The Oklahoma Dept. of Public Safety was in gross dereliction of duty this past weekend, when about 1500 defiant protesters and the American Civil Liberties Union gathered in the streets and highways of Lawton, Oklahoma.
What ensued for about 2 hours was a complete shutdown of federal interstate and municipal roads. One courageous supporter of the federal govt, Tim Harper, was illegally assaulted, corralled, detained, and harassed by several conspiring participants of the seditionists.
Harper remained quiet during his interaction, only seldomly and respectfully requesting the gang surrounding him to let him move on freely. Harper is a licensed open carry citizen and he indicated that his personal firearm stayed in it's holster.
The seditionists shut down all traffic for most of the unlawful event, infuriating local residents who continually asked "Where is the law enforcement"? One local woman told news crews that emergency responders are not able to attend to crisis because of the rebellion taking place.
Democratic Socialists of America, through their OKC affiliate; were among those conspiring to take over the streets and highways near Fort Sill.
It appears that some Comanche Tribe members played an essential planning & coordination role in the event.
The seditionists continued to chant for shutting down border detention facilities, including the one being prepared at the US Army Fort Sill training base, just outside Lawton. the main entrance to the military based was shut down and police eventually shut down highway exits, as well, to accommodate the protesters.
Several crimes were committed in the events. Beside the city ordinances & federal crimes broken (which were many), the state criminal code was completely discarded and unenforced.
Harper continually asks to be left alone, but organizers tell him to leave the area because his" presence threatens them. At times Harper was joined by Adrian Otap, who was also blocked and harassed by another set of thugs.
Fox25 filed a video report.
United We Dream is an organizer of the event. Fox25 says that UWD listed the following groups as taking part in the sedition:
Dream Action Oklahoma, United We Dream, Black Lives Matter Oklahoma City, Democratic Socialists of America - Oklahoma City, Native Voice Network, Tsuru for Solidarity, Oklahoma Call for Reproductive Justice, Indigenous Environmental Network, Women’s March OK, American Indian Movement Indian Territory, NACA-Inspired Schools Network, The Majority, Workers Defense, Bend the Arc, Sunflower Community Action,Center for Popular Democracy, Sunrise Movement, The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, About Face: Veterans Against War
Count 1: Misdemeanor Blockade
Title 47. Motor Vehicles
§47-11-1001. Stopping, standing or parking outside of business or residence district - Penalties.
A. 1. Upon any highway outside of a business or residence district no person shall stop, park or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, upon the paved or main-traveled part of the highway when it is practicable to stop, park or so leave such vehicle off such part of said highway, but in every event an unobstructed width of the highway opposite a standing vehicle shall be left for the free passage of other vehicles and a clear view of such stopped vehicles shall be available from a distance of four hundred (400) feet in each direction upon such highway.
2. As used in this section and Section 11-1002 of this title, “highway” means any public road, street, or turnpike used for vehicular travel.
B. 1. The owner or operator of a vehicle or its cargo which obstructs the regular flow of traffic shall make every reasonable effort to remove the obstructing vehicle or cargo from the roadway so the regular flow of traffic is not blocked. This subsection shall not apply to collisions resulting in the injury or death of any person.
2. This subsection shall not apply to vehicles transporting “hazardous materials” as defined in paragraph 5 of Section 230.3 of this title.
3. Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to relieve any person from complying with Section 10-103 of this title.
4. a.Until January 1, 2006, any person violating this subsection may be issued a written warning of the violation.
b.Any person violating this subsection shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished as provided for in Section 17-101 of this title.
Added by Laws 1961, p. 387, § 11-1001, eff. Sept. 1, 1961. Amended by Laws 2003, c. 100, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2003; Laws 2004, c. 222, § 1, eff. Nov. 1, 2004.
Punishment: Section 17-101
C. Unless another penalty is in this title or by the laws of this state provided, every person convicted of a misdemeanor for the violation of any other provision of this title shall be punished by a fine of not less than Five Dollars ($5.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment for not more than six (6) months, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Count 2: Misdemeanor Concealment during crime
Title 21. Crimes and Punishments
OK | §21-1301. Masks and hoods - Unlawful wearing of - Exceptions.
It shall be unlawful for any person in this state to wear a mask, hood or covering, which conceals the identity of the wearer during the commission of a crime or for the purpose of coercion, intimidation or harassment;
provided, the provisions of Section 1301 et seq. of this title shall not apply to the pranks of children on Halloween, to those going to, or from, or participating in masquerade parties, to those participating in any public parade or exhibition of an educational, religious or historical character, to those participating in any meeting of any organization within any building or enclosure wholly within and under the control of said organization, and to those participating in the parades or exhibitions of minstrel troupes, circuses or other amusements or dramatic shows.
Any person, or persons, violating the provisions of this section, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than Fifty Dollars ($50.00) nor more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00), or by imprisonment in the county jail for a period of not exceeding one (1) year, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
Added by Laws 1923-24, c. 2, p. 2, § 1. Amended by Laws 2007, c. 344, § 1, eff. July 1, 2007.
Count 3: Felony Sedition & Rebellion
OKLAHOMA | §21-374.
DISPLAY OF RED FLAG OR EMBLEM OF DISLOYALTY OR ANARCHY.
Any person in this state, who shall carry or cause to be carried, or publicly display any red flag or other emblem or banner, indicating disloyalty to the Government of the United States or a belief in anarchy or other political doctrines or beliefs, whose objects are either the disruption or destruction of organized government, or the defiance of the laws of the United States or of the State of Oklahoma, shall be deemed guilty of a felony, and upon conviction shall be punished by imprisonment in the Penitentiary of the State of Oklahoma for a term not exceeding ten (10) years, or by a fine not exceeding One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) or by both such imprisonment and fine.
Added by Laws 1919, c. 83, p. 133, § 1, emerg. eff. April 2, 1919. Amended by Laws 1997, c. 133, § 178, eff. July 1, 1999; Laws 1999, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 5, § 95, eff. July 1, 1999.
NOTE: Laws 1998, 1st Ex.Sess., c. 2, § 23 amended the effective date of Laws 1997, c. 133, § 178 from July 1, 1998, to July 1, 1999.
Tim Harper is the publisher of NewsNowOKC. He published this raw video account of the 2 hours he spent in the midst of sedition activities.
Adrian Otap is also an army veteran who trained at Fort Sill. He and his family were at the scene and filed more video from his vantage point. At times Tim and Adrian convened briefly, but they attempted to provide the public with as much insight as possible.