We just got bad news. A few hours ago, a judge denied bail once again for Cameron D’Ambrosio, meaning that he will remain locked up in prison, away from his family and held without bail, while he awaits trial on absurdly trumped up “terrorism” charges for posting rap lyrics on the internet.
Still, there’s been an overwhelming response to Cam’s story and over 70,000 people have signed our petition demanding Cam’s release. The numbers are giving Cam and his family hope. Without you, we wouldn’t have a fighting chance to get some justice for Cam. That’s why we need the outpouring to continue. We need your help getting 100,000 signatures over the weekend or we could lose the momentum we have.
We need to keep going big. Methuen police and the judge need to hear that they don’t get to trample the First Amendment and ruin a young man’s life in the process. If they don’t hear from us right now, Cam stays in jail.
The best thing you can do right now to help Cam is to share this petition with your friends and family. Use the buttons below to help spread the word:
Cam’s appeal for bail was denied even though the prosecution has shown no evidence that he was planning any violence. A search of Cam’s home found no weapons, no “manifesto,” nothing to suggest that the Facebook post in question was anything but a poorly timed rap metaphor. Since they had no real evidence, the prosecution resorted to dragging up incidents from Cam’s past, including the fact that he allegedly bit another student during a fight when he was 12 years old, and the fact that he was arrested after a fight he had with his sister several years ago.
I went to court yesterday with several other members of the civil liberties community, and I sat right next to Cameron’s sister. She was there to support him and she’s outraged that what she characterizes as a regular fight “between a brother and a sister” is being used to hold her little brother indefinitely for nothing more than exercising his first amendment rights to free speech.
It’s alarming that two seperate judges have now ordered Cam to be held without bail, despite the fact that free speech and civil liberties activists from all over the world have spoken out on his behalf. Local authorities seem a bit too willing to sensationalize this case at a family’s expense. The DailyDot recently traced the intentional misrepresentation of Cam’s lyrics in the media all the way back to Methuen’s chief of police, who has also famously instructed parents to spy on their kids, search their rooms, and read their diaries.
Coupled with the Police’s press release containing multiple uses of three exclamation marks, and the fact that Methuen police harassed peaceful protesters outside Cameron’s bail hearing (video), we are very worried about the free speech implications of this case. It’s time to make it 100% clear that assaults on free speech will not be tolerated. Share the petition right now to help us get 100,000 signatures in support of freedom for Cameron.
Thanks for being part of the movement for free speech, basic sanity, and civil liberties. We’re glad to have you on the team.
-Evan at the Center for Rights and Fight for the Future