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, http://www.thenewstribune.com