â€œTo learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticizeâ€ ~ Voltaire
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(Tea Party News Network) –Protesters in St. Charles, Missouri, were arrested on Saturday, August 17th, 2013, when they politely refused to disassemble the protest that they were staging on a freeway overpass. The officers admitted that the protesters had not done anything unlawful, but claimed that their presence created a safety hazard for motorists.
The protesters offered to move the protest further down the street, but the arresting officer, Highway Patrolman Jenkins, refused the office. â€œNo, weâ€™re just going to have you guys exit the overpass,â€ Jenkins replied.
The situation escalated as protesters politely reminded the officer that they had a First Amendment right to free speech. Officer Jenkins restated his request for the protesters to leave and when the protesters clarified that it was simply a request, they declined to leave. â€œYou can come with me,â€ Jenkins immediately replied.
â€œWhat gives you the authority to order me around on a public sidewalk?â€ the cameraman asked. â€œDo you recognize that Iâ€™m a peace officer? I asked you and told you that you need to leave,â€ the officer stated.
When the second protester asked the officer what law they were breaking, the officer asked him if he wanted to go to jail. After the protester called the abuse â€œtyranny,â€ the officer arrested the first protester for failure to comply with an officer. Jenkins then put protester into a chokehold and brought him to the ground while the cameraman asked, â€œIs that necessary? Heâ€™s not resisting!â€
Immediately after, the cameraman was arrested as well. The duo was held in the St. Charles County Jail for 24 hours for failure to obey an order from an officer and resisting arrest. [...]
False arrest? Trampling of their civil liberties? 1st amendment rights stomped on? You be the judge.
Protester: “What law are you citing that you are going to arrested us under?”
Officer JenkinsÂ Missouri State Trooper: “I haven’t cited any law, I haven’t said I’m going to arrest you”?
Officer Jenkins: “Sir, I have already asked you to leave the overpass and we’re going to leave it at that.”
Protester:” So you asked us alright, that’s aÂ request right, we don’t have to, you’re not telling us.”
Officer Jenkins: “I’ve been polite and asked you to leave the overpass..”
Protester: ” Alright so you asked us I understand.”
Officer Jennkins: ” Are you going to leave?”
Protester: ” I don’t think so.”
Officer Jenkins: ” You can come with me.”
Protester: “What’s that?”
Officer Jenkins: “Come with me.”
Protester: “Why is that?”
Officer Jenkins: “You’re failing to obey what we are telling you.”
Protester: â€œWhat gives you the authority to order me around on a public sidewalk?â€
Officer Jenkins: “Just answer the question; ‘Are you refusing to leave, is the question’?”
Protester: “Am I refusing to leave?” Tell me by what authority you can tell me to leave here?”
Officer Jenkins: “That’s not the question. ‘Are you refusing to leave’ is the question.”
Protester: “Tell me by what authority you can tell me to leave here?”
Officer Jenkins: “You recognize that Iâ€™m a peace officer?
Officer Jenkins: “And I’ve asked you and told you that you need to leave. Are you going to leave?”
Protester: “Is there a law? Are we breaking a law here?”
Officer: ” I just gave you two chances, third chance you’re going to jail with me.”
2nd Protester: “For what sir?”
Officer Jenkins: ” Do you wanna go to jail too?”
2nd protester” I’m just asking what law he is breaking, what are you going to arrest him for?”
Officer Jenkins: “Failure to comply with a highway patrolman.”
2nd Protester:Â “Tyranny.”
Officer Jenkins: “Turn around and put your hands behind your back.”
FM News Talk 97.1 Fox News Radio:
Claiming “Overpass for Obama’s Impeachment” is free speech, Messmer [blue shirt]and Weed [yellow shirt] refused and the pair were arrested for refusing the order to move. Messmer was also cited for resisting arrest.
St Louis Today:
The two were arrested, he said, for failing to obey. [Sgt. Al] Nothum [spokesman for the Missouri Highway Patrol] said the patrol wants charges filed but prosecutors have yet to decide. The patrol also wants Messmer to be charged with resisting arrest.
Messmer and Weed both complained they were kept in a holdover area for 24 hours at the St. Charles County Jail and released Sunday afternoon.
Messmer said he hopes enough attention will be generated in the arrest so officials “will see the errors of their ways” and charges won’t be filed. Weed said he believes charges won’t be filed.
“We’re doing this to drum up more support for our cause,” he said, including a repeat protest at the same overpass at 10 a.m. this coming Saturday.