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No law against topless, but ... Keene police arrest protesters [NH]
UnionLeader ^ | July 20, 2010 | MELANIE PLENDA

Posted on 07/20/2010 9:12:19 AM PDT by Daffynition

KEENE – In the streets of Keene: Bare bosoms, yes; breast painting and booze, no.

Several people were arrested Sunday shortly after 6 p.m. when a bystander reported people were drinking alcohol and taking off their clothes in Central Square downtown, police said.

Keene Police Lt. Darryl Madden said no one was arrested for nakedness, which is not illegal in Keene.

"One woman was topless ... and she was getting her breasts painted by another woman," he said. "There's no law against being naked, but you can't be lewd or lascivious. And one person groping someone's breasts and saying lewd things certainly qualifies."

Madden identified many of those arrested as members of or associates of the Free Keene and Free State movements.

Sam Dodson, an activist who attends Free Keene protests, said that it was a man painting the woman, identified as Heika Courser, 26, of 3 Fitzwilliam Road, Richmond. The man, an artist who regularly does oil paintings in the park, was drawing a pattern on Courser's breast when he was stopped by police, Dodson said.

When police arrived, they also noticed people drinking in the park and started making arrests, Madden said. As they did, the crowd started yelling at and "getting in the officers' faces," Madden said.

Police made more arrests.

The whole episode took about 15 minutes Madden said, and it's not clear how many people were in the park at the time. As police were driving away, Madden said a few people jumped on the hoods of the police cars to try to stop them.

Dodson said one person, Richard Paul, 41, of 816 Elm St., Manchester, sat on a cruiser's bumper, leaned on the grill and sat on the hood, while others stood in front of the cruisers.

"(What police said) implies they were walking on top of police cars, but that just wasn't the case," Dodson said.

Paul and Ian "Freeman" Bernard, of Keene, were both arrested as a result.

Once at the police station, two protesters were in the lobby of the station. Madden said they started drinking alcohol in the lobby, and they were ticketed.

People from the Free Keene and Free State movements have met daily in Central Square since last summer, generally to publicly smoke marijuana. In recent months, the Free Keene group has instituted "Topless Tuesdays" which also takes place in the Square, across the street from Keene Middle School and city hall.

Police have largely left the groups alone; only a handful arrests have been made for disorderly conduct over the past several months.

Dodson said Sunday's gathering was part of a new event called "night cap," with people gathering in Central Square at 11 p.m. every night to drink openly in protest of laws prohibiting open containers of alcohol. Dodson said crowds of 30 or more have been gathering, with at least one entrepreneurial activist selling beer to the other protesters at $2 a can. The night cap is an offshoot of the daily 4:20 p.m. rallies held to smoke marijuana in protest of state and federal drug laws.

Among those arrested Sunday were Jonathan Ray, 33, of 176 Church St., Keene, for having an open container of alcohol; Wesley Gilreath, 20, of 60 School St., Marlborough, for obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct; Megan Steward, 26, who is listed as homeless in Keene, for obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct; Paul, for obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct; and, Courser for open container of alcohol and resisting arrest.

Arrested at the police station were David Dixon, 30, of 43 Gurnsey St., Keene, for having an open container of alcohol. Ray, 33, was issued a second ticket for having an open container of alcohol.


TOPICS: Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: capitalism; freestateproject; livefreeordie; newhampshire; whoisjohngalt
►WARNING GRAPHIC CONTENT: Video of Sunday's protest and arrests.
1 posted on 07/20/2010 9:12:20 AM PDT by Daffynition
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Not sure how the FreeStaters are lumped into this mess ...is it just sloppy reporting or bias, who knows ....miss ya Nackey Loeb.


2 posted on 07/20/2010 9:15:03 AM PDT by Daffynition (There is no other cheese.)
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To: Daffynition

Thanks for keeping us abreast of the news of this bust.


3 posted on 07/20/2010 9:15:20 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Daffynition
?Not sure how the FreeStaters are lumped into this mess

Probably losertarians claiming to be FreeStaters.

4 posted on 07/20/2010 9:16:14 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Daffynition

“Madden identified many of those arrested as members of or associates of the Free Keene and Free State movements.”

What a bunch of boobs!


5 posted on 07/20/2010 9:16:46 AM PDT by DwFry (Baby Boomers Killed Western Civilization!)
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To: VRWCmember

Stop it, you boob!


6 posted on 07/20/2010 9:16:58 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Hang in there, baby! November's comin'...)
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To: DwFry

“What a bunch of boobs!”

Yeah, hooter thunk it?


7 posted on 07/20/2010 9:19:32 AM PDT by ZirconEncrustedTweezers (Hang in there, baby! November's comin'...)
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To: Daffynition

http://blogofbile.com/

Bad boys... bad boys... whatcha gonna do?????.......

Ah, the smell of anarchists in the morning...


8 posted on 07/20/2010 9:19:48 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (NOVEMBER-2-2010!)
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To: Daffynition

Hardly...not going to watch 26+ minutes of nuttiness just to see a boob or two ;-) I kept hoping to see Eric Cartman riding in telling those bozos to “Respect Mah Authoritah!”


9 posted on 07/20/2010 9:20:31 AM PDT by bigbob
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To: VRWCmember

Ah the mammaries.


10 posted on 07/20/2010 9:23:11 AM PDT by Vigilantcitizen
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To: Daffynition

Keene Mississippi?, or Alabama?


11 posted on 07/20/2010 9:24:52 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: centurion316

New Hampshire.


12 posted on 07/20/2010 9:26:10 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: isthisnickcool; Daffynition

So Penn Jillett is out there advocating for these assclowns. Looks like my losertarian call was spot on.


13 posted on 07/20/2010 9:26:25 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: Daffynition

OH, THE HUGE MAMMARIES!


14 posted on 07/20/2010 9:35:01 AM PDT by Question Liberal Authority (Worst. Post-Racial President. EVER.)
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To: VRWCmember
Looks as if it is the members of the **Free Keene movement**:

Arrests made after downtown incidents

By Sentinel Staff
Published: Monday, July 19, 2010
Several people affiliated with the libertarian Free Keene movement were arrested in Keene’s Central Square after police responded to a report of a group of people drinking and disrobing Sunday evening, police say.

Police were called to Central Square about 6 p.m. by a passer-by who reported seeing people drinking and taking off their clothes.

When they arrived, they found Heika Courser, 26, of Richmond drinking a beer, partially undressed, while someone painted on her breasts, according to Keene police Lt. Darryl W. Madden.

Courser was charged with having an open alcohol container and resisting arrest. Jonathan E. Ray, 33, of Keene was also issued a summons for an open container.

As Courser was being put into a police cruiser, other people from the group stood in the way of the cruiser trying to pull away, Madden said.

Wesley Gilreath, 20, of Marlborough, Megan Steward, 26, whose address is listed as homeless, Richard G. Paul, 40, of Manchester and Ian “Freeman” Bernard, 29, of Keene were charged with obstructing government administration and disorderly conduct.


Bernard was also charged with resisting arrest, and Paul was charged with common law criminal contempt in connection with a previous arrest, Madden said.

Paul and Bernard were both out on bail on previous charges and are being held at the Cheshire County jail in Keene without bail.

Gilreath and Steward, who also goes by “Meg McLain,” were released on $500 personal recognizance pending an arraignment Sept. 7. Court dates for the others were not available this morning, Madden said.

After the arrests, a group of people followed the cruisers to the police station. Ray and David Dixson, 30, of Keene were issued summonses to Keene District Court for allegedly bringing open containers of alcohol into the lobby of the station, Madden said.




15 posted on 07/20/2010 9:35:05 AM PDT by Daffynition (There is no other cheese.)
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To: VRWCmember

The problem with Penn is that he should speak as much as Teller.


16 posted on 07/20/2010 9:35:27 AM PDT by isthisnickcool (NOVEMBER-2-2010!)
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To: centurion316

See the title. ;)


17 posted on 07/20/2010 9:36:19 AM PDT by Daffynition (There is no other cheese.)
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To: trisham
New Hampshire.

Say its not so.

18 posted on 07/20/2010 9:36:51 AM PDT by centurion316
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To: Daffynition

** FREE THE BOOBIES **


19 posted on 07/20/2010 9:39:23 AM PDT by sten
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To: centurion316

They have an annual ‘naked bike ride’ in the capitol of Vermont every year...looks like the cancer is spreading into New Hampshire...


20 posted on 07/20/2010 9:39:57 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: VRWCmember

I figured they were VT hippies who lost their way and wound up in NH.


21 posted on 07/20/2010 9:40:44 AM PDT by 556x45
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To: Daffynition

“Frank, call in for a paddy wagon. Jerry, call ahead and tell them to crank up the AC at the station house.”


22 posted on 07/20/2010 9:44:02 AM PDT by tacticalogic ("Oh bother!" said Pooh, as he chambered his last round.)
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To: who knows what evil?

What cancer would that be?


23 posted on 07/20/2010 9:46:24 AM PDT by Durus (The People have abdicated our duties and anxiously hopes for just two things, "Bread and Circuses")
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To: Daffynition

This thread is worthless without pictures.


24 posted on 07/20/2010 9:55:24 AM PDT by diverteach (D.C. has become Jonestown.)
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To: centurion316

It sounds more like Vermont. :)


25 posted on 07/20/2010 9:58:06 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: isthisnickcool

Thanks for the link. I didn’t know Penn was from Greenfield.

[I was in Greenfield MA last weekend ...funny that]


26 posted on 07/20/2010 10:11:30 AM PDT by Daffynition (There is no other cheese.)
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To: trisham; centurion316; 556x45
...or Maine. ;)
27 posted on 07/20/2010 10:18:22 AM PDT by Daffynition (There is no other cheese.)
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To: Daffynition

:) Or Massachusetts.


28 posted on 07/20/2010 10:22:19 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: Daffynition

Thank you for keeping us aBreast of the situation.


29 posted on 07/20/2010 10:24:08 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: Daffynition

Thank you for keeping us aBreast of the situation.


30 posted on 07/20/2010 10:24:17 AM PDT by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: trisham
And the rest of the *fruited Plain* thinks we are Puritans. BWHAHAHA! ;)


31 posted on 07/20/2010 10:29:36 AM PDT by Daffynition (There is no other cheese.)
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To: Daffynition
"There's no law against being naked...

Didn't "indecent exposure" used to be against the law? When did that change?

32 posted on 07/20/2010 10:30:50 AM PDT by Nea Wood (Silly liberal . . . paychecks are for workers!)
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To: diverteach

I have a feeling that these people that want to run around topless have no business showing everyone their stuff.


33 posted on 07/20/2010 10:33:22 AM PDT by newnhdad (The longest of journeys begins with one step.)
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To: Daffynition
Once at the police station, two protesters were in the lobby of the station. Madden said they started drinking alcohol in the lobby, and they were ticketed.

Some people are just too dumb.

34 posted on 07/20/2010 10:33:36 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Daffynition

The Puritans were fundamentally just anti-Catholic, if I understand correctly.


35 posted on 07/20/2010 10:37:35 AM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

I am in awe. Two guys are being booked at the Police station, and they crack open a couple of BEERS?

Wow. This is a whole new level of stupid.

And funny. Insert redneck joke of choice here.


36 posted on 07/20/2010 10:39:57 AM PDT by patton (Obama has replaced "Res Publica" with "Quod licet Jovi non licet bovi.")
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To: Nea Wood

The best birth control method after 50 is “indecent exposure” or nudity.


37 posted on 07/20/2010 10:40:34 AM PDT by B4Ranch (Remember, guys, the enemy is to the left and the middle.)
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To: Nea Wood

In Maine, it’s *exposing the genitals* ... FWIW.


38 posted on 07/20/2010 11:17:53 AM PDT by Daffynition (There is no other cheese.)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

They went in to the lobby to ask who would **Hold-my-beer**??? 8-P


39 posted on 07/20/2010 11:19:43 AM PDT by Daffynition (There is no other cheese.)
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To: Daffynition

The “free staters” like their guru tend to be very free from normal and decent behavior in Keene (not all). Glad no one I know was arrested! Alot of them are hippie dippies.


40 posted on 07/20/2010 10:04:09 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Daffynition

Losertarians? I can’t understand why they don’t win every election. Clearly they are abreast of the issues.

More of them were scheduled for this event but were too stoned to attend.


41 posted on 07/20/2010 10:09:12 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Drango

When the *FreeStaters* first organized I was intrigued with their *mission* and went to one of their meetings. I didn’t *fit* in but still support [from afar] much of their agenda. Guess that makes me a *luke-warm* losertarian. Drug use is where we part company fer sure. ;)


42 posted on 07/21/2010 4:20:43 AM PDT by Daffynition (There is no other cheese.)
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To: SaraJohnson

LOL .... the unwashed.

When I go to Keene for groceries, I try to stop at *Unbridled Chocolates* for a few decadent truffles w/ Serrano Pepper with Kiwi Fruit ... at least there is something good about Keene. LOL


43 posted on 07/21/2010 4:25:37 AM PDT by Daffynition (There is no other cheese.)
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To: Daffynition

I love Keene.


44 posted on 07/21/2010 5:04:54 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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