Crime streak: Keene police arrest nude freedom lovers

You’ve gotta give the Union Leader credit for their headline.

UPDATE: The Union Leader has re-written parts of the article, presumably after Sam gave them a call. The new article is posted here. I will leave the old one up so people can see the differences.

By MELANIE PLENDA
Union Leader Correspondent

KEENE – Being bare breasted on the streets of Keene may not be illegal, but breast painting, drinking in public, blocking police cars and harassing officers is.

At least seven people were arrested Sunday shortly after 6 p.m. when bystanders reported people were drinking and taking off their clothes in Central Square in downtown Keene.

Keene Police Lt. Darryl Madden said the people in the park were not arrested for nakedness, which is not illegal in Keene.

“One woman was toples and she was getting her breasts painted by another woman,” he said. “There’s no law against being naked, but you can’t be lewd or lascivious. And one person groping someone’s breasts and saying lewd things certainly qualifies.”

When police arrived, they also noticed people drinking in the park and began making arrests, Madden said. As they did, the crowd grew heated and started yelling at and “getting in the officers’ faces.” Police made more arrests. The entire incident took about 15 minutes, Madden said, and it’s not clear how many people were in the park at the time.

As police were driving away with the arrested, several in the crowd jumped on the hoods of the police cars to try to stop them. They too were arrested.

Once at the police station, two more people from the park were in the lobby at the station. Madden said they started drinking and they too were ticketed.

Madden identified many of those arrested as members of or associated with the Free Keene and Free State movements. People from these groups have met daily in Central Square since last summer, generally to publicly smoke pot. In recent months the Free Keene group has instituted “Topless Tuesdays” which also takes place in the Square, located across the street from Keene Middle School and Keene City Hall. There is no law or city ordinance against being topless in Keene.

Police have largely left the groups alone with only a handful arrests made for disorderly conduct over the past several months.

Arrested yesterday were Jonathan Ray, 33, of 176 Church St., Keene, for having an open container of alcohol; Wesley Golbreath, 20, of 60 School St., Marlborough, for obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct; Megan Steward, 26, who is listed as homeless in Keene, for obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct; Richard Paul, 41, of 816 Elm St., Manchester, for obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct; and Heika Courser, 26, of 3 Fitzwilliam Road, Richmond, for open container of alcohol and resisting arrest.

Arrested at the police station were David Dixon, 30, of 43 Gurnsey St., Keene, for having an open container of alcohol and Jonathan Ray, 33, was issued a second ticket for having an open container of alcohol.

No injuries were reported as a result of the incidents.

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46 comments
Paul
Paul

FWIW, I was referring to the hypothetical situation. You know, the one where we can defend ourselves as individuals, without interference from government.

Oh, I see. Well, I wasn't necessarily trying to say that this would be the primary means of defense. I certainly want the protection of police (although I do want the freedom to choose which department to pay for). Since there's choice, though, you're right that this might not be called "government". Depends on your definition, I guess.

Gabe
Gabe

I’m not sure I understand our disagreement, on this particular issue. I’m really describing, more or less, the way things are now. If your buddy gets attacked, you certainly have a right to stop the attacker. No judge I can think of is going to throw you in jail for coming to your friend’s defense in that case, right?FWIW, I was referring to the hypothetical situation. You know, the one where we can defend ourselves as individuals, without interference from government.

KEENENATIVE
KEENENATIVE

Am I really the only person on here, who has considered the absurdity, that when you're in Kangaroo-keene"district court", facing KPD-filed charges, the "state" of NH, (which is the "victim" in ALL NH criminal preosecutions...), is not represented by an attorney? but rather by a *CITY OF KEENE employee*??? In other words, the NON-LAWYER("police persecutor/prosecutor) who is representing the state, is only a city of keene authority figure??? Isn't there something *UNCONSTITUTIONAL* there??? Yes, I believe Jardis is correct about the court dropping charges. Trust me, folks, not even KPD is stupid e-nuff to send a *BEER BOTTLE* to the NH State Police CRIME LAB! HAH! And, can they tell whether or not it was "Odouls", or some other NON-ALCOHOLIC beer-like liquid? What if you let some cider "turn". Is home-made "hooch" ALSO illegal to drink in public? I'm not sure that "home-hardened cider" DOES meet the legal definition for "beer"...And NH courts are just so, so, so lookin' for bigger caseloads, so they can spend all that $$$! Merrimack Dist./Concord just announced they will be closed

Paul
Paul

Paul – as usual I am more of a skeptic, and you appear to be more of an idealist/optimist.

I'm not sure I understand our disagreement, on this particular issue. I'm really describing, more or less, the way things are now. If your buddy gets attacked, you certainly have a right to stop the attacker. No judge I can think of is going to throw you in jail for coming to your friend's defense in that case, right?

We can agree to disagree (on this small slice of the pie, while still agreeing on most everything else).

Hey, anyone who wants more freedom and less government is an ally of mine :)

Bradley Jardis
Bradley Jardis

By the way -- anyone charged with possession of an open container: plead not-guilty.

I guarantee the charges will be dropped.......... BECAUSE the state will not be able to prove that you had alcohol in the various "open containers."

The only way they would is if they sent the containers to the state lab... which I seriously doubt they did. I bet they dumped them out right in the square... or at the PD later.

If you have a trial you need only ask ONE question of the officer to get the case thrown out: "Officer, is it possible I was drinking a liquid that smells like beer out of the container that you caught me with?"

Officer: "Yes."

Reasonable doubt... case closed.

The state lab process costs thousands of dollars... for a net return of a, what, $72.00 town ordinance violation? Chances are people wouldn't pay that anyways...

theKINGofKEENE
theKINGofKEENE

DMFKM!...DMFKM!...DMFKM!...DMFKM!...DMFKM!...DMFKM!..."dmfkm"???...WTF???...Well, re-read the story above! KPD Lt. Darryl Madden has now officially elevated a lowly local blog-post into a FARKing ***MOVEMENT***!!!...The FREE KEENE MOVEMENT!...The DARRYL MADDEN FREE KEENE MOVEMENT!...So here's what *I* want to see, kiddies: Next time KPD shows up to hassle one of your little tittie-painting beer parties on the square, everybody just start chanting "D-M-,F-K-M"..."D-M, F-K-M, over & over..."D-M-F-K-M"...just like that...Gee, Darryl, *REALLY*???....the *Free Keene MOVEMENT???...what *WEREn"T* you thinking???...See how these things work???...One careless quote in the PRESS, and you have turned a blog-post site into a FREAKIN' MOVEMENT!...We love you, Darryl!...ah, the FREE KEENE MOVEMENT!...gotta love it, too...CORPORAL Meola may be O.K. as the new Chief, but he's still way down at the bottom of a very tall, steep *LEARNING CURVE*!...(I keep tellin' ya, Kenny, just grab hold of that rope I'm lettin' down for ya...sure, KPD owes me $$$, but I'm a reasonable man. You even *START* paying me what $$$ you(KPD&City, etc., )OWE ME, and I will help you TAKE CARE OF these little FREE KEENE MOVEMENT folks...

Gabe
Gabe

Paul - as usual I am more of a skeptic, and you appear to be more of an idealist/optimist. We can agree to disagree (on this small slice of the pie, while still agreeing on most everything else).

JoJo
JoJo

Grow up. Both sides.

Protestors - be ghandian and accept the punishment with non-violent stoicism. It will win many more to your cause than childish tantrums. And isn't that the real point? Change will come when the majority say, "I'm with you".

Police (and anti-free Keeners) - is this worth your time? Isn't blowing these somewhat juvenile activist mole-hills up to large-scale mountains simply validating their cause? Instead of acting as a "law enforcement" drones, perhaps being true Peace Officers is a better path. Choose the path of greatest peace for all of us. Use discretion and intelligence and act on what really threatens it.

Paul
Paul

What gives Bradley the right, as a 3rd party, to act on your behalf? Furthermore, to act in a way that violates the rights of someone else?

Anyone has the right to act in defense of an innocent person. To stop an attacker is certainly not to violate their rights, or anyone else's.

What if I, the person on whom Bradley is acting, is not aware of your association with Bradley, and therefore I consider it an unrelated attack on my liberties?

I'm talking about defense here, not restitution. If you're in the act of harming someone, you can expect anyone and everyone to stop you.

Restitution, hopefully, would be handled openly, publicly, and clearly, usually including an arbitration process, so there's no mistaking it.

Then, what if my friend (call him “Bob”) sees what’s going on, and decides to intervene on my behalf, attacking Bradley. Repeat this a few hundred times and you have what many people would call a “war”.

Again, we're talking about defense here. If your buddy Bob is helping you mug somebody, you both deserve to be stopped. I'm confident that the number of people who wish to stop muggers is greater than the number of folks who'd like to commit muggings, so I don't suspect anything near a "war" would break out.

Of course, these days, a particular gang of muggers calling themselves the "government" seems to be accepted by most people. That's probably why those in the park would not respond to the man in the blue outfit, with the same degree of force they might if it were a non-cop committing the abduction.

Gabe
Gabe

Well, in this case, I’m talking about defense. Surrounding that car was an attempt to keep the person from being taken, or at least to make it more difficult to do so — not an attempt to punish the driver after the fact.I wasn't referring to this specific situation, but a more general one. Sorry if that wasn't clear.

Certainly Bradley would have the right to defend me from an attack.What gives Bradley the right, as a 3rd party, to act on your behalf? Furthermore, to act in a way that violates the rights of someone else?

What if I, the person on whom Bradley is acting, is not aware of your association with Bradley, and therefore I consider it an unrelated attack on my liberties? Then, what if my friend (call him "Bob") sees what's going on, and decides to intervene on my behalf, attacking Bradley. Repeat this a few hundred times and you have what many people would call a "war".

Paul
Paul

So let’s say you and Bradley are friends. I perform an act that violates your rights. Does that then give Bradley the right to exact retribution against me, on your behalf?

Well, in this case, I'm talking about defense. Surrounding that car was an attempt to keep the person from being taken, or at least to make it more difficult to do so -- not an attempt to punish the driver after the fact. Certainly Bradley would have the right to defend me from an attack.

In general, I don't believe in retribution so much as restitution. So, rather attempt to "get back" at a person who harms another, I believe the perpetrator should work to undo (to whatever degree possible), the harm that has been done, and compensate the victim for harm that cannot be undone.

Gabe
Gabe

If the driver had simply been minding his own business, trying to get from point A to point B, yes, it would. Since the driver was attempting to harm others, to obstruct the car is defensive, and so not criminal, in my view.So let's say you and Bradley are friends. I perform an act that violates your rights. Does that then give Bradley the right to exact retribution against me, on your behalf?

ELKFARTbradford
ELKFARTbradford

PAUL: i don't think whoever "Judge Burkah" is, that he was saying that you said the Tiannamen Sqaure guy "stopped a tank", or whatever. i just think he was saying your putting that in was a little off-topic. And besideds the point. That's all. Gee, i didn't think Burkah knew that much about Chi-Com Military matters. Whatever. Me, i think you're maybe just a touch too sensative to potential trolls....///...JARDIS: Thqanks for the wiki-link RE:Anthony Burns. Did you see the President FRANKLIN PIERCE connection? NH's only President, and who knows what the guy did. I guess he was more interested in protecting the LEGAL SLAVE TRADE, than ending that stain on America's character. SEMPER FIDELIS MORBIDUS.

Paul
Paul

Well, it seems to me that by surrounding the cop car, they did in fact obstruct its path in a way that it was unable to get around them.

To be clear, in no way am I endorsing the behavior of the cops. However, under different circumstances it seems you agree that the rights of the driver have been infringed. Thus, wouldn’t that be considered a “crime” by your definition?

If the driver had simply been minding his own business, trying to get from point A to point B, yes, it would. Since the driver was attempting to harm others, to obstruct the car is defensive, and so not criminal, in my view.

Bradley Jardis
Bradley Jardis

We are the modern day protesters against government initiated violence against human beings.

There were people spewing hate against the protesters who stood against government violence back during the 1800s. Those same people are the same as the modern day people attacking the Free Keene/liberty movement.

I wouldn't have been one of those people supporting government violence back in the 1800s...... sadly, quite a few of the anti-FK people would have been.

Bradley Jardis
Bradley Jardis

The law, its cost, its injustice, and its violence is eloquently explained in this article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthony_Burns

The government used violence and approximately $40,000 to keep a slave enslaved... the slave who's "value" was around $900.

The government agents were "just doing their job" right?

Bradley Jardis
Bradley Jardis

To the people attacking the Free Keene-ers, and liberty activists:

I once felt precisely as you did... then I realized I advocated using violence to solve problems. I did worse than most of you: I actually was the violence.

I'm not a violent person and I bet you aren't either. You need to connect the dots here... and stop advocating/supporting violent actions.

The government, according to Thoreau, is not just a little corrupt or unjust in the course of doing its otherwise-important work, but in fact the government is primarily an agent of corruption and injustice. Because of this, it's "not too soon for honest men to rebel and revolutionize."

Gabe
Gabe

Yeah, I’d say so, as well as the rights of the owner of the property — since presumably that behavior is not permitted on his/her road.Interesting. I would love to see how this would play out, if we ever come to that point, and I happen to be a road owner. A "no blocking" rule (or lack thereof) would be interesting.

By my comment, I just meant that in this case, I did not see any obstruction of traffic – they only surrounded the cop car. Thus, despite the fact that it may have been “J-walking” according to the government, it wasn’t actually a crime.Well, it seems to me that by surrounding the cop car, they did in fact obstruct its path in a way that it was unable to get around them.

To be clear, in no way am I endorsing the behavior of the cops. However, under different circumstances it seems you agree that the rights of the driver have been infringed. Thus, wouldn't that be considered a "crime" by your definition?

Paul
Paul

Actually, Paul, this raises an interesting point. Forget the particulars and the events leading up to it, for a moment. If you are driving in your private vehicle (on a private road that you have permission to drive on, and all that other related stuff), and I obstruct your path in a way that you are unable to go around me, would you say that I am violating your property rights?

Yeah, I'd say so, as well as the rights of the owner of the property -- since presumably that behavior is not permitted on his/her road. I'd say the person (you, in this case), should make restitution for lost time, as well as any other damages incurred.

By my comment, I just meant that in this case, I did not see any obstruction of traffic - they only surrounded the cop car. Thus, despite the fact that it may have been "J-walking" according to the government, it wasn't actually a crime. I probably could have said it better :)

Paul
Paul

All of you “Free Keene” amd “Free State” people are living in a delusional fantasy world. You are only out to get what you want, and you have no concerns for what the majority of people in Keene and in New Hampshire want.

Actually, I respect what those people want - I want them to be able to live their lives and use their property as they choose, as long as they don't harm others.

What "the majority" has no right to do, is extort money from everyone else, and threaten violence against people who make personal life choices they disagree with -- or fail to jump through a bunch of arbitrary bureaucratic hoops.

We'd all easily recognize this behavior as immoral by any individual, but somehow, if the gang is big enough, people delude themselves into thinking it's magically ok.

You think that by breaking the law you are going to create chaos and take over.

Nobody wants chaos. I just want the aggressive violence to end. I want to stop having money extorted from me to blow up innocent people around the world, to fund layers upon layers of worthless bureaucracy, or to pad the pockets of goldman sachs. I want people to be able to make their own choices, as long as they don't harm others.

I certainly don't want to "take over". You're missing the point entirely. I DON'T want to run other people's lives and finances. That's what I oppose.

I have some advice for all of you. Take a shower, cut your hair, get a job and forget about all the convoluted hippie logic crap you spew.

Thanks, but I have a short haircut, I'm a professional engineer, and I'm no hippie. I even oppose pot smoking. I just don't think I have a right to threaten violence against anyone whose life doesn't conform with my personal preferences.

Without rules a free society is nothing more than chaos.

I support rules -- rules against harming other persons or property, and rules a property owner sets for the use of his/her property. What I don't support is the delusion that if some bureaucrat or politician scribbles something on a piece of paper, morality itself is changed. Apparently violence against anyone for anything, and outright theft of money and property, is all a-ok, as long as some stranger in concord says it is. It's insanity.

I just want the rules for decency, which we all obey in our daily lives, applied, and obeyed, consistently.

All of you should go back to whatever state or country you came from, we are sick and tired of all of you.

I'm a NH native. And while I don't agree with all activism, I hope more pro-freedom people come to NH :)

Here's an idea. If you're so keen on big government, and you can't stand to let your neighbors be free, why don't you move to any of the huge socialist states covering the rest of this country? If you love big government, you've got lots of options. Why choose the "Live free or die" state?

Better yet, though, stick around, and learn to stop trying to run your neighbors' lives.

Gabe
Gabe

Standing, stopping or walking in the street, I believe is a crime called J-walking.

Crimes are acts which harm another person or their property, or violate a person’s property rights. Actually, Paul, this raises an interesting point. Forget the particulars and the events leading up to it, for a moment. If you are driving in your private vehicle (on a private road that you have permission to drive on, and all that other related stuff), and I obstruct your path in a way that you are unable to go around me, would you say that I am violating your property rights?

Elvis Pudding
Elvis Pudding

All of you "Free Keene" amd "Free State" people are living in a delusional fantasy world. You are only out to get what you want, and you have no concerns for what the majority of people in Keene and in New Hampshire want. You think that by breaking the law you are going to create chaos and take over. All you are doing is making fools out of yourselves. I have some advice for all of you. Take a shower, cut your hair, get a job and forget about all the convoluted hippie logic crap you spew. Without rules a free society is nothing more than chaos. All of you should go back to whatever state or country you came from, we are sick and tired of all of you.

Paul
Paul

That guy did not, DID NOT “stop a tank”. No, he stopped the tank driver.

I agree ... where did I say different?

Now, 20+ years later, look what a bastion of freedom China has become.

With enough freedom lovers like that man, it certainly would be.

Judge Burkah
Judge Burkah

"Melanie Plenda", a.k.a. "Ein Mapled Land", was not so long ago, a hack writer for the Keene Sentinel. Where do you think she acquired such skill in twisting facts? She does know Keene, though. &Thanks, Paul, for the pointless link to the Tiananmen Square performance. That guy did not, DID NOT "stop a tank". No, he stopped the tank driver. By itself, the tank would have just ran the guy over. Don't worry. There is plenty of ground clearance under a PLA Type 59. As long as the guy stayed centered, and the tank didn't swerve, he'd of been fine. Now, 20+ years later, look what a bastion of freedom China has become. If only the "FREE/STATER/KEENERS" were 1/2 as effective, I could hold Court in the Gazebo...and take a toke or 2, or

Paul
Paul

Standing, stopping or walking in the street, I believe is a crime called J-walking.

Crimes are acts which harm another person or their property, or violate a person's property rights.

The words you or your buddies wrote down on paper don't magically make immoral behaviors moral for you. It's quite a silly delusion, actually. Suppose you wrote down that henceforth, eating a burger, drinking orange juice, or even say, being black and living in town will be "illegal"? Would you magically gain the right to assault someone, or lock them in a cage, for doing so?

The definition of right or wrong is not what some bureaucrat scribbles on a page.

Please use the sidewalks for your libertarian safety.

They seemed perfectly safe to me. They weren't in traffic, they were around the cop car.

That is all for now jackasses

So ... the person assaulting and kidnapping another person for quietly drinking a beverage is not a jackass, but the people objecting to it are. Glad we got that straight. Or is it just that you worship anyone wearing a blue costume and a piece of metal, and believe that they can do no wrong, that basic rules for decency magically don't apply to them?

Oohrah
Oohrah

Standing, stopping or walking in the street, I believe is a crime called J-walking. Please use the sidewalks for your libertarian safety.

That is all for now jackasses

Thomas Sidebottom
Thomas Sidebottom

After watching the video I personally wanted to punch Rich Paul in the face for his verbal assualt (screaming into the so called servants ear standing just 12" away)

Childish...

Paul
Paul

only wished someone would have been clipped by a passing car then you would have been busted up, and still arrested by the man!

Real nice, wishing for other people to be injured.

I am not a cop nor do I want to be one but seems straight forward you are standing in the road, blocking his car, leaning against his car to disallow him from bringing someone to jail. Seems like obstruction of justice…

How is assaulting someone, then dragging them away and throwing them in a cage, for peacefully sipping a beer on a park bench, "justice"?

They were obstructing assault and abuse.

If obstructing the government implies obstructing "justice", perhaps this guy was "obstructing justice" too? http://www.cleancutmedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2...

(note for all the logically challenged: I am not saying standing in front of a cop car on Sunday required as much courage as standing in front of a tank, nor that the KPD is as bad as the Chinese government)

If abuse is occurring, whether by government or anyone else, it absolutely should be obstructed. There are many examples of immoral laws in our history, in the resistance of which brave men and women took similar action.

Keep locking them up and they will eventually go away. Glad my tax dollars working.

Good to know you support caging neighbors you disagree with, to try to force them to leave their home. It's pretty disgusting. What would it make me, if I went around kidnapping people and locking them in my basement, because they disagreed with me?

Just because you hire others to do it for you doesn't make it better, you know. It's still monstrous.

Lumpy
Lumpy

"Author: Tom

Comment:

"Why can’t all cops be like Brad Jardis?" Hello he is not a cop anymore. Thats a poor example. "

Actually Tom, if you think about him NOT being a cop (especially for the reasons he is NOT a cop now) it makes sense. Sorry if I was unclear or whatever.

Quintine LaJune
Quintine LaJune

Haven't seen sargent move that quick since the last buy one get one free donut day at double d's

Avery White
Avery White

I am not a cop nor do I want to be one but seems straight forward you are standing in the road, blocking his car, leaning against his car to disallow him from bringing someone to jail. Seems like obstruction of justice...

Support your local PD; tell a free keener to go away! Keep locking them up and they will eventually go away. Glad my tax dollars working.

JEanpaul
JEanpaul

I agree your losing ground with these BS demonstrations. Childish, screaming, shouting, heck even running out in the roadway... only wished someone would have been clipped by a passing car then you would have been busted up, and still arrested by the man!

Judge Burkah
Judge Burkah

P.S.: YO!...Little Billy Sergant, kickin' some butt good there, little Bro!...Of course, Ian is such a SOFT TARGET, you might as well be bustin' eggs over easy, but what the heck, this is Keene, not Katmandu..They're "libertarians", not "maoists"...Sorry *I* couldn't get those geeks at Slantinel to give ya' some ink...*I* *AM* working on that...Have your people call my people...Next time, just confuse the accelerator and brake pedal...Worked for Michelle Howe...Simonds gave blondie a pass on that one...What, you want we should get you a *TOYOTA* to cruise in???....RECALL, RECALL, RECALL, (Yo, Ian, *I* can get KPD Lt. Madden to blow bagpipes at your service...He starts squeezing that goat bladder, all my short hairs start dancing, DAMN Celtic blood...Lemme know, OK???...

Judge Burkah
Judge Burkah

PUKE! Mucous Gracias for the link/photos! Truly, you do have a photographers' eye! Truly GREAT PHOTOGRAPHY! Apaches, Blackhawks, Chinooks, flowers, cats, etc., EXCELLENT!...Anyway, where were we? Oh, Yeah! Did you kids see the reference to "FREEKEENERS" at the end of the Slantinels' "Shangri-La" story, on page 3 of Mondays' Slantinel???...*I* *DID* *THAT*...BWA HA HA HA HA!!!...and *I* agree, even if *I* do say so myself...Or, even if *I* change my mind later, after *I* watch the videos...These "tactics" are losing support for whatever "free"-"whatever" you people want to call it...Keep it up...Just because *M*E*&WINKY* are both lame-ass judges, doesn't mean *I* can't do some real nasty illegal stuff to you people...Kelly Ayotte's on *M*Y* side, kids,YO!,SARAH!...

Sam A. Robrin
Sam A. Robrin

I've still got the songs--dozens of 'em!--and just need people who want to rehearse and sing them. Contact me.

Tom
Tom

"Why can’t all cops be like Brad Jardis?" Hello he is not a cop anymore. Thats a poor example.

I think the little old lady clapping and cheering is quite interesting. Your public display of amusement is only amusing to you. Therefore in due time, public frustration will probably escalate to many little old ladies cheering arrests and ultimately driving right through the square and mowing down all those "peaceful" demonstrators. Then I'm spitballing here but I would bet you will find 3/4 of the city will be praising her and lending a hand to bail her out.

When you are pissing off little old ladies, I would suggest as many others have said about shouting... that your tactics from Rich and Ian are poor at best.

Gabe
Gabe

Isn't it "3 Richmond Rd, Fitzwilliam", not "3 Fitzwilliam Road, Richmond"?

A simple trip to google maps would have cleared this up.

Luthor
Luthor

I third that. When the cops came to arrest Rosa Parks, she calmly said, "I give you my permission to arrest me." That way she remained in control. When you yell, you lose control of you reasoning and feed off of your emotions, which isn't very impressive for adults to do.

Though I would like to see Puke yelling belligerently with a flask full of water. I'll bring my decanter. :)

Paul
Paul

I agree. While yelling in response to injustice is natural reaction, often, exerting control over one's nature is the first step towards something better. To choose to react with quiet, peaceful resolve in the face of force is a powerful statement.

Shouting
Shouting

I think to be more effective there should be less shouting.

Yes I know it is tough when the cops come but when 4-5 people are shouting at the same time... it just makes for a 'mob scene'.

Again I know it is tough but the shouting when seen by the viewing public.... etc etc.

Puke
Puke

Here's a thought.

Why is drinking a beer associated with being drunk?

I could go there, have a single wine-cooler and be arrested for open-container. Why? Shouldn't being loud, obnoxious, violent, or destructive be the issue?

I should go down there and drink water out of my flask and see if I get arrested. :P

Puke
Puke

Crime streak?

More like "rule-breaking streak". No real crimes happened.

Jay
Jay

The Union Leader actually changed the article as a result of Sam's call.

LibertyShepherd
LibertyShepherd

While Brad Jardis is definitely a rare breed, he isn't the only one. I know of at least one other example and that would be Barry Cooper.

Also, I saw Ian get arrested in the video, but there isn't any mention of him in the article.

Lumpy
Lumpy

"Being bare breasted on the streets of Keene may not be illegal, but breast painting, drinking in public, blocking police cars and harassing officers is."

Ummmm, didn't the cops start the trouble? That is what I see, clearly. I could care less who does what. I can raise my children responsibly, take care of my obligations (or not, and reap that investment) not hurt anyone, etc. but the hired guns are there to cause death and destruction.

Why can't all cops be like Brad Jardis? Brad quit when he figured it out. What is wrong with the rest of them? Is Brad the ONLY courageous cop (human) ever? Why can't parents just be responsible to their own children? Parents who beg the thugs for "help" will surely and always eventually do, figure out that doing that just doesn't "help" but makes any situation worse... just saying.

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