Another Arrested Protester
This is freedom under the Bush administration:
After their usual protest last week, the group was leaving and heading toward a local ice cream store when a Ferndale patrol car pulled up.
"(He) motioned me to come to the car," Kittila said. "He said 'You've been warned about that sign,' and I said 'Yes, we were, but I changed it.'"
Kittila said the officer grabbed the sign, while he was still trying to get him to read it.
"I didn't immediately let it go," Kittila said. "He said 'You're under arrest and if you resist I'll Taser you ... I let go and managed to hand over bumper stickers and fliers and stuff. He grabbed me and put my hands behind my back and threatened to Taser me a second time. I didn't offer any kind of resistance."
Kittila was booked and held in a cell for about an hour until his wife delivered $500 to bail him out. Disorderly conduct is a misdemeanor with a possible penalty of a $500 fine and/or 90 days in jail.
Kittila doesn't think he'll do any more hard time in the city usually known for its liberal, broad-minded ways.
"The back-up officer yelled the 'The 60s are over, let it go'," Kittila said. "I didn't respond, I didn't respond to any of that stuff."