A victory for liberty in Louisville
Do not comply: Policeman Matthew Schrenger has won a $75,000 settlement from the city of Louisville, Kentucky, for suspending him after he prayed, while off duty, in front of an abortion clinic.
Officer Matthew Schrenger was off-duty when he stopped to pray with his father on the public sidewalk outside the EMW Women’s Surgical Center nearly a year ago, on Feb. 20, according to the Thomas More Society. Schrenger arrived in the early morning, before the abortion provider opened, as part of 40 Days for Life, an international grassroots campaign dedicated to ending abortion through prayer and fasting.
Matt Heffron, senior counsel for the Thomas More Society, previously said that Schrenger, a 13-year police veteran, was praying the rosary, according to the local Fox affiliate, WDRB News.
For his actions, Schrenger was suspended for more than four months with pay, stripped of his police powers, and placed under investigation.
Though the lawsuit had specifically named Police Chief Erika Shields and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, according to the news report only the city of Louisville is the paying damages. This is very unfortunate. As I noted when I featured Schrenger’s suspension in an October blacklist column,
What should happen if Schrenger wins is that Shields and the Mayor should be held personally liable, and have to pay out of their own pocket any damages. What will more likely happen will be that the taxpayers will pick up the tab, and these two thugs will walk away unharmed. That’s how justice works today in America: Politicians and their political appointees are given immunity from punishment, allowing them to oppress without fear anyone they do not like or disagree with. [emphasis in original]
Sadly it appears my prediction has turned out to be true. The only solution now would be for the voters of Louisville to dump this mayor, something we should not bet on considering he is a Democrat and as usual Democrats dominate the population in this urban city.
Nonetheless, the good news is that this lawsuit has put these thugs on notice. Persecute conservatives and you will be sued, and face the risk of serious financial damage.
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