A Texas girl is talking out after native police eliminated a yard signal she made in protest of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court docket after a number of sexual assault allegations have been introduced towards him.
Marion Stanford informed The Washington Post in an interview launched on Saturday she was pressured by police to have an indication she made depicting an elephant, the Republican mascot, with its trunk up a lady’s skirt faraway from her yard final week, in any other case she would face arrest.
“It’s pornography, and you may’t show it,” Stanford recalled a police officer telling her on Tuesday. Stanford mentioned she was informed to both take away the signal, permit police to confiscate it or refuse and get arrested.
Metropolis officers denied to the Submit that the officer threatened arrest.
Stanford mentioned she made the signal final week after watching drama within the Senate surrounding Kavanaugh’s testimony and that of Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault whereas they have been in highschool.
Subsequent to the crimson, white and blue elephant and the blond lady who Stanford depicted as being assaulted, she additionally wrote “YOUR VOTE MATTERS” in pink. She informed The Submit “the message is if you happen to acknowledge this, if you happen to perceive this ache, if you’re a part of this motion, your vote issues,” referring to the popularized #MeToo motion.
Stanford she had obtained a number of complaints from neighbors over the signal earlier than police confirmed up.
Pete Kampfer, Hamilton’s metropolis supervisor, even informed the Dallas Morning Information he felt the drawing depicted youngster abuse, saying: “It’s a political signal, and a citizen right here positioned a yard signal that featured a political animal taking an inappropriate place with a younger youngster.”
However Stanford mentioned she “knew what the symbolism was” and what her “motivations have been.”
“I stand with these girls. I stand with the ladies who need change, who’ve a voice and are making their voice heard,” Stanford mentioned. “And the entire neighborhood isn’t going to cease me.”