In The Public Arena

Austin Police Restrict Man's Free Speech and Free Exercise of Religion Rights

May 11th, 2012

Barney-TX-WWII-Memorial | Liberty Institute

Jose Muniz and Todd Leibovitz v City of San Antonio


  • San Antonio Police unlawfully arrested and imprisoned overnight Todd Leibovitz, a recent Bible College graduate, for peacefully speaking about the Christian faith and sharing passages from the Bible on a public sidewalk in the city of San Antonio. San Antonio Police also unlawfully harassed and threatened with arrest Jose Muniz, a full time Christian minister, for sharing his faith and handing out religious literature on a public sidewalk in the city of San Antonio.
  • The city of San Antonio’s policies, customs, and practices which led to Mr. Leibovitz’s arrest and imprisonment and the threats of arrest and harassment of Mr. Muniz infringe upon their constitutional rights, including the First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and free exercise of religion.

Current Status

  • On September 9, 2010, Liberty Institute filed a federal lawsuit against the city of San Antonio and the police officers involved challenging the city’s unconstitutional policies, customs and practices.


  • This lawsuit impacts the ability of Christians in San Antonio to lawfully proclaim the Gospel message and distribute free religious literature without fear of being treated like a criminal or facing jail time.


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