Video: Armed Obama protester's arrest sparks outrage
A man named Sidney Hill, sporting a bushy, white beard and a big sign invoking the impeachment of President Obama, showed up at the Alaska State Fair on Thursday, prepared to engage in a vocal protest.
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#1 Aug 31, 2010
Mr. Hill brought an anti-Obama sign to the Alaska State Fair. He was not very disruptive and the Fair goers found him entertaining until some white haired, bushy old guy started giving Hill a bad time. Hill didn't react well to this, and CMS Security showed up. They handled it really poorly and started beating Hill up. The crowd got unruly because Security was strong arming Hill. Then an off duty Alaska State Trooper stepped in and further escalated the tension. The Trooper flashed his badge but wouldn't identify himself, and then the Trooper finally sneaked off. Then Palmer Police came and arrested Hill. Hill is a local crank well known to everyone. He is largely harmless, but the cops harass him routinely. As usual, they overcharged Hill with Trespass, Assault, and Disorderly conduct. The assualt charge is ridiculous since they assaulted him. The ones who started the misconduct were really the guy harassing Hill, security and the Trooper. The Fair Officials claim there are no Free Speech Rights because the State Fair is "private property." Hhmmm. State Fair is private - interesting. The youtube video sparked some outrage because they had 5 burly guys beating this old guy up, when the crowd found him entertaining. Thankfully someone had the presence of mind to video this so the Police couldn't invent massive charges against this old crank. This makes the Fair officials look bad - they do look bad. Old guy had a loaded pistol, but that's legal in Alaska. It looks like you need a pistol to protect you from the cops at the Fair. Now poor Mr. Hill has multiple criminal charges against him. Fair officials and CMS Security and the Trooper evidently get off without being charged. Hopefully Mr. Hill will bring civil suit.
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