HUGE WIN!! Batesville, MS REVERSES controversial ordinance banning Video Recording in City Buildings!

Batesville, MS Mayor Hal Ferrell reveals City Ordinance barring Video Recording in the lobbies of City Buildings after a big push by a Constitutional Rights Activist and his supporters

Change came to Batesville, MS on Wednesday 10/19/22, thanks to a push by a 1st amendment auditor/constitutional rights activist and all of his supporters!

This was the Board of Aldermen meeting July 19, 2022 where the Ordinance to ban video recording in City buildings was tabled and passed. Reardon reviews the matter at hand

It was more than just a constitutional challenge and open refusal to comply with controversial ordinance passed by the Board of Alderman on July 19, 2022. The Ordinance in reference barred the use of photography or video recording inside of any City Building. However, on October 13, 2022 all of that would come under direct challenge by a Journalist/1st Amendment Auditor/ Constitutional Rights Activist.

Matt Reardon walks into Batesville, MS City Hall to video record the inside of City Hall on October 13, 2022. This sparked a major reaction to come

The very next day, October 14, 2022 Reardon put in a call to the Batesville Mayor, Hal Ferrell. Later that day, he got a return call from the Mayor. In that call, matters deteriorate as both Reardon the Mayor take two completely opposite stances on the matter at hand. Reardon states that he is fully intent on constitutionally challenging the Ordinance and will return to request public records, recording video as he is doing it. Mayor Ferrell then welcomes the challenge, stating he will even personally address the matter when Reardon comes in video recording. Then both state their willingness to fight the matter in court.

Here is the call on 10/14/2022 between Reardon and Mayor Hal Ferrell

On 10/17/2022, Reardon calls Mayor Ferrell back to let him know he was coming to constitutionally challenge the city Ordinance and request Public Records on Wednesday 10/19/2022 to ensure the Mayor was going to be there.

The confirmation call on 10/17/2022 from Reardon to Mayor Hal Ferrell

On Wednesday, 10/19/2022 just after 2pm, Matt Reardon delivers on his promises and arrives at City Hall walking in with not just one camera recording video, but three separate cameras. Mayor Hal Ferrell comes out of his office and immediately greets Reardon, shaking his hand, and stating that he and the board of Aldermen convened the night before. During this meeting they discussed all the grievances stated and took into account all the calls and emails received on the matter from a plethora of concerned citizens. Ferrell says they held a special vote and voted to repeal the Ordinance.

Since that time, Reardon says that he and the Batesville Mayor have spoken several times and that a mutual respect and friendship have been established. Mayor Ferrell has shown an insistence on transparency being given to the Citizens of Batesville and any interested citizen into the function of matters in Batesville, MS.

This story couldn’t have come with a better, more perfect ending! Hats are off to the Batesville Mayor and all concerned citizens whom helped bring about a positive change!

July 19, 2022 Batesville, MS Board of Aldermen Meeting where NO-VIDEO Ordinance passed

Here is the Board of Aldermen Meeting we all have been waiting to see! It is set to automatically play from the point it is introduced by the City Attorney, Colomon Mitchell

Here is the Board of Aldermen Meeting we all have been waiting to see! It is set to automatically play from the point it is introduced by the City Attorney, Colomon Mitchell, and I have to seriously question the leadership in this city for the City Attorney to actually entertain and introduce such a controversial, constitutionally unsound ordinance that could easily throw the City into turmoil in defending its decisions. The issue is tabled for discussion at 37min:40sec into the meeting and the unanimous vote happens 43min:50sec into the meeting. Leave your comments after watching.

Here is my Audit of City Hall 10/13/2022

Followed by a call from the Mayor the very next day

YouTube Subscriber sends POWERFUL email to Batesville Mayor condemning Unconstitutional Ordinance

I received word from one of my YouTube Subscribers informing me that he had sent a detailed email to the Batesville, MS Mayor Hal Ferrell as well as the VFW Posts in the Panola County area condemning one of the city’s newest ordinances that has been hailed as unconstitutional.

I received word from one of my YouTube Subscribers informing me that he had sent a detailed email to the Batesville, MS Mayor Hal Ferrell as well as the VFW Posts in the Panola County area condemning one of the city’s newest ordinances that has been hailed as unconstitutional.

All I can say after reading it, is WOW! Job well done, David. Job incredibly done! David is a proud and patriotic US Army Veteran, and I thank him for his time and dedication to ensuring our safety and our freedom. Here is what David had to say:

Hello, Mr Mayor, Board of Aldermen Members, and Treasured Members Of Sardis Memorial VFW Post 12121 and VFW Post 4968

I hope everyone is having a good day today! I really appreciate all of the long hours of hard work and dedication it takes to run a City Government, as a former Government official myself! Because I am interested in local government, I frequent the internet to learn what different local government bodies do similarly and differently. Upon my research into the City of Batesville ,I discovered something rather perplexing and quite disturbing!

Where do I begin? A City of Batesville Ordinance passed by the Board in July of 2022 making it “unlawful” and a “misdemeanor” to record in the publicly accessible areas of the local city government, is in direct opposition to the Constitutional Rights of all Citizens of the United States Of America, Mississippi, Panola County and City of Batesville! As a U.S Army Veteran, I am sickened by this, knowing first hand the level of Selfless Sacrifice made by hundreds of thousands men and women, so we can enjoy the Freedoms we have in Our Country! In North Korea, All foreign tourists are assigned two North Korean minders who decide where tourists eat and what they see and do. In this video, we see Public Servants acting as if The City Of Batesville were a town in North Korea! Moreover,The City Of Batesville now has an Ordnance similar to what one may see in the DPRK! This Ordnance is an attempt to shield the Government from the scrutiny of its citizens! It is not based in any Constitutional Law or case law.

Taking photographs and the Recording of things that are plainly visible from public spaces is a constitutional right and that includes inside federal buildings, transportation facilities, and recording police and other government officials carrying out their duties. If the behavior of a Citizen Journalist interferes with the operation of government or the ability of other members of the public to use a public facility, a Citizen Journalist may be removed from public property they would otherwise be entitled to be in.

Note that such a disruption would have to consist of more than the mere act of recording. In order to be lawfully removed the Journalist’s actions must make it impossible for city business to continue in an orderly fashion. Profane or abusive language doesn’t create a sufficient disruption by itself, either—only if such language qualifies as a physical threat or “fighting words” (words that inflict injury themselves or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace) or if the act (not just the content) of speaking itself disrupts city business, is there cause for members of the public to be removed.

The First Amendment Of the U.S Constitution states; Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

In the United States, there is and can be no legal requirement or accreditation of any kind required to assume the titles “member of the press”, “journalist”, “reporter”, etc. Simply put, any Citizen of the United States can pick up a camera and be a journalist to distribute information about matters to the public interest.The Citizen Journalist in the video was conducting a Constitutionally protected activity from publicly accessible spaces. If the general public are permitted to be there, so can the Press.

When one is in public, the law holds that a person cannot expect to have a high degree of privacy. Thus, surveillance cameras, audio recording devices, and other forms of in-person or remote observation and recording are legal.Feelings are not to interfere with our Constitutional Protected Rights! Further, The freedom of the press, protected by the First Amendment, is critical to a democracy in which the government is accountable to the people. A free media functions as a watchdog that can investigate and report on government wrongdoing. It is also a vibrant marketplace of ideas, a vehicle for ordinary citizens to express themselves and gain exposure to a wide range of information and opinions.

Sure, It’s easy to empathise with the emotions and feelings of these hard working ladies in the video! Remember, history is fraught with unscrupulous laws based on feelings…. Jim Crow Laws were just some of them not too long ago!

I urge all American Citizens, especially my fellow Veterans, to oppose this unlawful Ordnance with the same tenacity the Bravest of Us ALL had when They gave all to preserve our Rights as Americans! It may seem trivial to some but I’ll leave you with some words of warning spoken by the Founding Fathers Of Our Great Country to help aid you in your pondering on this important issue;

“The people are the ultimate guardians of their own liberties.In every government on earth is some trace of human weakness, some germ of corruption and degeneracy. Every government degenerates when trusted to the rulers of the people alone.”
Thomas Jefferson

“I believe there are more instances of the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power than by violent and sudden usurpations.”
James Madison

This is a Link to the Video inspiring this email. Please remember it will be seen around the world and across our Nation!

Please Respond, but more importantly take action!

David N U.S Army Veteran

This is the 1st Amendment audit David referenced in his email
The call with Mayor Ferrell the day after the 1st Amendment Audit where I try to convince him that it is unconstitutional and announce intention to constitutionally challenge
Finally here is the call today to Mayor Ferrell. His office has received many calls and emails. His tone sounds a bit different. Could he possibly be walking back his ordinance? I will find out when I walk in on Wednesday

Mississippi Bureau of Investigations Captain pulls out his phone to record Journalist

An Independent Journalist and Constitutional Rights Activist is at the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations office in Batesville, MS trying to get some answers from Lieutenant Joey Mauney or Brian Sullivan. He claims the MBI improperly hyped up information that’s constitutionally protected, while suppressing other evidence that he claims is exculpatory. Highway Patrol Captain Cooper identifies himself as the individual in charge and pulls out his phone to record Journalist.

An Independent Journalist and Constitutional Rights Activist commuted to the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations office in Batesville, MS on Thursday, 10/6/2022 trying to get some answers from Lieutenant Joey Mauney or Brian Sullivan.

Matthew Reardon claims the twitter posts referenced in an Affidavit by Lieutenant Mauney were improperly hyped-up, and that the Tweets include opinionated and factual political statements that are fully protected as free speech under the First Amendment. Reardon claims Mauney intentionally ignored and suppressed other evidence that he claims is exculpatory and would show vengeful prosecution aimed at him, and a clearly biased stance by the Agency. All combined equate to an Oppressive and Tyrannical Attack on Freedom of Speech and that which is ensured and protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution!

As he enters to attempt to find the answer to some questions from Mauney, Highway Patrol Captain Gerald Cooper identifies himself as the individual in charge and pulls out his phone to record Journalist.

In response to this, Journalist/Constitutional Rights Activist Matthew Reardon files an open records request for Disciplinary Records AND the content off the Officers phone shown recording.

Here is the reason these items are requested. It’s funny how Lieutenant Mauney never listed anything about what transpired last year making their investigation in June 2022, completely biased and unfair
Back in May of 2021, Reardon accused the Agency of being complicit in their refusal to investigate matters of Public Corruption.
Here is Mauney’s Affidavit seeking arrest of Reardon

I Lieutenant Joey Mauney was assigned to the assist with the investigation. I arrived at the Oxford Police Department at approximately 0900 hours and met with Investigator Shane Fortner in reference to their investigation thus far. Investigator Fortner briefed me on the information that the Investigators had about the case. The suspect Matthew Oliver REARDON was under a protection order issued by the Chancery Court.

I, Lieutenant Joey Mauney, reviewed the case report by Lieutenant Shane Fortner then proceeded to go to Facebook and went to Matthew Reardon’s public page I observed a link to a YouTube video I clicked on the link and was directed to the video on YouTube and began to watch the content. The incident involves a video is 23 minutes and 35 seconds in length. In the video, you can see Matthew Reardon walk up to the doors of City Hall and enter the building at approximately 3:53 on the video. He goes to a display board that shows where the different departments are within City Hall. He then proceeds to walk around the first-floor videotaping before returning to the display board at approximately 5 :45 on the video. Reardon then walks up the stairs to the second floor and proceeds to Mayor Tannehill’s office doors. He stands at the doors for a brief time then walks away but soon returns. At approximately 7:49 on the video, he attempts to enter the door by using the doorknob but was unsuccessful. He again walks away until he is met by someone on the second floor. He tells the female that he remembered the mayor’s office is on the first floor from when Mayor Patterson was in office.

The suspect Matthew REARDON has continually violated parts of his restraining order issued to Mayor Robyn Tannehill. The suspect Matthew Oliver REARDON has done this in person as well as social media outlets like Twitter and YouTube. The suspect made tweets towards the Mayor on several different occasions to include May 23, 2021, August 3, 2021, August, 2021, August 12, 2021, August 17, 2021, August 23, 2021, and September 1, 2021 just to name a few incidents.

Based on the about facts and circumstances and the heinous nature of this crime, this affidavit requests an Arrest Warrant be issued for Matthew Oliver REARDON for Stalking; Aggravated Stalking.

Lt Joey Mauney
Here are the tweets from 2021 Mauney referenced
Not only was there no tweet as referenced by Mauney on May 23, 2021, but clearly Mauney overlooked the accusations Reardon levied against the MBI earlier in May of 2021 for their refusal to investigate alleged crimes of public corruption.
FINALLY, this is the video Mauney referenced of the First Amendment Audit of Oxford City Hall. Do you see any type of contact with the Mayor? Mauney falsifies the evidence in attesting that Reardon tries to twist the door knob to the mayors office 7 min 49 sec into the video however Reardon NEVER once touched the door knob to the mayors office and was simply scanning a QR code with his other phone!

This is a developing story. Check back

Full Blown Constitutional Crisis Comes to a Head in Lafayette County, MS

Vigilante Investigative Reporter details out alleged large scale conspiracy by the State of Mississippi and Lafayette County Officials to intimidate, manipulate, obstruct, and defeat the due course of Justice in multiple courts. He says it amounts to a full scale attack on the Constitution and if left unchecked, poses one of the largest threats to society as a whole!

On Tuesday June 28, 2022, just prior to a scheduled Chancery Court Hearing commencing, Matt Reardon was taken into Custody by Lafayette County Sheriffs Department due to an arrest warrant that stemmed from the Mississippi Bureau of Investigations on June 27th.

Reardon was charged with Aggravated Stalking after he walked in to Oxford, MS City Hall with a camera phone to record the publicly accessible spaces and then request public records. Something Reardon says is called a First Amendment Audit and is completely protected as being constitutional under the First Amendment including a plethora of Federal case law backing that up. The sole issue that State and Local Officials relied upon in their filing of this Felony Charge against Reardon was a restraining order that was taken out in 2017 by the then Mayor-Elect, Robyn Tannehill, whom they alleged was inside of City Hall at the time Reardon entered, although no contact was made nor did Reardon even attempt to make any type of contact with.

After the initial $10,000 appearance bond set by Circuit Court Judge Kent Smith was revoked at the request of the District Attorneys Office, Reardon sat confined and fully deprived of his freedom and liberty for 3-months time. Over the course of that time, Reardon was hit with several orders and timely deadlines requiring his response to ongoing litigation in not just one, not even two, but three separate courts, both State and Federal. Unfortunately the conditions of his incarceration would ultimately deprive and prevent him from providing his response within the timeframe required by each Court. Of these included a Motion for Dismissal coincidentally filed the DAY AFTER Reardon was arrested (June 29, 2022) where the State of Mississippi sought the dismissal of an ongoing Federal Lawsuit that Reardon had filed back in April alleging a plethora of Civil Rights Violations stemming from an alleged Conspiracy involving State and County Officials, along with Employees of Communicare. Reardon had until September 15, 2022 to respond to the pending motion, however he was unable to respond to the States Motion for Dismissal due to the conditions of his incarceration and a lack of resources or ability to do so.

What strikes even more of a “coincidence” is that Reardon was currently Appealing the denial of his Post Conviction Relief Petition which raised multiple alleged fatal flaws and Constitutional Rights Violations in an attempt to directly challenge his Plea in 2017. This appeal had been filed and assigned to the Mississippi Court of Appeals, and the court was awaiting Reardon’s submission of a corrected motion for rehearing after Reardon asked the Court to recall his timely filed motion in order to fix certain discrepancies and printing errors. On June 27, 2022, just days after Reardon made this request, orders reportedly came down the Chain of Command for The Mississippi Bureau of Investigations to Charge Matthew Reardon with one count of Aggravated Stalking, a Felony Charge. Due to the confinement that would follow with his bond now revoked, Reardon was unable to submit the necessary Motion for Rehearing into the Court of Appeals in order to keep his Appeal alive and potentially going before The Mississippi Supreme Court via a Writ or Certiorari. A successful reversal or relief granted on the appeal would potentially be a major issue for the District Attorney’s Office in that this new charge REQUIRES a previous similar conviction within the past 7 years in order for them to bring such a serious charge. A potential make or break moment for the District Attorney’s Office. A June 28th arrest, however, would stop Reardon from his opportunity to prevail on appeal and would effectively seal the deal for the County and the State in more ways than just one

On August 24 with Reardon nearing 2 months incarceration, he received a third and final order. This order would come from Lafayette County Chancery Court Judge Robert Whitwell regarding lengthy litigation involving Reardon’s first born child that has seemingly dragged out in and out of the court house for years. This order would essentially close out Reardon’s claims presented to the court in an order of dismissal with prejudice after he was unable to argue it’s facts and merits on June 28, 2022 when he was taken into custody prior to walking into the courtroom in Chancery Court. Prior to walking into the courtroom Reardon was advised that the Judge had ordered all entering be searched for any cell phones or recording devices, however, this move was unprecedented as it had never before been ordered and required. Furthermore, Reardon claims that such an order was aimed solely at him, that it authorized an unlawful search and seizure in violation of his Fourth Amendment Rights, and was unenforceable as the Court never first sought permission of such a requirement by the Supreme Court in advance as would be required. In the order Reardon received August 24th, Whitwell claimed among other things that not only was Reardon’s visitation rights with his daughter severed, but his joint legal custody of his daughter was severed by the court. Reardon would ultimately be on the time-clock to dispute the ruling with 30-days to do so. Unfortunately as with the other required responses, Reardon found himself without the ability to do so due to his confinement. See the order for yourself below

On September 30, 2022 and At the strong advisement of his public defender based upon risks at trial beginning with the State and County exploiting loopholes in their own criminal statute and applying uncanny political influence, Reardon offered a plea of guilty and was given 5-Years unsupervised probation (non-reporting) along with him being banished from Lafayette County for the same period of time. This marks the second time now Lafayette County has applied Wild West Justice and told Reardon to get out of town. Reardon says he was set on taking this matter to trial, seeking full vindication on the alleged charge, however he was advised that his best viable option to regain his freedom was to take the plea and agree to the banishment due to uncertainty that would come at a jury trial, the highly influential people involved, and the testimony given by the 8 individuals that testified against Reardon at his preliminary hearing which led to the revocation of his bail.

The following day after Reardon was released from the Lafayette County Detention Center following his 3-month stay, he formally addressed the matter for the first time while ripping into the local news agencies for grandstanding and capitalizing on a matter that should have been heavily scrutinized and furthers shielding information that should have been disseminated to the public. This is what Reardon had to say:

“I plan on giving a more detailed response in the upcoming days regarding the serious legal matter that resulted from my walking into Oxford, MS City Hall on June 20, 2022 to conduct what I clearly stated was a Constitutionally Protected and completely harmless 1st Amendment Audit of the inside of City Hall as an Independent Journalist. In the meantime I need to stress a few things that have been weighing on my mind. I know my actions were clearly self evidenced in the video below which was uploaded to YouTube the same day, and the absolutely despicable charge of aggravated stalking levied against me 1-week later. Then there is the revocation of the initial appearance bond given, followed by the subsequent incarceration of me for 3 months during a time when my wife and kids needed me the most which demonstrate without a doubt the largest grandstanding overreaction by Lafayette County and it’s officials. The completely biased articles written by Magnolia State Live and and The Oxford Eagle show one side of everything which was HIGHLY doctored and manipulated. To make matters even worse I have no doubt that the latest unfair and completely biased attacks are far from over. I believe the resulting damage caused by The State of Mississippi, Local Officials, and particularly these media outlets have left a permanent stain on the Constitutional Rights afforded to all citizens. Most certainly in regards to Freedom of the Press and Journalism. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist, and quite honestly it doesn’t take one with an IQ above 20, to see in the Video of that which transpired that I never once asked to see Mayor Robyn Tannehill, never once saw Mayor Robyn Tannehill, and never did anything remotely perceivable as a threat. I was, as stated from the beginning, solely engaged in a constitutionally protected activity of simply filming the publicly accessible spaces and the decorated interior of City Hall, A PUBLIC BUILDING! It never had the slightest involvement with the Mayor as was unfairly blown out of proportion. A contempt violation on a five year old restraining order should have been it and even that would be highly questionable. Certainly not a Felony Charge of Aggravated Stalking, AND MOST DEFINITELY not getting ransacked with BOTH! We live in a cruel, sick, and sinister society that continues to digress in showing it’s ugly, dirty hand that always seems to revolve around politics. I know I have God on my side. I’m far from a “monster” as was reported from the slew of untrue testimony from the ones that truly deserve that label. There is Pure evil in the hearts of some in this county. In the Bible, Luke 12 verse 2-3 sums it up perfectly in saying that “the secrets will be uncovered, the truth will come forth, and God’s thought about every behavior and action will be vindicated. What’s done in the dark will come to light, and thank God he has created it to operate so!” The legal system has lost its integrity. The “Community” has lost its morals and decency. It’s ludicrous to me that People charged with manslaughter and murder are given bonds in this same God-Forsaken County, meanwhile I had NO weapon, threatened ABSOLUTELY no one yet this independent journalist recording in a publicly accessible building is clearly and unfairly portrayed as the true threat and completely deprived of his freedom and liberty in order to achieve the county’s ultimate two goals: To abscond from liability from not only this but another legal matter (Lawsuit), and to seek a second banishment from Lafayette County to the previous recipricantt of Wild West Justice. The true motive and motivation of this political WITCHHUNT by the State of Mississippi and Lafayette County can’t and won’t be ignored and avoided. That I solemnly swear.. These are the facts the news media refused to report on when they decided to cover this story.”

Matt Reardon

Reardon uploaded the Audit of City Hall to YouTube the very same day, which the prosecution then used as its evidence of the crime charged. But watch the video below. Do you honestly see any type of conduct that was ever directed at Mayor Robyn Tannehill? Reardon NEVER knew for a fact that she was in the building. In fact there was never was the first piece of evidence offered that she was indeed there as was claimed. But what you do see as evidence is a complete view of every step Reardon took inside of that building. CERTAINLY nothing remotely warranting a Felony Charge 1-week later

Shown above is the Full Start to Finish First Amendment Audit by Matt Reardon at the Oxford, MS City Hall on June 20, 2017. Prior to Reardon finishing the Audit where he was going to request Public Records from the City Clerk, he was met by Officers from Oxford Police Department whom escorted him out of the building by using a restraining order taken out in 2017 by the then Mayor Elect Robyn Tannehill

The Audit shown above would be Reardon’s 3rd First Amendment Audit during the month of June in Oxford, MS which include the Lafayette County Justice Court Building and the United States Post Office (shown below)

This was June 8, 2022 at Lafayette County Justice Court where Reardon walked inside of the building attempting to retrieve court papers while simultaneously recording and documenting the interaction.
This was June 16, 2022 and was a successful First Amendment Audit being that there was no interaction while Reardon was on the property
I believe these audits and dialog are very Important particularly in today’s day and age. Remember this:

The Law doesn’t give you any rights, the law only takes them away. Stand firm and protect your Rights!

This Article below fully details out what Reardon asserts as the true underlying motive for Lafayette County’s aggressive and unprecedented prosecution of him which was initiated June 28, 2022. The VERY next day The State of Mississippi filed a motion to dismiss itself from the Federal Lawsuit

Reardon Files Amended 74-page Complaint complaint REMOVING John Doe Deputies (1-10) and ADDING MS Department of Mental Health to Lawsuit!

On 6/13/2022, Matt Reardon files an amended motion for leave to amend his initial complaint with the Court. In it he specified the reasons his Initial Complaint was needing to be amended. Among others included simplifying the complaint in an easier to understand and follow along with, but also expressing his intention to drop John Doe Deputies (1-10) while ADDING the Mississippi Department of Mental Health to the Lawsuit. The new complaint is now a staggering 74-pages in length and is apt to bring challenges ahead for all parties involved. Read the complaint here and feel free to provide your thoughts regarding what was just filed

On 6/13/2022, Matt Reardon files an amended motion for leave to amend his initial complaint with the Court. In it he specified the reasons his Initial Complaint was needing to be amended. Among others included simplifying the complaint in an easier to understand and follow along with, but also expressing his intention to drop John Doe Deputies (1-10) while ADDING the Mississippi Department of Mental Health to the Lawsuit. The new complaint is now a staggering 74-pages in length and is apt to bring challenges ahead for all parties involved. Read the complaint here and feel free to provide your thoughts regarding what was just filed

What are 1st Amendment Audits and why are they done?

1ST AMENDMENT AUDITING: The practice of exercising one’s constitutional right to record video for the purpose of educating anyone who attempts to infringe that right and commending those who respect it.

Here is some basic knowledge you will want to familiarize yourself with regarding 1st Amendment Audits

THE 1ST AMENDMENT OF THE US CONSTITUTION: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

1ST AMENDMENT AUDITING: The practice of exercising one’s constitutional right to record video for the purpose of educating anyone who attempts to infringe that right and commending those who respect it.

The right of citizens to record the police or any functioning/moving part of our Local, State, and Federal Government is a critical check and balance. It creates an independent record of what took place in a particular incident, one that is free from accusations of bias, lying, or faulty memory. Unfortunately, law enforcement officers have been known to ask people to stop taking photographs or recording video of public places. Those who fail to comply have sometimes been harassed, detained, and arrested. When in public spaces where you are lawfully present you have the right to photograph or record anything that is in plain view. That includes pictures and video of federal buildings, transportation facilities, and police. Such photography and video recording is a form of public oversight over the government and is important in a free society

1st Amendment Audit turns into 5th Amendment Audit outside of Federal Contractor 0Building


On 6/8/2022 Matt Reardon visits Lafayette County Justice Court to find the answers to a few questions. Prior to the first question being asked, tension mounts over Reardon recording on his cell phone, and this turns into a 1st Amendment Audit involving a court security officer and 2 Deputies of Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department

1st Amendment Audit of Lafayette County Justice Court

Here is what really transpired at Lafayette County Justice Court yesterday, and it wasn’t at all like Lt Omar Ahmed made it sound like in his report

Here is what really transpired at Lafayette County Justice Court and it wasn’t at all like Lt Omar Ahmed made it sound like, earning Lafayette County Sheriffs Department a grade of F on this Audit.

What turned into a First Amendment Audit at Lafayette County Justice Court on Wednesday June 8th, 2022 doubled down as another big overreaction by Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department. As shown in the video, Matt Reardon walks through the doors of Justice Court with his cellphone mounted to his DJI Gimbal simply to (try) to find the answers to a couple of questions for a news story he was covering. Immediately Reardon is met by Court Security Officer Chad Mood who rudely and abruptly stops him to tell him (Reardon) he couldn’t come in with his iphone out and on its Gimbal because recording was not allowed in the building. However, not one sign existed anywhere in sight stating the such (meanwhile the building has its own cameras in the ceiling recording). Mood then goes on to stating that the Justice Court/Municipal Court building was “Private Property”, a clear confusion by Mood of where he was at being that the building he referred to as “private” was actually paid for in full by the Tax Payers of Lafayette County, Mississippi. In asking Court Security Officer Mood as to if he was giving a lawful order to leave with the camera phone, Mood gets visibly upset, stands up, and starts advancing (presumably) towards Reardon before walking back to the Clerk’s Office. When Reardon attempts to identify Mood by name and badge number, Mood becomes audibly upset and refuses to identify, prompting Reardon to call the Sheriffs Department for assistance in identifying Mood. Then enters Lt Omar Ahmed whom appears to be completely predisposed that Reardon must be the problem, and this shows clear in their interaction. Watch the video for yourself and feel free to leave your comments on this new video quickly building on plays since published yesterday evening

Here is the incident report created by Omar Ahmed

Reardon Moves To Amend Complaint and Add MS Department of Mental Health to Lawsuit

On Monday June 6th I submitted a simple 1-page motion seeking leave of the court to Amend my complaint and add the MS Department of Mental Health to the lawsuit

On Friday, I received word that I had prevailed in the order to Show Cause on the Lawsuit I filed in District Court on 4/6/2022 and that summons would be prepared and sent out to the Defendants. I did not realize at that time exactly how fast the clerks office would move upon receiving the order from the Judge.. nearly instantaneously! So today, June 6 2022 I submitted a simple 1-page motion seeking leave of the court to Amend my complaint and add the MS Department of Mental Health to the lawsuit after giving it much consideration over the weekend.

Reardon’s Lawsuit against Communicare and Lafayette County Prevails Round One

Matt Reardon files $27.5 Million lawsuit against the State of Mississippi by and through Lafayette County, it’s Sheriff, and multiple named Officials.

On 6/3/2022 Matt Reardon’s $27.5 Million Lawsuit Advances through A Show Cause Phase Ordered by US District Court Magistrate Judge Jane Virden.


Reardon is notified he needs to provide addresses for 5 of the listed parties, but the lawsuit survives an onset attack and moves forward to the US Marshals Office being authorized to serve all Defendants with process, and there are quite a few of them!

Matt Reardon files $27.5 Million lawsuit against the State of Mississippi by and through Lafayette County, it’s Sheriff, and multiple named Officials.

The 70-page lawsuit also names Communicare, it’s executive director, and two of its employees. It seeks $2.5 million in compensatory damages and $25 million in punitive damages in a bold move to help deter future conduct of the such

Reardon claims it was fraudulent, untrue statements given by the Lafayette County Sheriff, Joey East, acted on twice by Communicare employees whom acted in a reckless and negligent way that are fully attributable. He says all others named either assisted or had a duty to prevent the ruthless attack and deprivation of Reardon’s retained rights in these shocking, unprecedented moves to cover up major discrepancies.

Investigative Guerilla Reporter Journalist Matt Reardon Hits Back with Precision in bringing forth facts and truths in this 42-minute video detailing out his second shocking discovery of records that he alleges were fraudulently changed in the Lafayette County Circuit Court. The video begins with a clerk from the Circuit Clerk’s Office informing Reardon that his assigned judge in a new matter filed in this North Mississippi Circuit Court would be Judge Kent Smith, and that the judges are assigned via an algorithm that randomly (and presumptively fairly) assigns a circuit court judge to a newly filed case out of the three Circuit Court Judges available. Reardon is shown simply trying to find out where the responsibility falls when the Judge in his newest court filing is mysteriously changed to the same Circuit Court Judge (Luther) Reardon claims presents a gigantic conflict of interest, even citing certain individual violations of the Judicial code of ethics, the high standard all judges are held to. After walking out of the Circuit Court Courthouse, Reardon mildly states his state of shock and concern at how quickly the situation deteriorated. Outside, Reardon is then confronted by Lafayette County Sheriff Joey East who tells Reardon to not go back into Circuit Court unless he has something in specific to file. At this point, Reardon takes the opportunity to get a few things off of his chest regarding the flagrant uncaring abuse of what he states is his constitutional rights and civil duty, even referencing to the Lafayette County Sheriff’s requests as being “tyrannical”. A few other pleasantries are exchanged before Reardon leaves in disarray at what had just transpired. After an unsuccessful call to Judge Luther and Judge Smith’s Offices, Reardon receives a call from Circuit Court advising him that his newest court filing was improperly filed in circuit court and would need to be refiled in Justice Court which Reardon rushes to do in just the nick of time.

The very next day, December 7th, 2021, Lafayette County Sheriff Joey East rose to the occasion once again in passing obnoxious lies and complaints centered around constitutionally protected activity as a journalist, reporter, and credentialed member of the press to an employee of Communicare by the name of Rachel Alcorn with a predisposed plan to exploit the State’s mental health laws by cutting corners, ignoring required procedure under state law, and seeking to separate a husband and father of four from his family in a grueling, sickening act that undoubtedly would align with not only the feeling, but the legal definition of human trafficking. Reardon is seen arriving home with his family when two Lafayette County Sheriff’s Deputies pull up advising Reardon that a “Writ to take Custody for Mental Commitment” had been taken out for him earlier that day, and he is then taken into custody. And this they were successful in doing at the expense of both me and my family when no crimes were ever committed and the entire procedure was botched through and through.

On 12/30/2021 It was made known that Local Law Enforcement tying directly to the Lafayette County Sheriff Joey East had tendered the most obnoxious, damning of lies to Rachel Alcorn, an employee of Communicare, in a successful attempt to get Communicare to seek Judicial Commitment of Matt Reardon. East’s motive in the matter is very clear to see when taking into consideration key facts based upon numerous erroneous and concerning findings have more recently surfaced regarding the Lafayette County Sheriff’s alleged involvement in a matter dating back to 2017. Even more alarming is the fact that the latest record fraudulently altered in Circuit Court that was discovered by me just so happened to be a matter I was appealing from Lafayette County Justice Court where East’s Deputies and even he himself gave false sworn testimony in order to contrive a conviction based upon lies. Reardon immediately condemned the latest ruthless attack and labeled it for what it was: a fraudulent commitment coming about as a result of completely erroneous lies spewed by the sheriff, Joey East, and completely botched procedure by Communicare and its Employees.

After voicing his complete disgust with the matter to a Communicare employee, Reardon was informed that he needed to submit any complaint in writing to the director of the Facility including any demand for preservation of evidence. Early on in the afternoon on February 8th, 2022 at the conclusion of speaking with chancery court clerk Sherry Wall, Reardon filed and served an 8-page shocking letter with Chancery Judge Lawrence Little’s chambers and Communicare’s executive director Dr. Sandy Rogers.

The very next day, February 9th, 2022, another Communicare Employee (Susan Beard) proceeded to file another affidavit for commitment of Reardon claiming he had refused to attend a scheduled appointment, however, recorded phone calls with Communicare paint an entirely different picture and in combination with the Complaint filed just 1-day prior almost certainly show that this latest move by Communicare and its employees was ill-brought once again and done to retaliate against Reardon and once again try to dodge a situation that the county and Communicare brought on themselves.

On February 10th, 2022, upon returning home close to midnight from his wife being hospitalized due to pregnancy complications, Lafayette County Sheriffs Deputies light up the yard with blue lights and take Reardon once again into custody for the affidavit for commitment filed in front of his wife, Madelyn. Reardon was held for 6-days without any rights afforded to him at the Lafayette County Detention Center and then shipped 2.5 hours across the state to the East Mississippi State Hospital in Meridian MS on February 16th, 2022. There he would stay, deprived of his liberty among other rights, for 30 days. All of this put Madelyn into preterm labor and she gave birth via emergency c-section on February 17, 2022 to a 2lb 11oz extremely premature baby boy without her husband by her side.

Reardon now take the position that this latest move constitutes violations of the false claims act along with violations of the whistleblower act, while leaving him feeling like a victim of human trafficking by county officials and a Quasi-Governmental entity, Communicare through the exploitation of Mississippi’s outdated mental health laws in a conspiracy involving local Government officials and private citizens in this latest move that he fully believes chills the Constitutional Rights of other citizens, particularly journalists and reporters if left unchecked. Particularly when these individuals could be poised to pull this very bold move again on him, or anyone else whom holds any information disfavoring to them.

Reardon claims these acts of aggression demonstrate acts of insurrection committed by the Lafayette County Sheriff through a massive abuse of power, and that everything that has occurred since 2017 calls for investigation and prosecution under the Patriot Act and the RICO Act.

Reardon alleges All of this amounts to a Completely Low-Blow, Conspired upon Attack organized and orchestrated by Lafayette County Officials to intimidate and remove not only a private citizen, but a credentialed Journalist/Reporter not once but twice within 2 months time; on December 7, 2021 and February 10th, 2022.


Reardon claims that all known facts provide more than enough proof to allege that Lafayette County Officials conspired with at least one Private Citizen and likely multiple to successfully deprive a citizen and credentialed member of the press of his civil rights and that the actions that occurred CHILL the constitutional rights of other citizens until such time this atrocity is properly rectified. He says this most certainly calls for examination and overhaul of an easily manipulable system that the Mississippi Government has exploited, taken full advantage of, and has a high tendency of repeating again.


12-Page Affidavit Reardon filed on Monday, 1/3/2021

See the Court Filing Filed in Circuit Court to Spark the latest series of events in Lafayette County, MS