Wednesday, the anti-war group, Code Pink, took their protest activities to a new low. While Karl Rove was attending a mortgage banker's group meeting in San Francisco, a Code Pinker decided to handcuff Karl for treason in the middle of that meeting (See Video). Even in left-wing San Francisco, her actions were nothing short of assault and, fortunately, she was arrested and taken off the stage before she could do anything. She claimed to be making a citizen's arrest.
The laws concerning citizen's arrest vary minutely from state to state. The underlining theme is that a citizen's arrest can be made only if a felony is in the process of being observed. The arrest is for detainment for questioning by an authorized law enforcement person or agency and cannot be done with injurious force.
In this case, the Code Pink person, Janine Boneparte, was committing an assault and, potentially, a battery on Mr. Rove. Being at that meeting was hardly committing "treason." She had no legal standing to make a citizen's arrest. Her actions were based on her own personal interpretation of the law and on some assumption that a felony was committed in the past. I hardly think she was in the room when, supposedly, Mr. Rove committed her assumed crime of treason. Even if she had, her only window of opportunity in making a citizen's arrest was at that time.
Trying to put handcuffs on someone with whom you simply disagree with and who has done nothing to physically harm you is assault and/or battery. Throwing a pie, or feces, urine, blood or anything else at someone is also assault and battery. Over the last eight years, we have seen, time after time, cases of this as the left has tried to silence or harass persons on the right. Until the law and law enforcement takes these actions more seriously, it won't be long before something happens that is a lot more serious than an pie being thrown. All too often, these offenders are simply detained; then, released (See Full Story). This is sending the wrong signal and setting the stage for more serious harm in the future. You want an example of a hate crime. This is it!