Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Can you say, "Police State"?

Vermont is a nice place to live, and I feel comfortable here, the below is not typical ... I hope.

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Feathery Fracas Lands Man In Court

South Burlington Man Charged For Inciting Pillow Fight

POSTED: 12:04 pm EDT April 21, 2009
UPDATED: 5:48 pm EDT April 21, 2009

The man police say organized an impromptu pillow fight in front of a Vermont mall is being dragged into court to face charges.Darin Cassler, 21, of South Burlington, Vt., was charged Friday by city police after he allegedly incited a pillow fight at the town center on Church Street. Police said his actions warranted a disorderly conduct charge.
The feathery fracas was organized by Cassler, police say, and included about 50 participants. A video of the pillow pounding appears on several Internet sites and shows about a two-minute scrum that began and ended with a whistle being blown.Click For Facebook Post On EventNot long after the whistle sounded ending the puffy clash, Cassler can be seen in video footage of the event being taken away by a police officer.The pillow fight was organized on the social networking site Facebook, which listed the following rules:
  • Bring a pillow and a container in which to conceal it.
  • Assemble on the street as if you were loitering, do not acknowledge anyone else participating.
  • Our host will shout 'pillow fight' and we will all spontaneously break into a big miasma of feathers and pillows.
  • Soft pillows only!
  • Swing lightly, many people will be swinging at once.
  • Do not swing at people without pillows or with cameras.
  • Remove glasses beforehand!
  • The event is free and appropriate for all ages.
  • Wait until the signal to begin.
  • This event is more fun with feathers!

  • Burlington pillow fight 2009 from geoff golder on Vimeo.Some are calling the event a "flash mob," which has been described as a group that organizes online and stages odd outside performances or events before quickly dispersing.WPTZ.com continues to investigate this story and will provide more information later Tuesday.Refresh this page often or check back here at WPTZ.com for more on this story.


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