Jeffrey Warner frequently travels to spread the gospel on public sidewalks, carefully aligning himself to local city ordinances before he preaches. During the Easter weekend of 2018, Warner used his sound amplifier to speak in a conversational manner to people passing by in a business district, complying with San Antonio’s decibel level restrictions.
On Easter Sunday, Warner arrived at the same location downtown with his amplifier, and one of the officers immediately issued him a citation for violating the noise ordinance. Law enforcement did not approach or cite any of the various other amplifications used on nearby street corners, including a group of break dancers with a loud boombox.
Brad Dacus, president and founder of PJI, represented Warner in court, appearing at hearings and filing a trial brief that convinced the prosecutor to dismiss the case for lack of sufficient evidence. Dacus commented, “It was an honor for me to represent and vindicate the rights of a faithful witness for Jesus Christ. It is vital that we preserve the right in America and hold to a commitment to publicly proclaim the good news of the Gospel.”
PJI continues to see a significant increase in requests from street preachers who are deprived of their free speech rights. This year PJI secured the dismissal of charges for street preachers in Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Washington state.