ELEVEN CHRISTIANS ARRESTED AT “OUTFEST” FORCED
TO SEEK EMERGENCY RELIEF IN FEDERAL COURT
PHILADELPHIA - Today, the American Family Association Center for Law & Policy (CLP) announced that a press conference will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2004, detailing new developments in a case that has come to be known as the Philadelphia 11. The Philadelphia 11 is a group of citizens who were arrested at “Outfest” in October and charged with three (3) felonies and five (5) misdemeanors. Among the felony charges were Criminal Conspiracy, Ethnic Intimidation and Riot.
The Philadelphia 11 were arrested when Chief James Tiano, liaison between the police department and the homosexual community, ordered the group to relocate to the outskirts of the Outfest event. A few moments prior to their arrest, the group of citizens were told by another Philadelphia police officer that because they were on a public sidewalk they were permitted to move freely through the event. The Philadelphia 11 face a maximum penalty of forty-seven (47) years each in jail for exercising their constitutional rights.
Members of the press are invited and encouraged to attend the press conference highlighting a new development in the case. Also, a previously unreleased video recording of the arrests, and the events leading up to the arrests, will be viewed by the public.
Who: The American Family Association Center for Law & Policy
Where: Independence Visitor Center
6th & Market Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
When: Thursday, December 2, 2004 at 9:00 a.m.
The Center for Law & Policy is a division of the American Family Association, Inc. The CLP restricts its practice to constitutional litigation in state and federal courts.
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