What is the difference between these two?
I posted on another forum about the original issue, but I'm wondering if the differences between these two, as it seems to me that from reading all the ACLU information, our guarantee to freedom of speech is what is at stake.
Electric company guy comes to re-connect our service. We are on our yard, but he enters our yard to connect the service, so we move to our front lawn/sidewalk about 5 feet away from him. The guy shows up with a "security" officer from our development complex. We are angry at the injustice that the electric company has done for over 3 years, well documented in the press and we also have proof. The security guard tells us it's not the guy's fault that we are having these issues. We tell him things such as, "it's nobody's fault, this is ridiculous...for over 3 years they have been stealing from us, they go after people in our development because they think we have money, while in the news it's out all the time they are thieves and actually the own employees of the electric company steal the electricity, etc"...we are NOT talking to the guy, but to the police officer...yet the guy keeps trying to interrupt our conversation and making up excuses for everything that we have been through, although he does not know what we have been through, etc...We only answer his questions with such things as "don't tell me to file a grievance because we have filed numerous and they have done nothing, etc..."
We are again about 5 feet away from the guy, on our front lawn/my husband walking on our sidewalk from side to side (about 20 feet), but not in the guy's face or anything like that.
The guy has filed "disturbing the peace" charges against us for this.
I thought disturbing the peace was blocking someone from entering a building, etc...or asking him to get down and fight...or getting in is face to provoke him, etc...but we did none of this.
I have read that the government cannot make laws to stop you from expressing your opinion, whether positive or negative of anyone...
Can someone please tell me the laws on this, the difference or a specific case/source where I can find information to help us with this issue?
Thanks in advance.