Despite making no attempt to get in the judge’s good graces and even with his vulgar T-shirt display, a video someone took in the courtroom clearly shows Burns getting out of a ticket.
Burns writes on LiveLeak.com (which features videos that are uploaded by individuals) that he routinely records police. He was doing just that while police were kicking some citizens off a Florida roadside.
(They HATE that!) That is why the police do NOT videotape in Las Vegas, although they do in almost all other jurisdictions in Nevada.
‘It was public property and I was told they were only being kicked out to “ruin their fun,”’ Burns wrote on LiveLeak.
Famed US Supreme Court Justice Lewis Brandeis said sunlight is [thought] to be the best of disinfectants, but these vindictive police officers weren’t ready to be purged of the infection of arrogance, contempt and disdain for the rights of citizens that had the audacity, the brazen temerity, the unmitigated gall to record their arbitrary and capricious misdeeds.
After there was nothing left to record, Burns drove off. Police then followed him, he says, with six police cars pulling behind him when he was stopped. Burns says an officer forced him to remove a Fraternal Order of Police sticker, which the cop claimed was obstructing the numbers of his license plate.
‘I refused to answer any of his questions and advised him I would see him in court to fight it when he told me I had to take it off,’ writes Burns. The quality of audio in the court video footage makes it difficult to hear exactly what the judge rules, but Burns says he won.
‘I went to court wearing a shirt that said “F*** the Police,”’ he writes. ‘I somehow still managed to win.’
He fought the law and the law did NOT win! I am an advocate of free speech. As Voltaire said centuries ago “I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” But, why wave a red flag at a bull?
It is difficult to persuade if you offend. But now and then, the little guy wins.