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Florida cop arrested for refusing to remove Guy Fawkes mask in Obamacare protest

A Florida police officer who was protesting US President Obama’s newly implemented healthcare law has been arrested because he refused to take off a Guy Fawkes mask he was wearing at a demonstration.

Ericson Harrell, 39, was wearing a mask, a black cape, and holding an inverted American flag when police approached him in Plantation, Florida. Harrell told officers he was “protesting Obamacare” but the police report notes “he refused each time” when he “was asked several times to remove his mask and produce some form of identification or tell us his name” and taken into custody.

The mask is the same one popularized in the film “V for Vendetta” and then by the activist hacking collective known as Anonymous.

The police report does not mention whether other protesters were at the scene or if Harrell was holding his own individual rally. It does say Harrell was not willing to tell police who he was, “stating his anonymity was his cause, thus the mask…He stated the mask was used by movement groups around the world for protests.”

He only told responding officers “I’m a cop, I’m a cop” and was apprehended when one policeman found a .40 caliber pistol in his waistband.

Harrell, who was charged with obstruction of justice and with wearing a hood or mask on the street, was given a notice to appear in court and not jailed.

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magic words? "I'm a cop"

Too bad he fell back on his status as a member of the privileged enforcer caste in order to (try to) avoid harassment. He should rather have said, "I know the law." or similar to assert his rights.

I guess he figured he was in for the frisking, and knew when the gun was discovered he would be face-planted ASAP, so pleading "I'm a cop" was an effort to avoid broken bones.

I'm voting for Peace.


Batman, Spiderman and all the other caped crusaders.

and Flash Gordon

For speeding.

This is probably a good thing

This is probably a good thing for what it could bring. This might change one mind. And he might tell 2 friends.

Be Your Own Media!!!

Because he did it while

Because he did it while invoking protest, he cannot be touched, legally. The supreme court has said that even laws against public nudity don't apply if the nudity is a protest. In the case in question, the protest was against indecent exposure laws so it's a perfect parellel. The same rule would apply to him and the mask.

He put it on the line instead

He put it on the line instead of sucking up.

Using this logic...

shouldn't they ban Halloween?


everybody who is wearing a motorcycle helmet is breaking the law in Florida, not to mention women wearing Burka's.

In addition, the law allows those under 16 to wear a mask, but not over and that violates the equal protection clause. Usually to avoid that, it's the other way around, legal age is accepted, underage is not.

It's against the law

to wear a mask at a protest? Really? Hmmm...how bout those helmets that the riot cops wear at protest? Does that mean we can wear riot gear and mask at protest? and carry bats or batons? or tasers? or hair spray? Hmmm....would like to learn more about this.

Yes! Let's have a huge

Yes! Let's have a huge protest with 1000's of people in riot gear. Let's see the cops pepper spray us then, lol.

Don't forget the Baton's


This guy needs support..

This case wont be an us vs. them, but a right vs. wrong. This may spur mindful cops to be mindful and not just play the game.

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go and wear a mask in the court room


Another bump



For all your bumpin. :)

We should

have a mask wearing day in protest of of things like this.