Luke Lamb admits that he's kind of a wise-ass. Heck, he's the same guy who chanted "Run! Run! Run! Run!" at an off-duty cop in 2011 whom he had filmed drinking before driving away in a patrol car. (That incident caused the St. Louis County Police to change its alcohol policy.)
So what's Lamb been up to? The first interesting news is that he's now an elected member of the Greene County Board. The second is that on Saturday he talked his way out of getting arrested by Illinois State Police for hanging a giant banner over an overpass. The banner urged motorists to "Impeach Obama Now," "Fly Congress The Bird," and to "Repeal Mark Kirk."
Lamb tells Daily RFT that he purposely chose an overpass near the Ashland/Alexander exit on I-72 because it had very little traffic. He had hoped to avoid the kind of police attention similar protests have attracted in the past. In August two anti-Obama protesters were arrested during an overpass demonstration near I-70 in St. Charles. Police justified the arrests at the time by insisting the signs were distracting drivers and causing accidents. Ultimately, no charges were filed.
Lamb arrived at the overpass at 1 p.m., and at 2:45 an Illinois state trooper crashed the protest party. The trooper requested that Lamb take his sign and get off the bridge. Lamb refused. The trooper asked for his name. Lamb refused, and asked the trooper to show him the statute that says hanging a sign over an overpass is a crime. The trooper called for backup.
Still sassing, Lamb asked the trooper: "What's he going to do? Violate my rights too?"
Here's the first part of Lamb's video:
See also: Hilarious Video of Speeder Trying to Bust Cop for Drinking & Driving The video shows Lamb trying to start some conversation as they waited for the backup to arrive, but most of that dialogue ended in Lamb badgering the trooper about the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and soforth. And always with the backtalk:
"You have a chance to be a hero right now and you're not doing it," Lamb said. When he was later asked what name he wanted to be addressed by, Lamb replied: "Ron Paul."
Once the backup arrived, though, Lamb told Daily RFT that he resigned himself to the fact that he was going to be arrested.
But then a third Illinois state trooper showed up. This one, however, was a grizzled-looking sergeant who matter-of-factly told Lamb to make sure the sign didn't fall off the overpass and to not impede traffic. And that was that.
From the video, it appears the sergeant was not pleased with how the other two troopers handled the situation. Not pleased at all.
Here's the video of Lamb being let off the hook:
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