A highway patrolman arrests an Overpass protester without warning and without cause in Gainsville, Florida during the first week of March. This is unedited video and only the first 4-5 minutes are worth watching.
From: Youtube comments:
If anyone thinks this officer acted illegally/violated Kyle Young’s God given rights protected under the Constitution, you are urged to call the Florida Highway Patrol Troop B #352.955.1960 ext. 7 from M-F 8-5, to express your feelings. The arresting officers name is Michael J. Todd, badge #2171. Thank you all for the support!
Beginning of Incident Video Transcript:
Kyle Young: How’s it going sir?
Officer Michael J. Todd: Alright. Ya’ll are gonna have to get off the overpass.
Kyle: Sorry, sir. What’s that? We’re exercising our First Amendment right.
Officer Michael J. Todd: Yes sir, you can protest (inaudible.)
Kyle: Here’s a notice. Here’s a public notice. We can protest using our First Amendment right.
Officer Michael J. Todd: Yes sir, you can.
Kyle: To hold a sign up on the overpass, a public sidewalk. Correct?
Officer Michael J. Todd: Yes sir. (Inaudible) overpass.
Kyle: Is this a public overpass?
Officer Michael J. Todd: Yes it is sir, a state bridge.
Kyle: Am I. I’m a Florida citizen.
Officer Michael J. Todd: Yes sir.
Kyle: So do I have a right to hold a sign up? That says…
Officer Michael J. Todd: (Inaudible.) [Officer radios in using codes.]
Kyle: Just to let you know this is being recorded live.
Officer Michael J. Todd: I understand that sir.
Kyle: It’s online right now. We are simply exercising our First Amendment right. Is this correct or is this incorrect?