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Florida Man Arrested For Protesting Red Light Camera

Florida Man Arrested For Protesting Red Light Camera

Just for the record. We hand out Ban the Cams fliers once a month in Apopka, FL. This was our third month. As usual I was handing out fliers to the cars that stop for the red light, then get out of the roadway. The Policeman drove up to me got out of his patrol car and demanded my ID. I said I do not have one on me. He then demanded my name and birth date? I said I did not have to give him that unless I am being arrested. He did not tell me I was being arrested therefore I did not give him my name. We argued for a few minutes then he said I was being arrested, I said what for, he did not answer. He cuffed me, put me in the back of the squad car and took me to jail. At jail I told them who I was and they booked me for "Resisting Arrest Without Violence", but I was not being arrested for anything, Florida Statute 843.02. Officer Cambell then wrote then wrote me a citation for Hindering Traffic FS 316.2045, a $65. dollar mail in ticket. My issue is that the Red Light Cameras are all about the money, they do not make the streets safer. Alternative is just increases the yellow lights of increases the time form red to green. The bigger issue is that we have the wright to peacefully protest and petition our own government. Our government is killing us and I am going to peacefully fight back. see: facebook/We Are Mark Schmidter

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Funny story

I had to do a show in California. I flew their and happened to notice a red light camera. They are no where to be found in NJ. At least where I live. But when I saw it, i started dancing like a fool around it. It lit up and I walked away... nothing happened.

I think the best way to

I think the best way to protest these damn things is to simply start removing them. Cut them down, disable them. Make it so damn expensive for them to maintain that they are forced to stop.

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you for your activism and taking the risk to help us all. Red light cams are extremely dangerous and there are many others in Florida that are angry about it too.

Looks like you made the news:


Looks like http://www.banthecams.org/ is down right now....bad time for that to happen.

Sen. Jeff Brandes, R-St. Petersburg, filed a bill (SB 144) aimed at turning off red-light cameras that have popped up at intersections across the state.

This is info from the National Motorists Association

Map of cams, clearly this is out of control

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Ya know your absolutely right

Ya know your absolutely right about the yellow lights. Down here they are ridiculously short and before you have time to react their red. So so many people end up running red lights even if they are good drivers.

If I were you personally I would consider either taking it into court and fighting it or going into court and asking for jail time instead of paying.

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That sounds like FALSE ARREST which is ILLEGAL.

A police officer can't arrest you for no charge and take you in and charge you with "resisting arrest without violence".

To make an arrest a police officer needs PROBABLE CAUSE, which means they must witness something that would make a reasonable person believe you are committing or committed a CRIME.

If you are being arrested ask "what crime do you suspect me of?". If a police officer arrests you when they know you're innocent of a criminal charge it is FALSE ARREST. That is ILLEGAL.

You can sue the crap out of them and maybe get them jail time. Do you have video? Things wouldn't have happened that way if you knew your rights and were video recording.

Also, after you said you had no ID on you, you should have just said "I don't answer questions." Your 5th Amendment right gives you the right to say nothing.

Also about Identity issues

read this:


In particular:

So when can police ask for ID?

Carrying an ID is generally required if you’re driving a vehicle or a passenger on a commercial airline. These requirements have been upheld on the slippery premise that individuals who prefer not to carry ID can choose not to drive or fly.

From here, ID laws only get more complicated. In Hiibel v. Sixth Judicial District Court of Nevada, the Supreme Court upheld state laws requiring citizens to reveal their identity when officers have reasonable suspicion to believe criminal activity may be taking place. Commonly known as “stop-and-identify” statutes, these laws permit police to arrest criminal suspects who refuse to identify themselves.

As of 2012, 24 states had stop-and-identify laws. Regardless of your state’s law, keep in mind that police can never compel you to identify yourself without reasonable suspicion to believe you’re involved in illegal activity.

Wow, accomplished so much

Wow, accomplished so much

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He did

fucking accomplish a a lot. He educated some people and displayed the fact that some people are angry enough to publicly protest which grows movements. What a stupid comment, I expect more from the people here.

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How does one resist arrest

How does one resist arrest without violence? Did the english language change in a way I'm unaware of?

That's Like Disorderly Conduct

a law designed to 'create-a-criminal' by making a non-objective crime for which there is no defense.

You say (totally peacefully) "Stop attempting to arrest or detain me, you have no probable cause. I don't consent to being arrested." and possibly walk away. BOOM - resisting arrest without violence - instant criminal.

It's what the law does when you are doing something they don't want you to do, that's not a crime by any other objective definition.

In fact when I challenged a judge to explain what disorderly conduct was, she referred me to my lawyer for the definition - which is a BS answer on it's face; then of course he was unable to do so, either.

Hey, you gotta pay to

Hey, you gotta pay to exercise your 2A rights so why not the 1A too?

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BTW if there was a crosswalk where you were handing out flyers, you can't be impeding traffic.

I have seen many a firemen with boots collecting money at traffic intersections.

Folks in Florida should shut down all highways

in protest.

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I boycott the businesses inside "the gauntlet"

I often drive through the "Apopka Gauntlet", a series of 5 or 6 red light cameras along a 5 mile stretch that are clearly toll gates for deriving revenue from the drivers who use this stretch of road.

My personal protest takes the form of a complete boycott of all businesses in the area of the red light cameras.

I've driven this route for many years and noticed that the yellow duration was shortened whenever a red light camera was added to an intersection.

At least one of the RLC intersections has a "unique" configuration. The intersections are not at right angles and the white painted limit lines are placed somewhat back from the corners. At these intersections, the flashes go off constantly as people with red lights pass the painted lines but still stop well short of the intersection.

None of the intersections carry high speed traffic. They are all 45 mph or less and some roads have 25 mph speed limits.

Everyone we know has gotten at least one RLC bill. Those who try to fight them through the courts end up paying double or triple. You might as well walk into city hall and ask the government officials to give you money out of their pockets as attempt to force removal of RLC via a democrat process, but if a significant number of drivers would buy nothing inside the gauntlet, we would see immediate action.

I bet you boycott businesses

I bet you boycott businesses that make too much money too don't you comrade? stand with rand!

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You assume much

What's with the "comrade" slur?

My actions are completely consistent with an AnCap POV. I simply do that which, along with others doing the same thing, will produce real, positive change in the world.

Voting with my dollars is much more effective than the pre-selected choices offered in a voting booth. When business owners in the gauntlet realize their lower profits are a result of the city government's RLC revenue generators, they will apply much more pressure to city government than a group of unhappy drivers.


Great job!

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