“Connecticut police say they arrested a man at a management company after he mentioned the shooting rampage across the state that killed nine people and said he understood the killer’s mindset,” ksnt.com reports. “Fifty-eight-year-old Francis Laskowski of Derby was charged with breach of peace Wednesday after making the comments while working at Fusco Management Co. in New Haven.” C’mon? Seriously? I know the case has a racial element, but we do have something called the First Amendment. Even if Laskowki made a specific threat against a class of people, or said something stupid like “I would have done it too,” that’s not “breach of peace” is it? It is. Here’s the actual law:
Sec. 53a-181. Breach of the peace in the second degree: Class B misdemeanor. (a) A person is guilty of breach of the peace in the second degree when, with intent to cause inconvenience, annoyance or alarm, or recklessly creating a risk thereof, such person: (1) Engages in fighting or in violent, tumultuous or threatening behavior in a public place; or (2) assaults or strikes another; or (3) threatens to commit any crime against another person or such other person’s property; or (4) publicly exhibits, distributes, posts up or advertises any offensive, indecent or abusive matter concerning any person; or (5) in a public place, uses abusive or obscene language or makes an obscene gesture; or (6) creates a public and hazardous or physically offensive condition by any act which such person is not licensed or privileged to do. For purposes of this section, “public place” means any area that is used or held out for use by the public whether owned or operated by public or private interests.
Wow. So you can be arrested for annoying someone by making threats against their property? I’d like to hear under which part of this law Mr. Laskowski has been charged.
“Laskowski told The Associated Press on Friday that his comments were blown out of proportion. He says his arrest was ‘ridiculous’ and he didn’t make any threats. Laskowski posted bail and is due in New Haven Superior Court on Tuesday.”