The Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty arrived at the Panama City Beach City Hall/Convention & Visitors Bureau at 3:30 p. m. on Thursday, April 21, 2016, to stand up for “The Horses” who can’t speak for themselves.
Then the Citizens went from the PCB City Hall to the PCB owned Frank Brown Park. At the Park, there was confusion with St. Andrew Baptist Church volunteers who were selling tickets were unknowingly blocking public roads so a Protest rally set up point was not established.
After protesting in various locations for about an hour, the Citizens Campaign decided that three Advocates who had tickets to the horse show would go into the Park and exercise their First Amendment freedom of speech, and hand out Anti-Soring literature to those people who wanted to learn about the Animal Cruelty necessary to create the “Big Lick” Tennessee Walking Horse:
Citizens Campaign Against “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty at Frank Brown Park
After entering the Horse Show, the advocates circulated and offered literature to anyone who wanted it.
While they were doing so, they were confronted by Mr. Todd Fisher, Officer and Director of Gulf Charity Celebration Association, Inc, who threatened:
- To have them arrested if they were not gone in 20 minutes;
- To have “his attorney” Ms. Martha “Sister” Blackmon Milligan to become involved;’
- They would not receive a refund of the $12.00 ticket price.
“BIG LICK” HORSE SHOW MANAGER MR. TODD FISHER – THREATENING TO HAVE HORSE SHOW PATRONS ARRESTED AT FRANK BROWN PARK FOR HANDING OUT ANTI-SORING SHEETS (FOSH) Friends of Sound Horses
After being threatened by Mr. Todd Fisher with arrest, the three Citizens Campaign advocates left the horse show grounds, and the following interviews took place which were conducted with each interviewee outside the presence of the other two.
STATEMENT BY MR. KEVIN RUDISILL – April 21, 2016
STATEMENT BY MS. TINA RUDISILL – April 21, 2016
STATEMENT BY MS. ANN MAULBECK – April 21, 2016
Mr. Clant M. Seay with the Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty then called the Panama City Beach Police, and reported that Horse Show official Mr. Todd Fisher had interfered with the freedom of speech rights of the three animal welfare advocates, The PCB police officer arrived on the scene and listened to what the advocates had to say, and then went into the Show Grounds, and came back out with Bay County Deputy Chris Hollis who observed the PCB officer take the witness statements of the three Citizens Campaign representatives, and then the PCB PD officer left to file her report.
The next day, Mr. Seay communicated with the PCB attorney, and hand-delivered to the Deputy Sheriff Chris Hollis at the Frank Brown Park a copy of Judge Walker’s 78 page Order.
Referring to Judge Walker’s Order, the City attorney advised Mr. Seay on April 21, 2016,
“It applies to the entire park and finds everywhere to be a traditional public forum in which 1st A applies and that includes the area licensed for the Horse show.”
Mr. Seay met with PCB City Manager Mr. Mario Gisbert at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, April 22, 2016, to have a “status discussion”. At that time he learned that, following U. S. District Judge Mark Walker’s Order dated April 12, 2016, that horse show Founder Ms. Martha “Sister” Milligan had published “Rules” that Mr. Gisbert referred to as “Sister’s Rules”. Mr. Seay inquired of City Attorney Ms Myers with regard to “Sister’s Rules” and was provided a copy of them.
“SISTER MILLIGAN’S RULES”
PCB City Attorney Ms. Myers advised, that in her opinion, some of “Sister’s Rules” would not pass “constitution muster”.
Mr. Seay provided the following letter to the PCB City Attorney:
April 22, 2016
The attached interviews are what happened last night at the Horse Show.
This is the literature that Mr. Kevin Rudisill, Ms. Tina Rudisill and Ms. Ann Maulbeck were offering to people at the Horse Show last night.
Mr. Todd Fisher is an Officer and Director of your licensee, Gulf Coast Charity Celebration Association, Inc.
In the interest of public safety, I demand that you immediately notify Mr. Fisher and Ms. Milligan to cease and desist violating U. S. District Judge Mark E. Walker’s Order, by intimidating persons exercising their constitutional right to free speech in your public park in the manner that Judge Walker set out in his April 12, 2016, Order in the McMahon v PCB et al litigation.
I request to be copied on your communication to them.
I request you to please advise Mr. Gisbert to proactively deal with this situation.
I repeat my request the PCB PD have an officer AT the horse show on Friday and Saturday night.
Please be advised that there is a Warrant out for Mr. Fisher’s arrest in Mississippi for an assault upon me which is documented in this photo on March 28, 2016. This photo, along with the three statements from Mr. and Mrs. Rudisill and Ms. Maulbeck put you on notice what this individual is capable of doing.
I ask you, Mr. Doug Sale, and Mr. Gisbert to take control of this situation immediately.
It is time for you to intervene, and provide for the public safety at the city owned Frank Brown Park.
I am attaching Judge Walker’s Order.
By not having a PCB Police Officer on premise AT the Horse Show you are putting these citizens at risk.
That is unacceptable.
Clant M. Seay,
Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty
So things rolled into Saturday with the Citizens Campaign preparing to Frank Brown Park to protest the “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty.
On Saturday, April 23, 2016, prior to the horse show, Mr. Seay hand-delivered a letter along with a Maury County, Tennessee Court Order, and 14 pages of journalism documentation to the PCB PD Watch Commander and to Bay County Deputy Hollis, which stated, “As a working journalist, I have freedom of the press under the First Amendment to the U. S. Constitution. I will exercise that right at the horse show at the public Park in accordance with the principles set out in U. S. District Judge Mark E. Walker Order dated April 12, 2015. This Order has been provided to PCB Police Chief Whitman and Bay County Sheriff McKeithen. Here is excerpt from Ms. Myers April 21, 2016 email letter (copy attached) referring to Judge Walker’s Order, “It applies to the entire park and finds everywhere to be a traditional public forum in which 1st A applies and that includes the area licensed for the Horse show.”
On Saturday, April 23, 2016, the Citizens Campaign arrived at 4:30 p.m., and established a position in front of the gate where members of the St. Andrew Baptist Church were selling tickets for the horse show. Mr. Fisher roared up and was very unhappy with the Citizens Campaign appearance and immediately tried to intimidate Citizens Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty representatives. When the tactics did not work, he returned with Deputy Sheriff Hollis.
Mr. Hollis said there was a “No Parking” sign where the Protest Rally was set up. Mr. Seay said nobody was parking cars at the location, rather a truck was temporarily parked there and being unloaded with items for the Citizens Protest. The unloading finished, then the truck was moved.
Then Ms. “Sister” Milligan appeared on the scene at the gate the cars were going in, she and started putting up her signs.
Then WHTA (Walking Horse Trainers Association officer Mr. Billy Morgan asked to visit with Mr. Seay, and they conferred privately.
SATURDAY NIGHT SHOW DOWN WITH “BIG LICK” HORSE SHOW OFFICIALS APRIL 23, 2016 – FRANK BROWN PARK – PANAMA CITY BEACH
Four Americans stood up for America and “The Horses”.
They walked back into the Panama City Beach “Big Lick” Horse Show determined to not be intimidated by Mr. Todd Fisher or Ms. Martha “Sister” Milligan. They were intent on not leaving under any circumstances other than they were told by law enforcement that they would be arrested if they did not leave.
On Saturday night, the Citizens Campaign Against Big Lick Animal Cruelty advocates handed out Anti-Soring information sheets to persons who wanted them.
Some people objected to them being there, and they also exercised their freedom of speech and made themselves heard. Others were glad to receive the information and thanked the advocates.
Show official Mr. Todd Fisher and horse show founder Ms. Martha “Sister” Milligan were definitely not happy with the Americans expressing free speech at “their” horse show being held in a public park. Bay County Sheriff Deputy Chris Hollis was called to the scene. Eyewitnesses heard Deputy Hollis tell Gulf Coast Charity Celebration Association, Inc. official Mr. Todd Fisher, and “Big Lick” horse show founder Ms. Martha “Sister” Milligan that the Americans handing out the FOSH Anti-Soring literature had the right to do so, and no one could interfere with them, and they would not be arrested.
And this time, unlike Thursday night, the Citizens Campaign representatives walked out of the Horse Show when they got ready, and only after having exercised their constitutional right to free speech to stand up for the horses and distributing literature illustrating “Big Lick” Animal Cruelty at the public park.
God Bless America!