In a display of justice on the campus of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, a young woman was arrested after stealing a sign from a pro-life group.
A video uploaded to YouTube by Created Equal shows a girl running away with one of the group’s signs, before she is stopped by a police officer.
“Did you steal their sign?” the officer asked the girl.
“I just moved it,” she replied.
“Well, you took it,” the officer said.
The officer asked why she “ripped the sign out of his hands,” referring to the pro-life activist. She gave complained that she did not like the sign because it “restricts women’s rights.” She tried to walk away, but the officer quickly told her she was being detained.
“Detained for what?” she asked.
“Larceny,” the officer replied. “You stole his sign.”
When she said she only moved it fifty yards, the officer replied with a lesson in property rights.
“I don’t care if you moved it one foot,” he said. “You don’t have the right to take someone else’s property. Okay? Period. I don’t care what the circumstance is. You don’t have a right to take anyone’s property. He was holding it, therefore it was his, and you took it. I know you may not agree with what’s being said, but you don’t have a right to take someone’s property.”
The woman pleaded with the officer when she realized that she was in serious trouble, complaining that the officers were protecting pro-lifers.
“Do you see us being subjected to this shit?” she said.
Again, the police officer took her to school, this time explaining the First Amendment.
“Well this is a public display, okay?” he said. “They have a right to be here. If you don’t like their speech you can go away. You don’t have to watch it. You don’t have to be here, okay? You can ignore them. If you ignore them, that takes away their power. It’s just that simple.”
After another plea about abortion access in North Carolina, she was finally arrested.
“I cannot believe this is happening,” she said, as though she was exempt from the law. “Is there something else I can do?”
“No,” the officer replied. “I just told you you’re under arrest. I cannot un-arrest you.”
In the end, justice was served.
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