A pro-gay marriage activist who was videotaping an anti-gay marriage rally in a Maryland public square was confronted by a high-ranking police officer and ordered to cross the street.
Lt. Derwyn Parker of the Maryland Capitol Police, as he has been identified on Youtube, threatened the videographer with arrest if he did not comply.
“Don’t make me lock you up,” Parker told the videographer who questioned why he was being ordered to leave a public area.
Parker based his actions on the fact that the videographer, Jethro Rothe-Kushel, was not part of the National Organization for Marriage, the anti-gay marriage group that had received a permit to hold a rally in front of the State House in Annapolis.
Rothe-Kushel was shooting video for NOM Tour Tracker, the pro-gay marriage group that is following NOM around the country as it tours various cities promoting its cause.
The NOM Tour Tracker is blaming NOM President Brian Brown for having the videographer removed, but the real blame lies on Officer Parker, who should know the law.
Of course this being Maryland, we should expect them to put out a warrant for Rothe-Kushel’s arrest for uploading the video that showed Parker making up the laws on the spot.