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Man Arrested for Public Signs Wins Settlement From Sheriff's Office and Spurs Reform

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Free Speech

Rikki Schlott | 6.23.2021 2:30 PM

When Robin Hordon, 73, brought his political signs to a Fourth of July celebration at a local public park, he landed himself a night in jail—and was held at $50,000 bail. Nearly two years later, he has not only secured a hefty settlement for violations of his constitutional rights but also inspired meaningful police reform.

Hordon is an artist and activist known for displaying his homemade political signs throughout the community of Kingston, Washington. According to the local newspaper, he endeavors to inspire conversation and dubs his activism "civil informationing," championing causes like feminism, anti-militarism, and environmentalism (as well as the occasional September 11 conspiracy theory).

In 2019, he brought some of his signs to a public outdoor Fourth of July concert at Mike Wallace Park. The largest poster measured approximately 6 feet across. One side read "Protect Democracy Vote," and the other simply "Save Earth."

Sheriff's office agrees to policy changes and free speech training after jailing activist https://t.co/VDtNOqf7Nb

— KitsapSun (@KitsapSun) June 19, 2021

Hordon was asked to remove the signs by the harbormaster,........

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