Targowski & Grow, PLLC, has joined with ACLU to represent two victims of police harassment during the “Occupy the PGA” protests. The two were issued citations for allegedly violating a noise ordinance. Occupy the PGA marched through Benton Harbor to protest the 73rd Senior PGA, expressing strong grievances relating to the development, including that Harbor Shores illegally acquired 22 acres of the city-owned Jean Klock Park. The group was led by Rev. Edward Pinkney of Benton Harbor, who called for boycotts of KitchenAid (the Senior PGA's presenting sponsor) and Whirlpool, which is part of a three-company group that oversees Harbor Shores. While Rev. Pinkney was himself not arrested, he and others were harassed, and at least two protesters were issued citations for noise violations. Participants gathered at City Hall, and after Pinkney and others spoke, they marched through downtown, past a Whirlpool office, along Riverview Drive, and then behind the golf course to Jean Klock Park. The confrontation with police apparently occurred at the park, and when their cases are heard in court on June 21, Targowski & Grow will be there to defend the rights of the protesters charged with the violations. Simply stated, political speech is the most highly guarded form of speech, and is critical to a free society.
Following the release of the Supreme Court's opinion in King and Kolanek, WOOD-TV contacted John for some expert insights as to the importance of the opinion.