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“I originally set up in the middle of the street but was told by an officer that I was going to go to jail if I kept playing and that I couldn’t play in the street,” Pittman posted on his YouTube page. “I then asked if I could just move it back to the sidewalk and the officer said yes. So I did.”

Dozens of people are seen in the video cheering for Pittman during his performance. After he was done, Neptune Beach police officers are seen in the video approaching him.

Neptune Beach Police Chief David Sembach said they let Pittman finish the national anthem “out of respect.”

“He was told he was going to have to stop playing. He went to the sidewalk and continued playing, and it was only after that the crowd was getting hostile, so the only way to stop it, since he wasn’t going to stop playing, was to take him out of the location,” Sembach told WJXT.

Sembach added that “there’s always two sides to the story.”

“They only show on YouTube what they want you to see. The whole thing was not on YouTube, and as I said, he was told the first time, ‘You could not play. It was causing a disturbance.’”

Lane Pittman says he got permission to play on the sidewalk. The police chief, who wasn’t even there, says the police told him to stop playing. the police chief also says the crowd was getting hostile because Pittman wasn’t stopping playing. The crowd wasn’t causing a disturbance. They wanted Pittman to play more music.

The police could have easily diffused the situation by asking Pittman, who had already complied once by moving, to move again as the crowd was blocking the road. Arresting him was not necessary, particularly as he was compliant to their wishes.

Caleb Rowland, Pittman’s lawyer, says he hopes that this can get resolved without any charges.

“I’ve never seen a law that says you can’t play the national anthem on a sidewalk,” he told WJXT. “Disturbing the peace could be used to cover a lot of conducts that may not necessarily be criminal. I guess we’re going to have to wait and see what the state attorney decides to do with it.”

Pittman has no previous criminal record and plays in his church’s band, as well as coach high school lacrosse. He also hopes to be the next mascot for the Jacksonville Jaguars.



When privacy advocates thought they had won in Texas in defeating the need for all 10 fingerprints for a driver’s license, the Department of Public Safety stepped in to pledge they will work towards restoring the requirement.

The Senate Transportation Committee had passed a bill in March that prohibited the DPS from the procedure, after Sen. Charles Schwertner, R- Georgetown argued that it was an invasion of privacy.

As a results, DPS returned to the old standard – a single index finger.

This week, DPS Director Steven McCraw told the Texas Public Safety Commission that the agency will continue to press for the authority to gather the biometric data.

The Department of Public Safety and those who back them say it will make Texans safe.

DPS officials said full sets are a more accurate identification tool than the thumbprints that typically accompany driver’s license applications.

It is presumed that DPS thinks everyone with a driver’s license has the same thumbprint, thus the need for nine more.

Can your fitness bracelet be used against you in a court of law? The Fitbit has already been utilized in one case in Canada. Is this an invasion of privacy?

“It turns out that a fitness tracker can do more to betray you than showing your friends and families you’re a couch potato. It can also undermine your claims about being a victim of a crime.

In March, a Florida woman traveled to Lancaster, Pennsylvania where she stayed at her boss’s home, reports ABC 27. On a Tuesday, police were called to the home where they found overturned furniture, a knife and a bottle of vodka, according to Lancaster Online. Jeannine Risley told police she’d been sleeping and that she was woken up around midnight and sexually assaulted by a “man in his 30s, wearing boots.” However, Risley was wearing her Fitbit band at the time. She initially said that the Fitbit had been lost in the struggle, but police found it in a hallway and when they downloaded its activity, the device became a witness against her.

According to ABC 27, Risley handed the username and password for her Fitbit account over to police. What they found contradicted her account of what happened that night.

More at Fusion.


President Obama is poised for one of the biggest victories of his second term after the Senate voted Tuesday to advance legislation enhancing his trade powers.

The Senate’s 60-37 vote sets the stage for passage on Wednesday of the trade-promotion authority (TPA) bill, or fast-track, which House GOP leaders ushered through the lower chamber last week. If the Senate approves the measure, as expected, it heads to the White House for Obama’s signature.

After the vote, liberal trade opponents on and off Capitol Hill acknowledged fast-track is all but certain to become law, throwing in the towel after a months-long legislative brawl that saw Obama siding with GOP leaders against his own Democratic base.

More at The Hill.


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