Failure to Doff Hat Lands Man in Jail

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Image uploaded from a quicklink When law enforcement graduate Pete Eyre entered a Keene, New Hampshire courtroom last Monday, he didn't expect to be snatched from his chair and placed in a cage. But that's what happened. His crime? He wore a hat.

...Eyre is charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct by Keene police officer James Cemorelis under docket number 11-CR-311. But video of the incident, available on YouTube, shows Eyre sitting quietly in the unused courtroom. It also shows that while Eyre did not actively cooperate with Cemorelis and fellow officer Matt Griffin, he also did not actively resist.

"Wear a hat in court, get taken to the ground, a knee to the head, and dragged away. Welcome to the land of the free!" said spectator Ian Freeman, who witnessed the arrest.

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