Our great nation offers many avenues for those aggrieved by state power to express themselves -- the ballot box, the letter to the editor, even the courts. Turning your beef into a rampage by using your eight-wheel tractor to crush seven police vehicles isn't just illegal, but sends the wrong message. No one's going to be in a mood to listen after you shut the tractor off.
Police in Burlington, Vt., say Roger Pion, 34, was upset over a month-old arrest for marijuana possession when he brought his farm implement to the Orleans County Sheriff's Department on Thursday and went nuts, crushing five cruisers and two support vehicles. Witnesses says Pion was clearly in control of the tractor, backing up and running over the cars twice just to make sure they were properly damaged. Police estimate the damages at $250,000; no one was injured in the melee, and Pion was stopped a couple of miles away, making his slow-speed getaway.
Pion is spending a few days as a guest of the Orleans County Jail, time to mull the 11 charges he now faces. The kicker: Pion had been arrested by a different police force, not Orleans County deputies. No one has ever claimed marijuana made one better at geography.