(ILLINOIS) Naperville Smart Meter Awareness (NSMA): Two Naperville mothers were arrested today in conjunction with the forced installation of smart meters. NSMA President Kim Bendis and Board Member Jen Stahl were arrested today during a forced installation at Jen’s home.
Details are still pending but Kim was witnessing the event from Jen’s property and was video taping. Three officers shoved her against a tree, pried her camera from her hands, and cuffed her. Both Jen and Kim were taken into police custody sometime in the 2:00 hour CST.
Kim is a mother of 3 school aged children. Jen has 2 school aged children and a toddler at home. All children are safe and are being taken care of by family or friends.
This is an extraordinary tragedy as there is still a pending federal lawsuit and the issue of smart meters has not been decided in Naperville. This demonstrates the lengths to which the city officials have been willing to go to force residents into compliance.
Sources close to the group say that during a closed door council session there was discussion of the strategy the city would use this week to obtain 100% compliance on installations. Residents have been told the city is willing to use whatever means necessary.
Lisa Rooney of NSMA says:
“Two of my cherished girlfriends were arrested today for something that we all believe in so passionately. I respect them intensely for going this distance to protect our rights.
I am also saddened and feel this sense of protection for both of them. The events of today can not be undone and they will settle in with each of them for a long time.
It has been an emotional day.
Here is the latest as of 6pm CST:
Jen has been released and will be charged with 2 misdemeanors for ordinance violations.
Kim has also been released. She is likely to be charged with attempting to video tape a police officer (?) and resisting arrest. Kim was released on a $200 bond. The resisting arrest charge is sketchy and as we find out more, I’ll let you know.”
Naperville Police Threaten to Shoot Dog Unless Given Permission to Install:
Note that Illinois’ unconstitutional eavesdropping law is being challenged by the ACLU.
Videos of installs are on NSMA’s youtube channel.
The city stated: “The city has always had and maintains the right to access our equipment and today we were simply exercising that right.”
Would a jury agree?…Private property is private property. “Access to equipment” does not include forcing of a new carcinogenic device against the will of the property owner.
The City of Naperville just crossed that line. Hopefully it will come back to bite them.
Call Governor Quinn – Phone: 312-814-2121 and tell him that the world is watching.
Call President Obama and ask him whether forcing hazardous radiation-emitting meters on sick children’s homes is an appropriate use of stimulus funds (in his home state). 1-202-456-1111
Call Naperville Congressman Bill Foster 202-225-3515
You might also wish to visit the City of Naperville’s Facebook Page and let them know that they are breaking the law and that it will not be tolerated.
Email the Naperville City council: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
Naperville City Manager, call (630) 420-6044 e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
His personal FB page