OWOSSO, Mich. (AP) — A 63-year-old anti-abortion activist who was shot and killed outside a Michigan high school had been arrested in the past for protesting.
James Pouillon (PULL-yun) was arrested in 1994 after protesting on the steps of Owosso’s city hall instead of his usual spot on the sidewalk. He sued, claiming violations of his constitutional free speech, religion and assembly rights.
A 2000 federal appeals court ruling said Pouillon often was the target of verbal abuse along with “assorted missiles” while standing in front of City Hall. The court said he once was almost run down by a motorist who swerved onto the sidewalk and drove at him.
A car dealership also sued Pouillon in the 1990s for picketing and shouting slogans at customers.
This story which is running a numerous news sites really angers me. This is unbelievable their focus on the victim being arrested in the past for defending the innocents. Yes the victims previous arrest record forced the murderer to shoot him multiple times. Guns don’t kill people, people being arrested for pro-life activities does.
Even worse this was the headline they ran with which they did not even check for accuracy. “Abortion activist was arrested for protest” Abortion activist?