USDC Cr. No. 84-3552
THOMAS v. REAGAN
DECLARATION OF PHILIP JOSEPH
I, Philip Joseph, hereby depose and state that:
1. I was named Philip Joseph Guerrieri II at birth, but had
no choice in that matter.
2. It is my religious belief, based upon my interpretation of
the Bible (see Genesis; 3rd Chapter), that the ability to
distinguish between Good and Evil is what determines whether a man
is Godlike or demonic. My religious faith also places certain
moral burdens upon me as an individual. Those moral burdens are
summed up as: "Love the Creator before all else, and my neighbor
as myself." I strive for perfection in that regard.
3. After many years of soul searching and observation of my
environment I concluded that the lifestyles of my father and
family did not agree with my moral precepts. Therefore I chose to
exercise my Free Will (ibid), and chose to symbolically sever
myself from the ways of my worldly father by abandoning his name,
and taking a name which had significance for me. Whereupon I
became simply Philip Joseph.
4. On Tuesday, December 9, 1986, at approximately 4:55 pm,
Lt. Irwin of the U.S. Park Police arrived at Lafayette Park in a
U.S. Park Police vehicle. He parked on the north side of
Pennsylvania Avenue, near the center of Lafayette Park, and in the
immediate vicinity of several round-the-clock vigils being held in
that area. It was raining.
5. Lt. Irwin exited the car and proceeded towards the vigil
signs maintained by Robin White and Andi Hammerman. Lt. Irwin
pulled a piece of plastic off Robin White, exposing him to the
rain. Lt. Irwin stated that Mr. White was not allowed to have the
plastic because he was creating a structure with the plastic.
6. Next Lt. Irwin proceeded to the signs maintained by
Stephen Semple. Lt. Irwin took a piece of plastic off Mr. Semple,
repeating his position about structures.
7. Lt. Irwin then proceeded towards me at my demonstration
site. My demonstration consisted of assorted foods and drinks with
a sign which read "FREE STORE." Lt. Irwin told me to take the
food away and that I was not allowed to have the food or drinks in
8. I replied that I would not remove it because it was my
demonstration against tax dollars spent on military hardware rather
than people, which results in homelessness and hunger in the world.
9. Lt. Irwin then proceeded to check the signs maintained by
Jim Evans and Charles Hyder, those maintained by William and Ellen
Thomas, and those maintained by Concepcion Picciotto.
10. During that time I made a sign, approximately ten inches
by one foot, with a Magic Marker on a piece of styrofoam.
11. Lt. Irwin returned to his vehicle. During this time Lt.
Irwin was assisted by USPP officer Woods. Another officer, unknown
to me, arrived with a camera and proceeded to photograph the area
around the signs.
12. I was displaying my hand-held sign on the south sidewalk
of Lafayette Park facing Pennsylvania Avenue.
13. Lt. Irwin again exited his parked vehicle and took the
sign out of my hands. He broke the sign into pieces.
14. I stated that his actions in destroying the sign were
15. "So what. I did it," Lt. Irwin replied. He then
returned to his vehicle with the remnants of my sign.
I declare, under penalty of perjury, that the foregoing is
true and correct to the best of my knowledge and recollection.
Executed this____day of ___________, 1986,
Case Listing --- Proposition One ---- Peace Park