By Christina Hager, WBZ-TVBy Christina Hager

LYNN (CBS) – A Swampscott man’s fight to protect his property has blown up into a larger fight for justice. Anthony McKay is facing a felony charge for punching an alleged armed robber breaking into his truck in October.

He says he was just protecting his property. His supporters have held fundraisers for his defense, and now his brother Ken McKay, is organizing a protest.

He plans to picket in front of Lynn District Court during his brother’s pretrial hearing January 24th. Now Lynn Police have told him he can’t. According to Massachusetts state law, anyone who “pickets or parades in or near a building housing a court shall be punished.”

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports

“I was in absolute awe that there would be a law on the books that would limit what you could say and where you can say it,” says Ken McKay. According to the statute, he could face as much as $5,000 in fines and up to a year in prison. He plans to do it anyway. “I was brought up that the Bill of Rights is inalienable. Obviously the state of Massachusetts thinks otherwise.”

A spokesperson with The Essex County District Attorney’s office says prosecutors are, “reviewing this matter to determine the appropriate course of action.”

Comments (10)
  1. jaygee says:

    This story is difficult to comprehend. A thief attempts to break into this guy’s vehicle to steal his property. The thief is caught with a knife on him, is wrestled to the ground and has his jaw broken and yet it’s the innocent owner of the vehicle that gets arrested. First of all, he should have received a commendation from the police for catching the thief. Secondly, this felon should have had more than his jaw broken. Only in Massachusetts does the criminal have more rights than the victim.

    1. Greg Straticoglu says:

      The laws in all the states in our country are totally convaluted, If we ever new the truth there would be a revolution not a protest. I love my country but I dont love some of its laws and rules. The DA should resign for even thinking of arresting a single protester, especially in this instance.

  2. Jan Goecks Toth says:

    The more stories I read about this entire incident the more I have to wonder just how blind justice is in Massachusetts. UNREAL.

  3. Denise says:

    That’s why they call it CRIMINAL JUSTICE!

  4. Marty says:

    The police who charged this man and the DA who is pressing charges should be fired immediately. The thief is lucky that he only had his jaw broken.

    Why are there no laws protecting the innocent. When someone attempts to commit a crime against you or your property, all bets are off. This should be the law. Criminals should not have any rights, period.

    1. Renée Langley says:

      If you haven’t done so already go sign this petition:
      Be sure to share it on facebook and or twitter. There is a link there as well pushing for the MA Senate Bill 661 which would allow MA citizens the right they should ALREADY have to protect themselves. Sign that as well.

  5. Mark says:

    Massachusetts where victims are the criminals.

  6. Denise says:

    I’ve repeated this story many times…. but I was talking to a friend who owns an insurance company – and she commented on a couple who went away on vacation, a bunch of kids broke in the house for a party and trashed it. Apparently one of the kids got hurt and sued the couple – their insurance company had to pay! To me that is absolutely CRAZY! But then again so is this story! He’s lucky all he got was a broken jaw! Law makers don’t seem to have a clue these days – we need to get them out of the glass houses they seem to live in and bring them into the real world. Remember it’s your right to lie, cheat and steal and apparently get away with it! Shame on those innocent victims that try to protect themselves and their property! That’s why my property isn’t protected by ADT but Smith & Wesson.. LOL!

    1. Renée Langley says:

      We need to get them out of office and elect people who live in the real world.
      If you haven’t done so already please sign the petition below. Thank you!
      There is also a link there for the MA Senate Bill 661 which would allow the citizens of MA to protect themselves. I would recommend signing that as well.

  7. Renée Langley says:

    It is terrible what the Essex County DA is doing here. Please sign this petition urging the DA to drop the charges against Anthony McKay. Also share the link with your friends via facebook, twitter and email.

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