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Do you think Public Sage Smudging is an expression of free speech, religious belief or an issue of public safety? Maybe both! Comment below and let us know what you think. Source: Sage Smudge Lady v. Donald Trump: Case Dropped, Lawsuit Planned | Westword
Sage Smudge Lady v. Donald Trump: Case Dropped, Lawsuit Planned
The self-described Sage Smudge Lady is also planning to file a lawsuit over the incident, which she sees as going “beyond me as an individual and a violation of my rights. This really was an attack on our community and on indigenous spirituality.”
As reported, Valadez Fraire had been smudging for a considerable stretch of time without incident when a scuffle broke out between protesters and supporters outside the Colorado Convention Center, where Trump was appearing as part of the Western Conservative Summit. Amid the confusion, police suddenly focused on Valadez Fraire. The sage smudge was taken from her and extinguished in the street, and she was handcuffed and led away amid passionate complaints from the crowd, as seen in a video also shared here. The cuffs were subsequently removed, but she was cited for disobeying a lawful order; she’d been told to put out the sage, then tried to explain that doing so in a respectful way was more complicated than that.
In advance of an August 1 hearing in the matter, Valadez Fraire received conflicting information; a motion to dismiss item and a reminder to show up to court as scheduled arrived in the mail on the same day. So on Monday, after consulting with her attorney, she headed to the Denver courthouse along with a large group of supporters — so many that they filled the hearing room, she notes.
But before the proceedings could get under way, Valadez Fraire was called into the hallway by a representative of the city attorney’s office. “She said, ‘I’m not even sure why you’re here, because this got dismissed by the judge already,'” Valadez Fraire recalls. “She told me, ‘You’re free to go.'”
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