Mayor Jackson Vetoes Cleveland's 'Flash Mob' Law (Updated)

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Update:
Cleveland City Council voted 14-2 (the two: Zach Reed and Jeff Johnson) to not override Mayor Jackson's veto of the so-called "flash mob" ordinance. Vote still pending on whether to tell him that penis joke they heard the other day.

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Mayor Frank Jackson has vetoed the controversial "flash mob"/social media ordinance passed recently by Cleveland city council, according to the ACLU, which had vehemently opposed the legislation as unenforceable, illegal, and stupid.

To revisit what it was and is no longer:

The newly christened crime is termed “Improper Use of Social Media,” which sounds like what our parents do every time they log in to remind us we need to do our laundry or bring that nice girl over for dinner.

The legal fine print says that law enforcement can now add additional minor misdemeanor charges to anyone who’s been arrested for disorderly conduct, failure to disperse, or unlawful congregation if it’s determined they were organized through the interwebs.

The provision, introduced by Councilman Zack Reed, sailed through council last week.

“Mayor Jackson made a wise decision by vetoing this legislation,” said ACLU of Ohio Legal Director James L. Hardiman in a press release. “Public safety is of the utmost importance, but this law was so poorly conceived and vaguely worded that it would have done little to protect people, and would have criminalized those who were innocently exercising their First Amendment rights.”

No word on if Mayor Jackson informed council of his decision via Twitter.

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