TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! KANSAS CITY TRANSIT ACTIVIST CLAY CHASTAIN REMOVED FROM CITY HALL 'WATCH LIST' AMID LAWSUIT THREAT!!!
We're checking in once again with Kansas City's favorite transit activist this Tuesday as Clay Chastain claims an important victory against what many in our blog community called "political intimidation" now reconsidered by authorities @ 12th & Oak.
Here's 1ST WORD ON TKC directly from the source . . .
Press release: Mayor James, head of security, and city attorney remove Chastain from "Watch list."
Thank you note to: Mayor Sly James, head of security at city hall, and the city attorney.
From: Clay Chastain
Thank you gentlemen for your kind, considerate and noble action in removing my name from your "Watch list." I know how hard it was for you to make that decision being (that) I came down there today and threatened you with a lawsuit if you did not remove my name immediately.
You elite up on the hill should know better than to abuse your power by trying to intimidate, demonize, and embarrass a lowly citizen by suggesting he is dangerous and scary just because he challenges your political leadership via the democratic petition process.
Though passionate, I am a peaceable Christian man. I have never physically harmed or threatened anyone with violence in my adult life. What's more, Mayor James knows I am a family man, like himself, who has two sweet daughters.
Nevertheless, when I went down to city hall last Thursday to submit the light rail petition to the city clerk (accompanied by one of my daughters and a friend) security, presumably under the mayor's order, assigned an armed security guard to shadow us about city hall.
Why Mayor James (and or others) would put me on a "Watch list," (without any justification for doing so) and effectively announce to the world I could be a threat to the safety of those working down at city hall..is beyond me.
Kansas City is a beautiful city, but in the control of not so beautiful acting people.
Clay Chastain, Kansas City Activist, engineer, and leader of the people's light rail initiative petition.