Before this article is through, we’ll touch on enough provocative scenes to make for a lukewarm sequel to Harvey Keitel’s film Bad Lieutenant. We’re talking police handcuffing grandmothers, strip-searching special-needs mothers, arresting parents at school board meetings and more. At the beginning of this article, however, is a bit of triviality. Specifically, the method by which unruly people can be thrown out of public buildings lawfully.
There is a procedure to expel citizens from public buildings, which is this: The noncomplying citizen is asked to cease an unwanted behavior—such as speaking too loudly —and if they continue the unwanted behavior, they are ordered off-premises. If the malcontent resists leaving the premises, they can be charged with trespassing. The disruptive citizen isn’t forced into the back of a police cruiser for whichever minor infraction they first committed—such as speaking too loudly—their crime is trespassing.
Two personalities to familiarize yourself with at this point—before we begin to list recent arrests that have taken place on school grounds and at school board meetings in Monroe County, New York—are the personalities of Chad Hummel and Shannon Joy. Their names will appear and reappear among the various arrests collected here. These two suburban rebels make the case convincingly that when patriots’ backs are put against the wall, it won’t be ex-military in Monroe County who act as patriots’ first line of defense. It will be the neighborhood rebel, or perhaps a descriptor more appropriate to middle-age, the neighborhood curmudgeon. I use the term “curmudgeon” in as complimentary a fashion as it can be used.
We can begin the schoolyard arrests with Chad Hummel. Hummel, being a lawyer, knew what he was walking into when he chose to attend one of his son’s high-school baseball games without a mask.