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This is a political issue what is your opinion where they right or wrong for doing this?

A man was at the Alaska State Fair Promoting he FREEDOM OF SPEECH....

Please watch the video copy and paste it in the address bar. Was he out of line or not?

Security assaulted this elder disabled man and arrested him for trying to give his personal peaceful opinion on what he thought was right.


Asked by agriffinmom4 at 6:42 PM on Aug. 28, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • They were the ones starting with him. He had every right to be there with his sign. They provoked him and tried to make him leave, which wasn't right.. I bet if he had a 'support obama' sign that would have never happened!!

    Answer by JuLiAnSmOmMy317 at 6:55 PM on Aug. 28, 2010

  • Causing a commotion in a public gathering (Like the State Fair) regardless of the reason can and will in most cases get you asked to leave. And if you become arguementative about being asked to live, you can and most likely will then be escorted from the premises.

    Yes we all have Freedom of Speech in this country.. However we also have rules/laws in regards to public conduct. Even when it comes to Freedom of Speech.

    Answer by pixie_trix at 6:47 PM on Aug. 28, 2010

  • He had the right to have the sign, I don't think he was causing an issue until provoked, and even then he never fought back. There was NO reason to have him on the ground like that. He at no point was a threat to anyone. Dragging him off like that it looked like someone you would expect to see in Burma or North Korea. I think it's very unfortunate that this happened.

    Answer by Kisses4Henry at 7:05 PM on Aug. 28, 2010

  • He broke no laws. Pixie, I don't know what crack you are on.... but this man was just holding a sign saying impeach Obama. He was by the rec area where people buy food. He wasn't obstructing foot traffic or anything. They had nothing to charge this man with after police arrived they declared he had a loaded weapon. Which no one saw or witnessed as the police refused anyone to film them. The beautiful part? He was not charged with having a weapon only with assault, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 7:11 PM on Aug. 28, 2010

  • I wanted to make it clear that this man obviously DID NOT have a weapon. If he had a weapon at the fair he would have been charged with Misconduct with a firearm and MIW3 which is a felony. In Alaska if you are on private property (the fairgrounds are private property) you have to have permission to have the firearm and if asked to leave and you refuse its criminal trespassing and MIW3. If this man had a gun loaded at that he would have had gun charges. But the report doesn't have any.

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 7:22 PM on Aug. 28, 2010

  • unless he actually broke a law, and i don't pretend to know the ordinance's for that area..i see nothing different in what this man did than what the idiot protesting 'singers/dancers' did in the Target video. i'm guessing not one of those 'freedom of speechers' got asked to leave or arrested?? (it wasn't on the video, anyway.)

    Answer by dullscissors at 7:32 PM on Aug. 28, 2010

  • The fair is not "public" per se. He could have done his thing outside of Fair grounds without being asked to leave. People buy a ticket to get in, the fair controls what happens at the fair.

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 7:04 PM on Aug. 28, 2010

  • oops... sorry Typo.

    That is>>>>>>>>>>>>>.

    Asked to "leave"""... not asked to live.... lol

    Answer by pixie_trix at 6:48 PM on Aug. 28, 2010

  • He had to have broken a rule of the fair to be asked to leave. And he didn't you can not obstruct foot traffic which he wasn't. Thats my point is there wasn't anything he did for them to ask him to leave. He was in the same area as all the vendors. Even if we pretend he was breaking a rule the force used wasn't necessary. The security should have called for police and waited for them to defuse the situation instead they went too far. It is just ridiculous that you have to worry about that possibly being you. It is obviously they didn't not handle situation appropriately. And plus Dean Phipps is a liberal arse hole :oP

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 7:51 PM on Aug. 28, 2010

  • One of the many stories I have read about this incident stated that there were multiple complants from fair goers regarding his behavior, true, I don't know. Did security over react probably. When one exercise their right to free speach one mustdo so with the knowledge that there can be negitive reactions.

    Answer by emptynstr at 10:31 PM on Aug. 28, 2010