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Impeach Obama Protester Charged for Flying Flags On Overpass

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A college student in New York is heading to court after being arrested for exercising his First Amendment on a Long Island overpass.

The student, 21-year-old Danny Martins, was displaying an American, Gadsden and Infowars flag as well as two Obama impeachment banners when several Nassau County police officers approached.

“It’s called reckless endangerment, you know that, right?” the unidentified officer said.

Despite Martins being present on the overpass every Friday since Sept. 2013 without issue, the officer claimed that the mere possibility of an accident trumped his right to protest.

Attempting to compromise, Martins offered to hold his banners instead of having them attached to the overpass fence. Instead, the officers chose to arrest him.

“The officer told me he was calling his sergeant to double check everything and that I would be able to speak to him when he arrived,” Martins said. “He arrived and they immediately took me. No talk, nothing.”

Martins was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct and second degree criminal nuisance.

“They wanted to set and example and stop me,” Martins said. “I told them I wouldn’t leave the overpass because I had every right to be there.”

Martins and his attorney Thomas Liotti held a press conference Tuesday, announcing that Martins, who plead not guilty to all charges, would be fighting the attack against his First Amendment in court.

“Independence Day from 1776 is all about expressing your grievances and petitioning the government and having a right of freedom of expression under the First Amendment of the United States Constitution,” Liotti said.

Speaking with Long Island News 12, the Nassau District Attorney’s Office reiterated the officer’s claims, adding that an investigation was underway.

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