This last weekends protest went very well. The only negative aspect of it was the Cornelius Police chief. I am going to do a series of videos showing what happened.
Initially he came up to me, no uniform, no badge, no indication that he was law enforcement. (you hear me in the video say as much) He told me that he was going to "enforce the law" if I was in the street and that he "wasn't going to have another Woodburn." (this is before the camera captures the conversation) I thought that he was just John Q Citizen from the illegal alien side telling me that he would basically tackle me if I walked in the street.
Here is what happened
So after that I explained what had gone on while the chief got friendly with the illegal alien crowd.
So then he got very insistent that we had seperate "sides." I went to take a picture and when a truck turned to come down the road I moved to the sidewalk. The truck didn't have to slow down, move or deviate. And remember, we are talking about a road where most trucks get this treatment:
The police chief talking to me after that
The converstation continues with the chief saying that if I walk across the street he will charge me with "disorderly conduct and probably riot." He admits that this is "a stretch."
That's a pretty good summary. Not all the videos are hosted yet so there a few gaps and these are obviously just clips. Hopefully I will be able to get the rest up shortly.
For the record: I believe that you should always comply with law enforcement's orders. If they say "stand there" then you stand there. But if they say "stand there for 5 hours" then I start to have a problem with it. I have be successfully protesting illegal aliens all over this state with no incident. I always go mingle, strike up conversation and take close-up pictures.
My contention was that as long as I broke no laws then I should certainly be able to walk over and talk/take pictures/do a little dance if I wanted. Let me know if you think that I was out of line.
The city manager, who is the police chief's boss, commented on the protest here.
Following the email algorithm the city manager, Dave Waffle, can be reached at this email:
NOTE: several of the previous videos have been moved to good links, scroll down to see them.