I read about this guy sometime in the summer. Looks like he's gaining a following. No doubt the video of him demanding a cop provide ID has done much for him in that regard.
Here's one post about that:
Gavin Seim, Activist, Pulls Over Cop Driving In Unmarked Car In Washington, Demands ID
The Huffington Post | By Ed Mazza
10/19/2014 11:54 pm EDT Updated:
10/20/2014 1:59 am EDT
"I'm not going to write you up today," Seim says. "What I am going to encourage you to do is take this car back."
When the officer starts to smile, Seim holds firm: "I could call a sheriff out here and demand that you be written up for this because you are in open violation of Washington State RCWs."
The exchange remains polite throughout, and ends with one final table-turner as Seim sends the cop off with a "you be safe out there" in the edited clip. (Seim has also posted the unedited exchange here.)
Here's the law Seim is referring to:
"It is unlawful for any public officer having charge of any vehicle owned or controlled by any county, city, town, or public body in this state other than the state of Washington and used in public business to operate the same upon the public highways of this state unless and until there shall be displayed upon such automobile or other motor vehicle in letters of contrasting color not less than one and one-quarter inches in height in a conspicuous place on the right and left sides thereof, the name of such county, city, town, or other public body, together with the name of the department or office upon the business of which the said vehicle is used."
the rest, including the video:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/1 ... 12328.html
A follow up to that in the Seattle Times:
Ephrata man’s video of encounter with cop gains millions of views
A 29-year-old Ephrata man is gaining lots of views, but not necessarily friends, for his YouTube videos of confrontations with authorities in patrol cars and at roadside inspection stations.
It wasn’t the taciturn, irritated reaction that Seim has gotten in other encounters he has had with authorities — for example, at a New Mexico checkpoint about 100 miles from the Mexican border; or at a California highway pest-control station.
In New Mexico, he was asked for his ID, which Seim explains in that video is illegal without cause.
In the California confrontation, titled, “Seim Refusing Fruit Nazi Checkpoint & Driving Away,” he tells a woman pest-control officer that he won’t consent to have his vehicle searched for bugs.
“Oh, really,” the woman snaps back. “I don’t consent to being filmed.”
Seim then says, “That’s OK. You’re a public servant so we can film you.”
His wife, Sondra, is doing the taping on a smartphone. Their three young children are with them.
In both the New Mexico and California videos, peeved-looking officers eventually let the family go through without Seim having to show ID or consent to a car search.
But not answering questions about pests at an agricultural checkpoint?
“At what point are we willing to give up our rights ... if government can pull us off the to the side of the road and stop us and question us and detain us, when we’ve committed no crime?” Seim says on the video.
As for how his children react at seeing Daddy confronting officers, Seim says, “The kids are surprisingly engaged ... our kids understand far more than people expect them to understand.”
Seim’s activism is well known in this county of only 92,000.
A bunch more here:
http://seattletimes.com/html/localnews/ ... eoxml.html
Anyhoo, with that success, Gavin has moved on to attempting to fill the shoes of the Flat Cap. His first big rally is December 13, 2014:
Saturday, December 13
at 11:00am in PST
Washington State Capitol
Olympia, Washington 98501
Pass the word. WE STAND!
Will you bow down and lick the boots of tyrants, or will you stand for the liberty of your children? I am Gavin Seim and I for one WILL NOT COMPLY!
Event Website/Flyer: http://callmegav.com/ral/
FB Page: https://www.facebook.com/boldliberty
Question & Answer: http://callmegav.com/rallyqa
Organizer/Media: Gavin Seim, email@example.com
We're not waiting for politicians, judges or lawyers. Our birthright is NOT to be touched. We call on our Sheriffs, local representatives and legislators to stand with us and uphold their oaths.The Constitution is the supreme law and our God given rights are NOT open for negotiation. We choose to uphold the law as peacefully and principled as possible, but it will be upheld.
We will buy and sell guns from whom we please, we will not submit to background checks, we will not give up our rights, WE WILL NOT Comply.
We will rally at the capital, openly exchange guns, unveil and plan to break apart the legislation and violate i594 in every possible way. Because ALL law that violates the Constitution is not law, it is VOID!
This is being organized by the Gavin Seim for Liberty and Anthony Bosworth For Sheriff and many great volunteers from across the State. Please show up.
Related up coming events:
Event to arrange a carpool to this rally:
We Will Not Comply Rally in Spokane, Dec 20th.
Educational LINKS: (I'm breaing the links so they don't just turn into videos here. mimi)
The 2nd Explained: h ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOwy9OWfnAM
The Stand Video1: h ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eimUHl8rbts
2A History Facts: h ttp://callmegav.com/2014/01/2nd-amendment-history-guns-quotes-shall-not-infringe/v
Here's the main info & video for the big event:
Pass the word. WE STAND!
On Nov 4th 2014 a new gun law was passed in Washington that will make as much as handing a friend your gun a felony. We will not tolerate this law and I am going to do what I said I would do in my video.
Will you bow down and lick the boots of tyrants, or will you stand for the liberty of your children?
We’re not waiting for politicians, judges or lawyers. Our birthright is NOT to be touched. We call on our Sheriffs, local representatives and legislators to stand with us and uphold their oaths. The Constitution is the supreme law and our God given rights are NOT open for negotiation. We choose to uphold the law as peacefully and principled as possible, but it will be upheld.
We will buy and sell guns from whom we please, we will not submit to background checks, we will not give up our rights, WE WILL NOT Comply.On Dec 13th we will hold our first rally at the capital, openly exchange guns, unveil and plan to break apart the entire legislation and violate i594 in every possible way. Because ALL law that violates the Constitution is not law, it is VOID!
This is our time Washington. Lets show the world how liberty is done.
He doesn't have a permit for the rally.
This from SPLC:
Seim says that his fellow rally-goers will violate the law flagrantly at the rally: “It’s not hard since the law is so ridiculous. Hand a gun to a friend, buy a gun, sell a gun. You are welcome to do all of these things as you please.”
However, Washington State Patrol officials made clear that nothing planned for the event would be in itself illegal or provoke an arrest. “We don’t see handing a weapon to someone else as a violation of the law,” a spokesman said. “We don’t see that as a transfer.”
Seim has another problem with his rally: He didn’t obtain a permit for it, and another pro-gun group is planning a rally for the same day. The state official in charge of issuing the permits wrote back to Seim and explained that the conflict precluded his plans: “The place that you have indicated in the below map is taken by another group on this particular day and during the time you are interested in holding a rally. The group that reserved the space submitted a completed application with a specific location request.”
Seim responded defiantly: “First let’s be clear. We are not asking for your ‘authorization’ and we’re not ‘applying’ to the State. We are allowing them the opportunity to work with us. I did in fact clearly inform you we would be gathering on the main lawn right from the start and there was no doubt about where I meant. What I have outlined is what we ARE doing. … We informed you of the plan out of courtesy. You can work with us, or you can play games.”
In the meantime, Seim has continued planning his event by rallying his troops with stirring appeals. “We stand for peace,” he wrote in a recent post. “But we will tear down this tyranny and if I must die for liberty, I will do it with principle and pride, counting myself among the lucky few who were there to see liberty finally stand.”
MORE of that here:
http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2014/11/2 ... more-18280
Some older articles:
Seim may face charges in courthouse confrontation
Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 9:00 am | Updated: 10:34 am, Thu Jun 5, 2014.
By Joe Utter,
Herald staff writer | 7 comments
http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/news ... f887a.html
Boise sergeant who confronted videographer disciplined
Internal investigation concludes Sgt. Lori Sperry didn’t live up to BPD’s professional standards.
By JOHN SOWELL
firstname.lastname@example.orgDecember 24, 2013
http://www.idahostatesman.com/2013/12/2 ... onted.html
There's a bunch more links, but you get the gist.