It's a story we've heard a lot -- from places across the country. And it looks like Sioux City, IA is the next city to punish people for getting involved in the democratic process. Apparently, city officials collected the names and addresses of dog owners who testified at various City Council Meetings against the ban on 'pit bulls' the city eventually passed. Now, it turns out that these people were sent notices through the mail by the city warning them to license their pets.
"People should hae the ability to come before the council and have a passionate opinion about something and be able to express that without any fear of retaliation," Rixner said. "The potential for abuse is very frightening to me....It's a chilling effect."
But unfortunately, this, all too often is the story we hear.