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Monday, July 10, 2006

Another Arrested Protester

This is freedom under the Bush administration:

Macomb Daily staff photo by Craig Gaffield Victor Kittila of Eastpointe was arrested in Ferndale this week after holding up a sign that asked drivers to honk if they wanted President Bush out of office.

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."


At 7/10/2006 4:01 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

"This is freedom under the Bush administration:"

Um, I know this is a stupid question -- but what the hell did the Bush Administration have to do with this?

At 7/10/2006 6:00 PM, Anonymous timmy's boyfriend said...

You obviously haven't been paying attention.tim

At 7/10/2006 9:20 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

Well you've obviously been playing very close attention. Perhaps you could fill me in on the cause and effect relationship between the Bush administration and arrests made for noise ordinance violations in Oakland.

At 7/13/2006 10:41 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim it's the subject of the sign. Do people get arrested for bumper stickers that say, "Honk if you love, Jesus?

At 7/13/2006 8:44 PM, Anonymous timmy said...

"Tim it's the subject of the sign."

Well, we don't KNOW that now, do we? In fact they've said it wasn't the reason. Just think about how much you would like some guy standing outside your house holding a sign encourging people to honk their horns. Happens for a while and you just might think of reporting it to the police. In fact; after a long day of cars honking outside your house you might even stop caring about what side of the political spectrum the old hippy happens to be on...so you call the cops and ask them to please arrest this frickin dickwad or you'll be purchasing a sniper rifle in the near future.

But....even if you're right and they arrested him for what was said on the sign -- you really gotta be living in Tinfoil Hat City to believe the White House brought anything down on this guy.


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