Wednesday, November 15, 2006

BREITBART.COM - Maine Activist Cited for Bin Laden Stunt

BREITBART.COM - Maine Activist Cited for Bin Laden Stunt:

"A Democratic activist who was arrested after he was spotted on a highway overpass dressed as Osama bin Laden on Halloween faces additional charges for the stunt.

Tom Connolly was charged Wednesday with terrorizing and reckless conduct, in addition to the original charge of criminal threatening, prosecutor Stephanie Anderson said. All three charges are misdemeanors.

'Halloween or not, in this day and age you do not get to dress as an international terrorist and wave what appears to be an AK-47 at rush hour traffic,' Anderson said.

Police responded to calls from motorists on Interstate 295 about a man on an overpass wearing a white robe and carrying a fake assault rifle. The costume included a rubber mask, plastic dynamite and grenades, in addition to the toy assault rifle. Before he was arrested, Connolly walked toward officers as plastic grenades tumbled onto the ground, an officer said.

Anderson said Connolly created an 'incredibly dangerous' situation for motorists, for police _ and for himself. 'He's lucky he didn't get shot,' she said.

Anderson said Connolly created an 'incredibly dangerous' situation for motorists, for police _ and for himself. 'He's lucky he didn't get shot,' she said.

Connolly's lawyer, Daniel Knight, said Wednesday there was no mistaking Connolly for a terrorist on Halloween.

'His protest involved a plastic squirt gun that was not used in any menacing manner whatsoever while Tom was in a costume on Halloween,' Knight said."

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