MILLVILLE, NJ — A retired schoolteacher is facing felony charges for owning an 18th century relic firearm in the state of New Jersey.
ST. GEORGE, UT — A Halloween-themed private event was targeted by police when there was a suspicion of dancing without a permit.
UNION, NY — A central New York town has instituted jail time as a penalty for a wide variety of menial violations of the town’s extensive pet control laws.
Free speech is under attack as the federal government attempts to require permits for photography taken on land controlled by the U.S. Forest Service.
BECKLEY, WV — Prohibitionists are boasting about arresting a number of people for harvesting ginseng plants before the government-sanctioned “ginseng season” had officially begun.
ORLANDO, FL — Deputies and state regulators performed systematic and aggressive raids on Orlando-area barbershops, roughing up innocent staff and handcuffing them on the floor, in an effort to check if the barbers had acquired government permission to legally cut hair.
LOUISVILLE, KY — Police performed a surprise raid on a popular dive bar, detained dozens of people and forced them all to endure warrantless searches before being allowed to leave.
INDIANA — A number of Hoosiers are facing charges and potential jail-time for merely possessing ginseng plants without government permission.
LAKEWOOD, NJ — An impoverished man learned the true nature of government as he watched tearfully as bureaucrats demolished his ramshackle home in the woods. He was bothering no one except the government.
BLOOMINGTON, IN — State beverage cops showed up at a retirement community to demand that residents not be served alcoholic beverages, even while on private property that they call home.
SPANISH FORK, UT — Music lovers enjoying a rave party went from dancing one minute to being tackled by masked, militarized cops the next. Helicopter spotlights illuminated the property as men with guns and barking dogs frightened fans and shut down the party.
MINNEAPOLIS, MN — Gubernatorial candidate Chris Holbrook was arrested for exercising his 1st Amendment rights while in a public park. He and some supporters were peacefully gathering signatures to achieve ballot access — a fundamental political freedom — but police insisted that he needed a permit and placed him in shackles.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL — A charitable couple that devotes weekly time to feeding the homeless and hungry have been slapped with matching $375 fines as recognition for their acts of kindness. The town and county are deploying police to forcefully stop and punish people who privately feed the homeless because it reduces the need for government-run social services.
YORKTOWN, VA — A county zoning board’s politically-motivated rezoning efforts are endangering local aqua-farmers in their ability to use their own property to raise crops and produce food. Just minutes from the spot where American revolutionaries accepted the surrender of the British in 1781, one American oyster farmer is now forced to fight to keep the imperiled “right to farm.”
SULPHUR, LA — Witnesses dispute an officer’s version of events after a dog was shot in the top of the head in a parking lot. The owner says that the cop fought back a smile after shooting his friendly, tail-wagging dog for no discernible reason — while it was tied up on a leash.
BUNKERVILLE, NV — A veteran cattle rancher is being besieged by the federal government in a dispute over land rights. The rancher’s family has been using the sprawling desert plains of Nevada for cattle grazing for generations, but the federal government claims that in doing so, he is trespassing — on public land. In an effort to stop him at all costs, they have deployed helicopters, heavy machinery, dozens of federal agents armed with tasers and sniper rifles, and loads of bad attitude.
BIRMINGHAM, AL — Homeless people will have to go hungry if the government has its way in Birmingham. Without expensive permits and abiding by onerous regulations, simple acts of charity are prohibited, and police are standing ready to enforce these restrictions.
HOLYOKE, MA — When a sick woman neglected to pay a $5 fee to license her pet dog, a warrant was issued for her arrest. Police came to her home, shackled her in handcuffs, and put her into a cage.
ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Outrage has ignited over a helmet-cam video of officers fatally confronting a homeless man at his primitive campsite in the foothills. Video shows the man standing by his meager possessions, surrounded by rifle-toting officers who were citing him for illegally camping without government permission. Officers ultimately tossed a concussion grenade in his face, sicced an attack dog on him, and shot him to death with a flurry of gunfire.
SAN DIEGO, CA — Dancers at a gentlemen’s club felt harassed and uncomfortable when the establishment was raided by nearly a dozen police officers who demanded to take pictures of the women and examine their bodies and permits.