Alaska – Cops Assault disabled man for carrying a sign – “Impeach Obama”

August 31, 2010

The Nazi gestapo should be sued to the fullest extent of the law.  Those officers should have to undergo retraining.  I can’t believe this went on in Alaska.  ALASKA.  The last bastion of hope.

If this doesn’t make one understand that the government is too big for our own good, then those are the people that are INSIDE the government and have never earned a living by free enterprise.

This guy never raised a hand to anyone and was not a threat.  What right does the government official have to put his hands on him?

This was infuriating to watch!

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“I have free speech!” (UPDATED)

From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage —

This 10-minute clip of a protester with a Lyndon LaRouche “Impeach Obama Now” sign clashing with state fair security appeared yesterday on YouTube and is gaining buzz this morning.

What we know so far: The man in the video is Sidney Hill, 52, and he has been arrested by Palmer police for assault, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

That according to Palmer police commander Thomas Remaley, who says Hill had a handgun that police seized for evidence and “safekeeping.”

“He’s probably legal to have a gun, but you’re not allowed to have a gun at the fairgrounds, so they would have taken it away from him,” Remaley said.

Hill was taken to Mat-Su pretrial in Palmer with bail set at $500. He was arraigned this afternoon but had not posted bail as of 2 p.m. today.

I’m trying to reach the private security firm seen in the video.

What exactly launched this encounter? Are fairgoers with political signs always asked to leave?

“It is private property, open to the public. They get to determine their rules,” Remaley said.


UPDATE: Fair marketing director Dean Phipps says the fair has an unwritten policy against people campaigning in common areas of the fairgrounds.

If people want to deliver a political message — on abortion or Pebble Mine, for example — they’re expected to rent a booth and follow vendor guidelines, he said.

As for the security guards? Did they go too far?

Phipps defended the use of force seen in the clip.

“The initial attempt was to educate him and let him know what the rules were, and he became belligerent. They felt that they were assaulted … and then responded to that.”


Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said the trooper who appears partway through the clip was off duty.

More soon.

If you saw what happened yesterday, give me a call at 257-4334 or e-mail khopkins@adn.com.

Read more: http://community.adn.com/adn/node/152921#ixzz0yCizdBDn

Original article:

Fair protester, scuffle caught on video:

FAIR: YouTube shows security arresting man with political banner.

By KYLE HOPKINS
khopkins@adn.com

Published: August 28th, 2010 10:34 AM
Last Modified: August 28th, 2010 10:34 AM

Ten minutes of mayhem Thursday at the Alaska State Fair — caught on video and posted on YouTube — jump-started an Internet debate on free speech this week and landed a familiar roadside activist in jail.

Palmer police arrested Sidney Hill, 52, for assault, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, police commander Thomas Remaley said.

Fair marketing director Dean Phipps said Hill is known for waving signs near the Carrs grocery store in Palmer and apparently carried a large banner into the nearby fair Thursday. It read “LaRouche says Impeach Obama Now.”

The fair has an unwritten policy against people campaigning in common areas, Phipps said. The YouTube clip shows Hill clashing loudly with security guards before being forced to the ground and eventually arrested.

Phipps said Hill became aggressive and belligerent, trying to incite the crowd when security guards approached him. Some fairgoers said Hill didn’t appear to be causing problems.

“He was just walking around with a sign,” said Wendy Lewis of Anchorage.

The photographer, identified on YouTube as Brian Stanfill, described what he saw in an e-mail: “(Hill) was peacefully displaying his message without yelling or heckling other fair patrons until the fair security personnel approached him and grabbed his sign and then him.”

Phipps defended the use of force by security guards seen in the clip.

“The initial attempt was to educate him and let him know what the rules were, and he became belligerent. They felt that they were assaulted … and then responded to that.”

The fair is on private property, owned by the non-profit Alaska State Fair Inc. If people want to deliver a political message — on abortion or Pebble Mine, for example — they’re expected to rent a booth and follow vendor guidelines, Phipps said.

Security told fair officials that Hill had been swinging the sign around, so that people, including kids, had to dodge it, Phipps said.

Remaley, the police commander, said Hill also possessed a handgun, which is not allowed on the fairgrounds.

The video begins with Hill yelling “This is public access!” and that he has free speech and ends with him walking away in handcuffs with police.

In between, Hill can be seen tangling with security, telling another man he’s “a worthless hippie” and calling on the crowd for help. Security hold Hill to the ground as he yells. An off-duty state trooper steps in to keep the crowd back.

Hill’s banner referenced Lyndon LaRouche, a political activist who has run for U.S. president.
Read more: http://www.adn.com/2010/08/27/1428432/statement-scuffle-caught-on-video.html#ixzz0yCjxjsEV

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