April 26, 2011
A few weeks ago on AxXiom for Liberty Live Howard and I spoke with Joel and Robert Chandler about the toll operators in Florida detaining travelers contingent upon disclosure of their personal information for simply paying their toll fee in cash! You can Listen to that show here and follow the story at FogWatch.org. Joel and Robert told us that they filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on the matter.
Here is a recent article about this lawsuit by the Lakeland Ledger.
Driving on the Polk Parkway, Lakeland resident Joel Chandler began to notice toll collectors stopping him when he paid with $20 bills.
[. . .]After months of requesting public records and asking questions, Joel and Robert Chandler say they’ve uncovered a policy in place to help investigate instances of counterfeit currency but that violated constitutional rights.
“It is unconstitutional, and it is illegal to detain somebody against their will without lawful authority,” Joel Chandler said. “What they are doing is something that even police officers don’t have the authority to do.”
The valuable work done by these two gentlemen is entirely self funded and they have never asked for a penny in return. On behalf of the public’s right to know, this is one of many court battles that have been waged by Joel Chandler.
If you should feel so moved, Joel Chandler has been persuaded to put a donation tab on his website.