Legal? Not even a little.
Mike Dickinson, the Virginia Democrat who wants the House seat currently held by Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Va., is not on the ballot in his district, but continues to issue unhinged tweets as though he is a viable candidate. On Sunday, he urged his supporters to violate Virginia law and use the police to harass members of the Tea Party.
“Use the Supreme Court ruling to harass tea party members. When you see them call the police,” he tweeted.
“You do realize you are advocating people to make false statements to the Police? That’s, last I checked, a crime,” one person said in response.
It does, in fact, appear that Dickinson is urging his followers to violate Virginia law, which says false reports to law enforcement is a Class 1 misdemeanor. Virginia law clearly states it is illegal to “knowingly give a false report as to the commission of any crime to any law-enforcement official with intent to mislead.”
The law also says it is illegal to call police “without just cause and with intent to interfere with the operations of any law-enforcement official, to call or summon any law-enforcement official by telephone or other means, including engagement or activation of an automatic emergency alarm.” Clearly, Dickinson is encouraging followers to call police without just cause.