Outrage in NJ: Mother arrested, guns taken, for speaking at public meeting

Homeowner Eileen Hart

Homeowner Eileen Hart: Is this the image of a domestic terrorist?

The Bill of Rights is comprised of the first 10 amendments to the Constitution, and the town of Newfield, N.J., appears hell-bent on repealing every single one of them.

Newfield homeowner Eileen Hart attended an informal meeting Saturday to discuss property “revaluations” in light of the findings by Appraisal System’s Inc., a firm hired by New Jersey to assess the fair market value of properties in each county.

According to the Examiner’s Harriet Baldwin:

There has been much derision caused by these “revaluations” by homeowners, because property values have fallen dramatically- and the real estate market has been hit very hard . There is nothing “fair” about the market or the home values that have been assessed, according to many New Jersey families.

Ms. Hart attended the meeting, armed with- as she said, “her Constitution and the facts.”

“I tried to express my opinion and tell them that my Constitutional rights had been violated. I began quoting the Constitution, line by line,” Hart said.

Ms. Hart tried to explain that Appraisal Systems, Inc. was attempting to inspect her property without her husband being present. As an Orthodox Jew, this is against the tenets of her religion. Her husband had to be present. According to Ms. Hart, she was unable to express this concern.

“She also wouldn’t let me speak and told me to sit down and shut up and listen as well. That’s when the young man came toward me,” Hart said. “I knew he was going to put his hands on me. I saw him out of the corner of my eye. I said to him, ‘Don’t you dare touch me.’ Then they threw us out of the auditorium. The young man from Appraisal Systems, Inc. was the one going postal, and I believe if he had a gun, he would have shot me, Keith and Khloe on the spot. I was calm the entire time.”

When Hart arrived home, she was greeted by five squad cars. She accompanied the police to the station, where she was eventually arrested. The complaint said: “The Defendant was yelling and screaming and making the threatening comment. ‘If the door is locked. I’ll be back with a gun.’”

Hart denied ever making such a statement, or ever raising her voice at the meeting. Nonetheless, the police confiscated the two firearms the family kept at home for private protection.

Rather than asking the meeting’s other participants, the police proceeded with the arrest.

BizPac Review spoke to fellow New Jersey resident Joseph M. Ryan, who said he was “outraged” by the circumstances.

Ryan said that Hart “has never made crazy statements or said anything that I know of that would be considered threatening. To think the mere act of going to a town hall meeting to show your displeasure about government policy can now get you arrested and have your legally owned guns confiscated by the government should be a concern to all Americans.”

“To add to this outrage she is the daughter of Holocaust survivors,” he said.  “The thought of this happening all over again must be devastating to her and her family.”

Read more at The Examiner.

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123 thoughts on “Outrage in NJ: Mother arrested, guns taken, for speaking at public meeting

  1. Phillip says:

    Look at her Twitter account. She's currently saying rude comments about Jim Carrey.

  2. When I heard about this I couldn't beleave it. Who does this kind of trashy hard headed and stupid behavior. The use of police in this matter is so profoundly out of control. This character, the one who couldn't wait to use what little power he has, he was in a hate mode. Probably always is. This should never of happened. Their are lots of people behind you. Most of my friend's all have rifles, Hand gun's, all legal. We will stand by you. I feal so horrible that you and your family had to endure such disgusting behavior. God. Bless you.

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  4. Chris says:

    If this was a public meeting it is usually subject to recordation. Were these alleged threats memorialized?

    The Appraisals which were done in NJ were introduced to the public by newspaper months in advance of their happening. They were then followed up by a letter from the Appraisal co. which allowed homeowners to schedule an appointment, if they would not be available at the time the appraisal company rep would be coming through their neighborhood (for those who wanted their home inspected versus estimated). In that way, the argument of religious infraction of a married woman having a man in the house while her spouse was not home could have easily been avoided by scheduling an appointment for the appraisal while he spouse was at home.

    But, as I understand it, the argument was, from the onset, one of multiple constitutional infractions (outside of the religion stance, since that was already neutralized above), that the appraisals were inherently illegal. I then ask why wasn't a lawyer employed to dispute the matter either by this woman, or by some larger civil right consortium/ group when NJ announced this plan?

    Reading the US Constitution at an open forum where public comments (if allowed) are usually capped at 3 mins per person, won't stop wheels from turning and just serves to piss off the machine. This is when going with a group, where each reads a section, needs to be pre-planned (tactic used at many a school board meeting back in my day), and where each can serve as witness to who said what outside of the recording area is imperative. At the very least, carrying of a personal recording device is critical.

    Who cares…its your right to speak out, isn't it? Sadly, it takes a suit these days to get anyone to listen, let alone care. Not saying that it is right that folks are abridged/forced to conform/surrender rights mind you, it just "is" when dealing with governmental agencies (and guess who gave them all that power to ignore us…liberals.)

    America…no longer the land of the free, but certainly for those aggrieved, still the home of the brave (and the NJ mom/wife in this matter will need to be, to fight these allegations.)

    It is my hope that the alleged words were never spoken and can be debunked by other witnesses who are strong enough to speak up. To be wrongfully accused without proofs to defend is no mistake, but a strategy or a trap depending on preparedness.

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