Friday, September 20, 2013

FL Libertarian arrested for wearing sign and handing out flyers without permit

Orlando Sentinel - Local man arrested while protesting red light cameras - Adrienne Cutway:

September 18, 2013 - "66-year-old Mark Schmidter was arrested Saturday in Apopka after an officer spotted him wearing a 'Ban the Cams' sign around his neck and handing out flyers to drivers at the intersection of U.S. 441 and Park Avenue.... Officer Robert Campbell approached Schmidter for violating Florida's statute on obstructing public streets and protesting without a permit.

Because Schmidter hadn't been driving, he didn't have his license with him but he refused to give the officer his name.... Schmidter was placed under arrest, which caused other protesters across the street to 'heckle' the arresting officer....

"Once at the Apopka Police Department, Schmidter still refused to give his name, telling Campbell that he wanted legal counsel and asked to see the law that requires people to identify themselves during a police investigation.... He was charged with obstructing an officer without violence and was given a citation for obstructing public streets."

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