August 7, 2008

TACOMA, Wash. — Olympia lawyer Lagrand Jones says it’s not a crime to refuse to provide identification to police.

That’s why he pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Tacoma Municipal Court to charges of trespassing and obstructing a police officer.

Jones was arrested last week during an anti-war demonstration at the Port of Tacoma where a ship was unloading Fort Lewis equipment returning from the Iraq war.

He’s accused of approaching a fence on port property July 30 and refusing to give an officer his ID.

Jones told the Tacoma News Tribune, “I don’t have to show my papers on demand. I don’t live in that kind of world.”

The judge refused a motion to dismiss the charge, and the case will continue to trial.

Information from: The News Tribune,

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