Michigan man arrested for talking too much at township board meeting

March 19, 2014
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A Michigan man was arrested recently after he allegedly refused to stop talking at a Bridgeport Township board meeting.

According to various reports, 59-year-old Mark Adams was arraigned last week in Saginaw District Court and slammed with a felony charge of resisting and obstructing a police officer, as well as with a misdemeanor count of disturbing the peace– this is, apparently, all because the gent exceeded his 3 minute speaking time limit and ignored warnings of officers who asked him to call it quits.

The resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer charge carries a maximum penalty of two years behind bars. Adams is slated to have a preliminary hearing next week.

Here’s some footage of Adams’ “wordy” speech and of his subsequent arrest, captured by YouTuber Carla Citizen.

  • nobsartist

    He should file a lawsuit in civil court against each board member and the cop.

  • Hank

    On what grounds? Many communities have time limits for public comment which have been upheld by the courts. If the chair of the meeting asks you to stop talking you must do so – that’s the law. Usually the police will ask the person to sit quietly or leave. If the individual refuses the officer will usually ask them to come with them. If that doesn’t work the person usually gets arrested and we know what happens if they resist. It looks like the District Court agrees that this is the law.

  • nobsartist

    It is probably not codified law to begin with and it does infringe on a few of his Constitutional rights. Such as, I don’t remember seeing anything in the Constitution or Bill of Rights regarding time limits on freedom of speech. Also, I don’t believe that being charged with felonies is the proper punishment for this “offense”. I would hire a good law firm and sue every one involved as individuals in civil court and then federal court.

  • C

    nobody in the room saw anything wrong with that?

  • C

    they needed 3 cops

  • C

    what country is this in?

  • Trexinmichigan

    Sounds like the guy needs a lawyer and a therapist.

  • Hank

    The courts have upheld the right of governmental bodies to limit the amount of time people can speak during public comment. He resisted arrest which most of us know is against the law. He was disorderly and had to be removed from the meeting. The original offense was not a felony but his actions after that were felonies. I doubt you could get a “good” law firm to take your case.