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Pro-lifer arrested outside Planned Parenthood; police refuse to specify alleged broken law

Asher Clark on facebook (November 16): "This morning while I and some friends were preaching the gospel and pleading for the lives of the unborn at Planned Parenthood, in Aurora IL, the police …More
Asher Clark on facebook (November 16): "This morning while I and some friends were preaching the gospel and pleading for the lives of the unborn at Planned Parenthood, in Aurora IL, the police arrested one of us. Mario asked the officer to provide him with the statute he was in violation of - and the officer told him "disobeying a police officer." Both officers including a Police Sargent refused to cite for any of us the law Mario had broken.
All he was doing was standing on a public access road(legal) and exercising his free speech(legal).
I am not supportive of so-called "civil disobedience," and that is not what we were here to do. At no point was anybody obstructed from their ability to access Planned Parenthood. If asked by the Officer to comply with a cited law I would respectfully comply - as I suspect would my friend Mario.
What is happening here is a gross misuse of the authority of the Police in thuggish and bullying behavior.
Shortly after this incident, the ambulance had …More
"Both officers including a Police Sargent refused to cite for any of us the law Mario had broken."

Well, technically, they don't have to tell bystanders anything since they're just ordinary citizens. The arresting officer is going to have to file an arrest report after they're booking Mario down at the station. Mario's attorney will go over that sucker with the proverbial fine-tooth comb.

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"Both officers including a Police Sargent refused to cite for any of us the law Mario had broken."

Well, technically, they don't have to tell bystanders anything since they're just ordinary citizens. The arresting officer is going to have to file an arrest report after they're booking Mario down at the station. Mario's attorney will go over that sucker with the proverbial fine-tooth comb.

"All he was doing was standing on a public access road(legal) and exercising his free speech(legal)."

He was doing more than that. "Disobeying a police officer" is a reactive charge. For it to stick, the officer is going to have to show a.) he first issued Mario an order b.) Mario refused to comply with said order. Obviously the story Asher Clark is presenting omits that particular morsel of information.

If Officer Bob said "move along, now" and Mario tried getting all Perry Mason street-lawyer about his rights instead of doing what the nice policemant told him, well, that's why he got busted.

Granted, "disobeying a police officer" gets slapped on anyone who disobeys any order, lawful or not. Again, not an issue.

Incidentally, "standing on a public access road(legal) and exercising his free speech(legal)" can both be (not)legal under a huge number of conditions.

Standing on a road could be interepreted as "obstructing traffic" or "loitering". Likewise with certain comments. Public profanity is illegal. Screaming qualifies for "disturbing the peace". Even simply raising your voice to The Man counts as "disorderly conduct".

He can scream in your face at the top of his lungs until your face is flecked with his spit and that's legal. One reply from you above the volume level used by public librarians and that isn't. Proverbs 15:1

This is still in the early stages of the game so Mario doesn't have too much to worry about just yet. Getting arrested is not the same as getting charged which is not the same as getting convicted.

Dropping the charges happens more commonly than most people imagine, literally right up to the day of the trial. Depending on the jurisdiction and unwritten policies of the department. People are frequently arrested, charged, put through the legal process only to have the charges dropped literally at the last minute. It's a punitive tactic based on emotionally distressing and financially inconveniencing "undesirable" people.

The vid isn't working for me atm, but this is why smart protestors are buying the same kind of body-cams the police themselves carry.

If several people have the entire altercation on video from the moment Officer Bob walks over to the point where he drives off, it's a whole different ball-game.

"What is happening here is a gross misuse of the authority of the Police in thuggish and bullying behavior."

Standard operating procedure for most PDs. Your tax dollars at work, eh?
malemp
33 police truck "they" talk in signs and symbols
Too bad the cruiser's number is 331. Whoops.
Most police officers are masons.
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