Zanesville, OH — Early Friday morning, Patrick Solomon was out for a stroll. He had committed no crime and had harmed no one when Zanesville police officer Andrews pulled in front of him to block his path.
Just prior to officer Andrews pulling up, Soloman was filming a state trooper from across the street, when he began walking home shortly after.
Solomon explains what happened next, “As I was crossing Monroe, Andrews drove his patrol car up behind me at a high rate of speed, started to turn on Monroe, while I was still crossing. He then turned toward me, diagonally, and coming to a stop right beside me and blocking the left side of Monroe. Within moments, a second patrol car pulled in behind, blocking the other side of Monroe.”
Obviously taken aback, Solomon says, “Can I help you? You’re blocking the street here.”
As Andrews begins to exit his vehicle he then says, “What’s going on man? You alright?”
Solomon just replies back saying he’s out for a walk, and nothing is going on. He then says, “Have a nice evening,” before walking away. But officer Andres noticed that Solomon did not have shoes on, and apparently in a police state, this is grounds for asking for ID, Name, and Date of Birth.
Solomon then legally refuses to provide his name and ID. Although Ohio is a Stop and Identify State, Solomon was well within his rights to not provide his name. According to Ohio State Law 2921.29, a person must only give their name if any of the following are true:
(d) Any conduct reasonably indicating that any offense identified in division (A)(2)(a) or (b) of this section or any attempt, conspiracy, or complicity described in division (A)(2)(c) of this section has been, is being, or is about to be committed.
None of the above criteria fit Solomon’s case as he had not committed a crime, and the officer had not accused him of committing a crime. But these facts did not stop officer Andrews from proceeding to violate this man’s rights.
When Solomon asks again if he is being detained, Andrews replies, “Yes you are.”
When Solomon asks why he’s being detained, Andrews answers, “Till I figure out what’s going on. It’s not normal for someone to be walking around.”
After three more attempts at getting Solomon’s name, Andrews then places him under arrest for “Failure to identify.” However, as noted above, the Failure to Identify law only applies in the presence of a crime. There was no crime. The arrest was illegal.
After realizing that he had arrested a man for a law that did not exist, Andrews then changed the charge after bringing Solomon to jail. According to Solomon, “Having nothing to charge me with, a charge of disorderly conduct was manufactured sometime after my arrest.”
The ridiculous abuse of authority in the video below is why so many Americans are fed up with police. As cops continue to put out the false narrative that there is a war on police, in reality the only “war” being waged here — is on the citizens.
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