Man Arrested for Playing Star Spangled Banner on 4th of July Was Given a Plea Deal and Told Court to Pound Sand (VIDEO OF 4TH GUITAR JAM INCLUDED)
Guitar player Lane Pittman plugged in an amplifier, broke out the guitar and let it rip to celebrate Independence. He initially planned to play in the street in front of a friends home, but police told him he had to move to the sidewalk. He moved and immediately began jamming the Star Spangled Banner.
Unfortunately, moving to the sidewalk wasnt enough. Police arrested Pittman and he has since been caught up in the courts over the patriotic incident.
Heres video of the jam.
Pittman was arrested for breaching the peace. Law enforcement claims it wasnt because of the song, but was because about 200 people gathered around during the song, spilling into the streets and causing a potential traffic hazard.
But heres the thing. The video clearly shows Pittman played the song, then ripped out a few quick chords and immediately packed up his things. Its not like he was going to be doing this for hours on end. He played the Star Spangled Banner and moved on.
This is where law enforcement gets frustrating for so many Americans. There seems to be a complete void of common sense. Because common sense would dictate that yes, traffic could have been blocked for a couple of minutes, but it happened because people wanted to celebrate freedom and it was going to end when the song was over.
Did Pittman really need to be arrested and charged over it? Are there not more serious issues law enforcement should be addressing? And what kind of message does it send when freedom loving Americans are arrested for a brief celebration of liberty on the birthday of America?
Pittman gave an update to his fans on Facebook.
UPDATE: just got out of court and they have decided to push back the situation to ANOTHER court date on Aug. 27th. During the time in between this, the State Attorney will decide to either file this or not. They gave me a diversion deal to where I could do a bunch of community service and the arrest goes away and I said no. To me, that is admitting guilt. I would be admitting a guilt that is nonexistent. Thank you everyone for the prayers and support! Praying God is glorified through all of this no matter what the outcome is!!
Good for you, dude. Good for you.