Seattle good samaritan Daniel Gehlke is going to the mat to defend his right to free speech. Cops ticketed him for warning traffic of the police speed trap


“Freedom of speech cannot be infringed upon,” said Daniel Gehlke, who made the handmade sign that reads, “Cops Ahead! Stop at sign and light!” on a plastic container lid.

“It’s not freedom of speech when it’s against the law,” the officer responds.

“I’m Officer Elliott. I’m a Seattle police officer and I’m letting you know now that’s against the law,” said an officer during the dealings that were captured on cell phone video that was uploaded to Gehlke’s personal Facebook profile and YouTube page.

When Gehlke asked about the specific law that he was breaking, the officer said he was defying city municipal code 11.50.560 which refers to, “forbidden signs and devices.”

The municipal code prohibits “any structure sign, light or device that…bears any such words as ‘danger’,’ stop’, ‘slow’, ‘turn’, ‘impound’, or similar words, figures or directions…”

Gehlke told KOMO News he is going to fight the $138 ticket and he believes the content of his sign, not the language he used, made him a target for the police.



It takes the cop 5 and a 1/2 minutes to write the ticket. He, or his fellow officers, felt it needed 3 more cops to make sure this was a safe thing to do



Cops, always pissy about the stupid shit, unless they are caught beating someone up. They always find excuses why their behavior is beyond reproach, and justified, but think some asshole spokesman can explain away why "might be distracted" is not a load of bullshit. Get a job slappy.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/seattle-mans-homemade-speed-trap-warning-sign-earns/story?id=31970993
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Seattle good samaritan Daniel Gehlke is going to the mat to defend his right to free speech. Cops ticketed him for warning traffic of the police speed trap
Seattle good samaritan Daniel Gehlke is going to the mat to defend his right to free speech. Cops ticketed him for warning traffic of the police speed trap
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