All Charges dropped for arrest at “Impeach Obama Rally” in Gainesville, FL

“I want to thank you for looking into the injustice that happened to me on the overpass in Gainesville, FL. This is an issue that is bigger than me. American citizens all over the U.S. are having their rights violated by Peace Officers every day for filming them or peacefully assembling and protesting. These are God given rights, not rights granted by the government. We have to assert our rights & fight back with the courts to show that this kind of behavior by all Law Enforcement Officers will NOT be tolerated by Americans anymore. We have to shame these acts publicly and shift things back toward Constitutional law & order. We need to unite around the Constitution & Bill of Rights, NOT around political parties,” wrote Kyle Young, Alachua County Oath Keeper Chapter Founder and Leader, in an email to supporters.

In his email Young laid out what actually happened. It is provided to our readers and Floridians for their information and protection against unlawful arrest in Florida. Young states, “I was also NEVER read my Miranda rights by ANY officer while in custody.”

FACTS:

A Florida Highway Patrol officer decided to arrest me on Sunday, March 9th, 2014 for exercising my First Amendment right on a public sidewalk in Gainesville, FL on the overpass over I-75 & HWY 222. The protest was organized around the premise of a peaceful assembly & a redress of grievances with the U.S. federal government for President Obama’s impeachment for usurping the Constitution countless times, which I summed up to the arresting officer. All three of us protesting were ordered to leave the public sidewalk on the overpass by the arresting officer. The signs posted on the highway were painted yellow, with black letters, which read in this order, “HONK 2 IMPEACH OBAMA” “2 END TYRANNY” “CALL CONGRESS NOW”

Most Important Part of Incident Video Transcript (from 0:00-2:24):

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?
Officer Michael J. Todd: (Inaudible.)
Kyle: I’m trying to express my First Amendment rights. To exercise holding a sign in a peaceful protest.
Officer Michael J. Todd: (Inaudible…) yes or no?
Kyle: No. I am not going to refuse to leave.
Officer Michael J. Todd: You are under arrest. You are under arrest.
Kyle: I am not, I am not. I am not doing anything illegal right now.
Officer Michael J. Todd: Yes you are. You are under arrest.
Kyle: I am not doing anything wrong sir.
Officer Michael J. Todd: He is under arrest.
Kyle: For what? What have I violated?
Officer Michael J. Todd: [Officer radios in using codes.]
Kyle: What have I violated?
Officer Michael J. Todd: I got several others up here. [Officer speaks into radio.]
Kyle: I have not violated anything wrong. Sir, I have not done anything wrong. What have I done wrong?
Officer Michael J. Todd: Okay.
Kyle: I’m not doing anything wrong. What am I doing wrong?
Officer Michael J. Todd: You are under arrest.
[Officer screams at Carolyn Smith]: Get back! Over there!
Carolyn: What has he done wrong?
Kyle: What have I done wrong sir? What am I being arrested for?
Officer Michael J. Todd: I told you to exit (inaudible) the overpass.
Kyle: I said that I am not going to refuse to cooperate. I’m leaving. I’m leaving the overpass.
Officer Michael J. Todd: Do you have any weapons on you?
Kyle: I do have a knife in my pocket. I have a wallet. Excuse me, you have no right to search me. Stop searching me. You have no right to search me. What am I being arrested for? What have I done wrong?
Officer Michael J. Todd: Failing to obey a lawful order.
Kyle: I said I would leave the overpass. Do not touch me. Quit touching me. This is all live right now.
Officer Michael J. Todd: I would hope so. Because mine is recorded also.
Kyle: Excellent. I will be getting that data & I will be personally suing you. So if you would stop, it would go a lot better.
Officer Michael J. Todd: Yes sir.
Carolyn Smith: What did he do?
Kyle: I have done nothing wrong.
Officer Michael J. Todd: (Inaudible.)
Kyle: Stop touching me. Stop touching me. Stop making me hurt. You are bruising my wrist. And its hurting my circulation right now.
Officer Michael J. Todd: Yes sir.
Kyle: Why are you doing that?
Officer Michael J. Todd: Because you are under arrest.
Kyle: For what? What have I done wrong?

In the end, I was charged with the following:
Charge #1
316.072.3
PUBLIC ORDER CRIMES: FAIL TO OBEY POLICE OR FIRE DEPARTMENT

Charge #2
810.11
TRESPASSING: PLACE SIGNS ADJACENT TO HIGHWAY

Charge #3
843.02
RESIST OFFICER: OBSTRUCT WO VIOLENCE

First Amendment: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Video documenting arrest linked below:

[youtube]http://youtu.be/z773IOcYlVU[/youtube]

 

Young asks, “If anyone thinks this officer acted illegally/violated Kyle Young’s God given rights protected under the Constitution, just as they are for all Americans, then you are urged to call the Florida Highway Patrol Troop B at (352) 955-1960 to express your thoughts. The arresting officers name is Michael J. Todd Badge #2171.”

CIVIL LAWSUIT FUND INFORMATION, IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION IN SUPPORT OF KYLE YOUNG:

Go to PayPal.com, click “SEND” at the top left of page, enter my email (KyleYoung510@Gmail.com), enter donation amount, enter currency (i.e. USD), check the box for “This is to friends or family,” pick form of payment, finally submit payment. If there is an excess of donations that can’t be used for the case, then a partial or full refund will be issued when possible. Thank you for any contribution you can make in the fight for freedom!

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