Three years have gone by since being wrongfully arrested by Las Vegas police (again). The events following my arrest were actually worse than the incident itself; and the absence of “justice” in the pursuit of “justice” has given me much to think about. Here are my reflections three years later.
Street performers who fight their “obstruction of sidewalk” cases rarely have their day in court. However, street performer Gerald Lechner had his case come before Justice of the Peace Tempore William Jansen in September 2017 and it was found that the State did not provide the evidence necessary for a conviction.
On Sunday, September 30, 2018, I was arrested for “obstructive use of sidewalk” while street performing on the Las Vegas Strip. The police took my phone. They also took my violin and my battery-powered amplifier
Brandon testifies about his experience with LVMPD as a street performer in Las Vegas. The “Police Use of Force: The Nevada Community Speaks” event was held at Unitarian Universalist Congregation on Sunday, August 18, 2019.
The police can be mean, the jails can be cruel, and the court system can be extremely unjust and unfair. If you have money and representation, you’ll be alright. If you don’t, there’s a good chance you are screwed.