Police Order Man To Take Down ‘Obscene’ Sign From His Lawn Or Face Criminal Charges #Police #Order #Man #Obscene #Sign #Lawn #Face #Criminal #Charges Welcome to TmZ Blog, here is the new story we have for you today:
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An Asbury Park resident claims that he was ordered by police to take down his anti-Trump sign, or face criminal charges.
David Sander was asked by Asbury Park police to remove the sign, which showed Russian President Vladimir Putin and Trump in a suggestive *** position. He was told that the sign was obscene and that it violated the law.
“We are here to talk to you about displaying obscene material,” an officer is heard saying on his body camera.
The officers told Sander that they had taken pictures of his banners and that they had sent them to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. They added that the prosecutor had determined that the sign was obscene.
It was unclear who had filed the complaint, and who had determined that the sign was obscene. Speaking to News 12 New Jersey, the prosecutor’s office stated that the officers did contact them, but stated that the police department would handle the situation. The prosecutor offered no comment about the bodycam footage.
Sander has often displayed banners on his lawn to express his political views. In the past three years, he has displayed over 100 original banners.
“For me to stop would mean for other people out there would be afraid to do it. It would mean that the rights in this country are being eroded,” he said.
To avoid being charged with a felony, Sander allowed the officers to remove the Trump/Putin sign. He stated that his interaction with the officers was cordial, and all he wanted was to know who had made the complaint.