USDC Cr. No. 84-3552
THOMAS v. REAGAN
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
WILLIAM THOMAS, et al
Plaintiff Pro Se
versus CA 84-3552
Judge Louis Oberdorfer
UNITED STATES, et al
DECLARATION OF ELLEN THOMAS
RE MARCH 22, 1987
I, Ellen Thomas, hereby declare under penalty of perjury that
the following is true and correct to the best of my knowledge:
1. On or about March 22, 1987, I was maintaining a
round-the-clock vigil in Lafayette Park across from the White
House, as I have done regularly since April, 1984.
2. At 7:30 a.m. I was seated at my signs, reading a book and
wrapped in blankets against the early morning chill.
3. U.S. Park Police officer Deriso approached me and handed
me two "camping" tickets, one for me, and one for William Thomas,
who was not in the park at the time.
4. Officer Deriso said "I'm sorry I have to give you this."
5. "Were you given orders?" I asked.
7. "Who ordered you?"
8. "We've all been told to strictly enforce the regulations.
It doesn't matter whether I agree with it or not. The only way to
get rid of a bad law is strict enforcement, so the court can decide
what to do with it."
9. "But we're already in court. Officer Ward had the same
10. Officer Deriso shrugged and went to deliver a ticket to
11. Also ticketed were Concepcion Picciotto, Scott Galindez,
and Stephen (Sunrise) Semple. Dr. James Evens, Betty Unger, and a
man known to me only as Michael had also spent the night in the
area, but did not receive tickets.
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