16th arrest at Sabal Trail Pipeline adds more to controversy
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- 30 days ago 14 protesters at the Sabal Trail Pipeline were arrested in Gilchrist County. Saturday, two more arrests were made.
An arrest at the Sabal Trail Pipeline in Gilchrist Co. Saturday had protesters stirred up.
"This past Saturday I hosted an event, an educational caravan tour to try to educate people about the Sabal Trail," said long-time protester and tour organizer Karrie Ford.
A video shows what happened when a Gilchrist County Deputy pulled over Katherine Cavanaugh, one of the tour guides.
"KC is just in her vehicle, and she's asked by the police officer to step out of the vehicle and she asks why am I being arrested and he wouldn't really tell her anything," said Ford.
This comes just 30 days after more than a dozen protesters were arrested. Ford was one of those protesters, who said in reference to her arrest last month, "The arrests were unexpected. A lot of us were out there carrying signs and just, not even yelling or chanting or anything."
Capt. Sheryl Brown at Gilchrist County Sheriff's Office said, "From the previous arrests, there were a total of 14 ranging from trespassing, resisting by disguised person, and things along those lines."
Cavanaugh was not the only one arrested for obstructing law enforcement without violence Saturday.
FHP Troopers in Suwannee County also arrested Josh Peoples, a U.S. Navy veteran, when he walked across the street in Live Oak. According to the report, he was told not to get in the way of traffic, making him the 16th total arrest involving the Sabal Trail Pipeline.
Cavanaugh said she believes she didn't do anything wrong, but the arresting deputy wrote in this affidavit she refused to comply to his demands.
Capt. Brown said, "Ms. Cavanaugh was not cooperative with the deputy as he requested, drivers license, proof of insurance, proof of registration during a traffic stop."
The arresting deputy said, "I told her if the refusal kept going she was going to be arrested for obstruction. She continued to refuse so she was arrested."
Ford said, "The protests are going to be going on for a very long time so they should be expecting us."
"Everyone has the right to protest but I do encourage to do it lawfully," said Capt. Brown.
Both Cavanaugh and Peoples have bonded out.
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