The present Amici Curiae, Mary Eng, Nydia Tisdale, and “Chaz” Stevens (hereinafter,
“Amici”),1 constitute advocates championing the First Amendment right to free speech. As diverse members of the public amidst ever-increasing scrutiny of law enforcement officers, Amici have witnessed retaliatory arrests meant simply to suppress citizens’ First Amendment freedom of speech.
Mr. Stevens, an outspoken critic and citizen investigator, actively participates in city commission meetings in Deerfield Beach, Florida. Mr. Stevens’ investigations resulted in three city officials being removed from office for ethical violations and a former mayor’s exposure of misconduct. As a result, the City subjected Mr. Stevens to retaliation through harassing investigations and blocking his email from its system, stifling Mr. Stevens’ speech.