Outrage in NJ: Mother arrested, guns taken, for speaking at public meeting

Homeowner Eileen Hart
Homeowner Eileen Hart: Is this the image of a domestic terrorist?

The Bill of Rights is comprised of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, and the town of Newfield, N.J., appears hell-bent on repealing every single one of them.

Newfield homeowner Eileen Hart attended an informal meeting Saturday to discuss property “revaluations” in light of the findings by Appraisal System’s Inc., a firm hired by New Jersey to assess the fair market value of properties in each county.

According to the Examiner’s Harriet Baldwin:

There has been much derision caused by these “revaluations” by homeowners, because property values have fallen dramatically- and the real estate market has been hit very hard . There is nothing “fair” about the market or the home values that have been assessed, according to many New Jersey families.

Ms. Hart attended the meeting, armed with- as she said, “her Constitution and the facts.”

“I tried to express my opinion and tell them that my Constitutional rights had been violated. I began quoting the Constitution, line by line,” Hart said.

Ms. Hart tried to explain that Appraisal Systems, Inc. was attempting to inspect her property without her husband being present. As an Orthodox Jew, this is against the tenets of her religion. Her husband had to be present. According to Ms. Hart, she was unable to express this concern.

“She also wouldn’t let me speak and told me to sit down and shut up and listen as well. That’s when the young man came toward me,” Hart said. “I knew he was going to put his hands on me. I saw him out of the corner of my eye. I said to him, ‘Don’t you dare touch me.’ Then they threw us out of the auditorium. The young man from Appraisal Systems, Inc. was the one going postal, and I believe if he had a gun, he would have shot me, Keith and Khloe on the spot. I was calm the entire time.”

When Hart arrived home, she was greeted by five squad cars. She accompanied the police to the station, where she was eventually arrested. The complaint said: “The Defendant was yelling and screaming and making the threatening comment. ‘If the door is locked. I’ll be back with a gun.’”

Hart denied ever making such a statement, or ever raising her voice at the meeting. Nonetheless, the police confiscated the two firearms the family kept at home for private protection.

Rather than asking the meeting’s other participants, the police proceeded with the arrest.

BizPac Review spoke to fellow New Jersey resident Joseph M. Ryan, who said he was “outraged” by the circumstances.

Ryan said that Hart “has never made crazy statements or said anything that I know of that would be considered threatening. To think the mere act of going to a town hall meeting to show your displeasure about government policy can now get you arrested and have your legally owned guns confiscated by the government should be a concern to all Americans.”

“To add to this outrage she is the daughter of Holocaust survivors,” he said.  “The thought of this happening all over again must be devastating to her and her family.”

Read more at The Examiner.


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