Albany County Sheriff’s Deputy Stan Lenic understands the Constitution, and his stand on its behalf has made him an overnight Internet sensation.
Lenic was called in to the Albany (N.Y.) International Airport last week to resolve a growing confrontation between the airport’s PR hack Doug Myers and a couple of activists handing out flyers informing airline passengers of their right to opt out of the airport’s naked body scanners. Myers tried to get them to stop handing out flyers and videotaping their activities.
Myers made the two move to a new location then accused them of blocking traffic while standing where he told them to stand. In an obvious intimidation tactic, Myers demanded their identification — even though videographer Jason Bermas gave Myers his name several times — and told Lenic to get their IDs and, with a wink, said to give their information to him. Lenic told Myers the two did not have to produce IDs.
“Obviously this is your Constitutional right, okay?” Lenic told Ashley Jessica and Jason Bermas. “As far as you’re concerned, you’re not breaking any laws. That’s what I want to get across to you guys.”
After Bermas posted the video to YouTube, it went viral. The Albany County Sheriff’s Department began getting calls and emails from across the Nation commending Lenic’s actions in defense of the 1st Amendment. A Facebook page for Lenic was up within hours.
Lenic got it right and deserves all the accolades he receives for his actions.
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