Missouri S&T to celebrate Constitution Day

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On September 14, 2015

Constitution of the United States of America

Constitution of the United States of AmericaThe history and political science department at Missouri University of Science and Technology is sponsoring a Constitution Day celebration at noon Thursday, Sept. 17, in Room 120 Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall on the Missouri S&T campus.

Sept. 17 was designated as Constitution Day by the United States Congress to commemorate the signing of the Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

As part of the celebration, Missouri State Rep. Michael Butler will discuss unconstitutional policing.

Unconstitutional policing occurs when law enforcement officers violate the constitutional rights of a citizen during traffic stops, arrests or in any other interaction with civilians. The use of excessive force, theft of property or discriminatory stopping procedures are classified as unconstitutional policing.

“In Ferguson, Missouri, the Justice Department found the Ferguson police in violation of the Fourth Amendment by stopping drivers without reasonable suspicion, making arrests without probable cause, and the First and Fourth amendments by using excessive force and retaliation against those exercising their First amendment rights,” says Dr. Michael Meagher, associate professor of political science at Missouri S&T and the event’s organizer. “With the First and Fourth amendments being cited by the Justice Department and judges as constituting unconstitutional policing this matter goes to the heart of essential rights taken for granted by most Americans.”

Butler represents part of St. Louis City as a representative for District 79. He was elected to his first two-year term in November 2012. Butler earned a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

For more information about Missouri S&T’s Constitution Day activities, contact Meagher at mmeagher@mst.edu or call 573-341-4801.

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  • Kathy Morris says:

    How about ‘unconstitutional’ assassinations of police officers?
    According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, an estimated 1.16 million violent crimes occurred nationwide in 2013,
    Since the first recorded police death in 1791, there have been over 20,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty. Currently, there are 20,538 names engraved on the walls of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial.
    A total of 1,466 law enforcement officers died in the line of duty during the past 10 years, an average of one death every 60 hours or 146 per year. There were 117 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in 2014.
    On average, over the last decade, there have been 58,930 assaults against law enforcement each year, resulting in 15,404 injuries.
    Recent (within the last month) Law Enforcement Officers’ Deaths by gunfire:
    Kentucky State Police, KY EOW: Sunday, September 13, 2015 Cause of Death: Gunfire.
    Fox Lake Police Department, IL, EOW: Tuesday, September 1, 2015, Cause of Death: Gunfire
    Harris County Sheriff’s Office, TX, EOW: Friday, August 28, 2015, Cause of Death: Gunfire
    Sunset Police Department, LA, EOW: Wednesday, August 26, 2015, Cause of Death: Gunfire
    Louisiana State Police, LA, EOW: Monday, August 24, 2015 Cause of Death: Gunfire
    Carson City Sheriff’s Office, NV ,EOW: Saturday, August 15, 2015, Cause of Death: Gunfire