Royal Oaks, MI – A young man was recently attacked by court officers after attempting to pay a parking fee of $10. After the court refused to accept his payment they allegedly asked him to leave, and on security camera footage you can see him turn to walk away just before he is attacked. The video shows the guards grabbing him and choking him out, then slamming him to the ground. The attack knocked the man unconscious, and when he awoke moments later he had found that he soiled himself.
To add insult to injury, the victim, Anthony Sevy, was then charged with Disturbing the Peace and assault, and while the assault charge was dropped, he was forced to plead no contest to the other charge, fearing that it would be his only chance of escaping a 2 year prison sentence for assaulting a court officer.
Now, Sevy plans on filing a lawsuit against Royal Oak and the guards involved.
“He wasn’t happy about [the fee] so, in symbolic protest, he brought back penny rolls to pay for his ticket. The clerk wasn’t too happy about that, they refused to allow him to pay with penny rolls. As he was leaving the courthouse with his back to the officer, the court officer began to choke him out, grabbing him, brought him to the ground. Mr. Sevy passed out and defecated himself,” his attorney Jonathan Marco said.
“I don’t think anyone paying in penny rolls, whether it’s a preferred thing to do for a court clerk, warrants this type of this assaultive behavior and violation of constitutional rights. I think the more profound and long-lasting injury is the psychological injuries he’s suffering as a result of this. He’s supposed to be in a safe place. I don’t think that in everyday course of business, we poop our pants or go around defecating ourselves,” Marco added.
It was not just the $10 or the principle of the parking ticket that had Sevy mad enough to go to the courthouse with pennies, it was also the fact that he would have been charged $1.75 to pay the fee online with a credit card, essentially tacking another 20% onto his fee.
Royal Oaks is fairly notorious for their predatory revenue collection schemes in regards to parking fees and fines. Back in 2012, there was a huge local debate when Royal Oaks took advantage of a new state law that allowed them to revoke the driver’s license of anyone with 3 or more unpaid parking tickets. It was widely reported that this change could bring in nearly a million dollars in additional revenue each year. Prior to that, the city issued roughly 100,000 tickets each year, raking in millions.
“Our downtown parking system does generate about $2.15 million in revenue per year for the general fund; in turn, about 70 percent of that fund pays for police and fire, including paramedics. If you want to avoid getting a ticket, then just check out the map on the city website and park in one of our three structures for a flat fee,” City Commissioner Jim Rasor told The Patch at the time of the controversy.
Over the years it has become a popular form of peaceful protest to walk into a courthouse and pay a ridiculous fee in pennies. However, as the trend has become more popular, frustrated authoritarians have begun using the only tool they know or understand, violence. Earlier this year, police were called on a veteran attempting to pay a ticket in pennies.
As The Free Thought Project has stated before, “police need you to break traffic laws” because writing tickets and receiving funds from doing so is a considerable revenue generator for police departments. It’s how police states maintain their control over the citizenry.
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A lesson in the rewards of secondhand shopping.
As the planet is increasingly swathed in textile waste and laboring under the strain of fashion industry pollution, a few of us at TreeHugger keep preaching about resisting the temptation of fast fashion. Two of the best tactics are buying quality garments that will last and/or buying secondhand pieces of clothing. The beauty of secondhand clothing is that it keeps a garment out of the rubbish stream while also preventing the waste and pollution associated with creating a new item.
And then there’s another wonderful perk of shopping secondhand: You might find secret treasures!
This is what happened to Talia Rappa and Skyler Ashworth, two college students who were shopping at a Salvation Army thrift shop that was going out of business in Titusville, Florida. Beneath a pile of sweaters, Rappa stumbled upon a set of six NASA flight suits.
“They were kind of in a weird corner,” Rappa told News 6. “He [Skylar] pulled them all out at first, then brought the whole handful over to me.”
“It just blows my mind,” Ashworth said, “It [a plastic bin holding the suits] was under two other big totes, I moved them off to the side and I’m digging through a whole bunch of sweaters and stuff, and I found the white one with the patch just kind of laying there.”
News 6/Video screen capture
The five blue NASA flight suits, along with a white “control suit,” were priced at 20 cents each.
Experts at the American Space Museum say that the astronauts’ names and flight dates on the labels indicate they belonged to astronauts George “Pinky” Nelson, Robert A. Parker, and Charles D. Walker; they date from the early 1980s.
The lucky hunters plan to sell the suits at a special auction conducted by the American Space Museum, tentatively set for November 4. The museum says they could bring in $5,000 each … or even more. Some of the proceeds will be donated to the museum, while the rest will go towards the pair’s college tuition.
That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for two college kids shopping for secondhand clothes.
News 6 reports on the story below.
One of only six proof pennies in Australia worth $1 million. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
One of Australia’s most expensive coins has been placed on show in Brisbane alongside a unique bank note dating back to 1824 with a connection to the river city.
The 1930 proof penny was the first Australian coin to crack the million-dollar value mark in 2011.
Proof pennies are early samples of a coin issue, and often have special dies with either a mirror-like or matt finish.
The penny had that rags-to-riches story overnight.
There are six such pennies still in existence housed at the British Museum, the Art Gallery of South Australia, and the Victorian Museum while the other three are in private hands in Sydney and Melbourne.
Melbourne-based dealer Belinda Downie transported the coin to Brisbane, escorted by a bodyguard ahead of the Brisbane Coin, Banknote and Stamp show held at the weekend.
“There is a lot of romance and mystery associated with the coin. No-one knows how it was struck or why it was struck for circulation,” she told 612 ABC Brisbane’s Rebecca Levingston.
“It wasn’t discovered until the 1940s and it was minted during the midst of the depression.
“The penny had that rags-to-riches story overnight.”
Ms Downie said this particular coin was the property of a Melbourne client who allowed it to be exhibited to the public.
“He [the coin owner] is a lover of history and his ancestors go back to the First Fleet,” she said.
“When you spend a million dollars on something you are looking at the investment side of it and I think he will hold onto it [the coin] for a mid to long-term investment in the industry.
“It really is the exclusivity of the piece, with only six known.”
Coin dealer Belinda Downie holding the rare proof penny in Brisbane. (612 ABC Brisbane: Jessica Hinchliffe)
Brisbane’s banknote connection
A little known banknote issued by the Bank of New South Wales during the governorship of Sir Thomas Brisbane was also on show.
The rare piece, which has been used and is the only one in private hands, shows decimal currency on a banknote issued in 1824.
“The city of Brisbane was named after Sir Thomas Brisbane who was the Governor of the penal colony till 1825,” said Ms Downie.
“He decided in 1822 to take the colony off Sterling, the British currency standard, and introduced decimal currency.”
Ms Downie said the $20 note shows decimal currency was first used by Sir Brisbane in 1822, well before it was officially introduced to Australia in 1966.