On July 4th last year, 22 year old Lane Pittman from Jacksonville played the ever living shit out of the Star-Spangled Banner for a crowd of around 200. People were singing along and when it all ended, they demanded an encore (obviously). Neptune Beach Police showed up and detained him, stating that he could have ‘incited a riot.’
-“Pittman said the officers told him they wanted to charge him with inciting a riot and take him to jail to keep him overnight, but they didn’t have the resources to take him Downtown.
“That blows my mind, because it was peaceful up until the time they arrested me,” Pittman said.
Attorney Caleb Rowland is representing Pittman.
“I’ve never seen a law that says you can’t play the national anthem on a sidewalk,” Rowland said. “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 criminal record. He plays in his church’s band, is a high school lacrosse coach and is well-known in the beaches community. Pittman said he is hoping to be the next Jaxson de Ville.”
This case is still going on, he turned down a plea deal that he was offered, because he feels that being super american and awesome is not a crime. Here’s what he had to say
“UPDATE: just got out of court and they have decided to push back the situation to ANOTHER court date on Aug. 27th. During the time in between this, the State Attorney will decide to either file this or not. They gave me a diversion deal to where I could do a bunch of community service and the arrest goes away and I said no. To me, that is admitting guilt. I would be admitting a guilt that is nonexistent. Thank you everyone for the prayers and support! Praying God is glorified through all of this no matter what the outcome is!!”
We here at TheMeninisms are pulling for you, super american bro. We hope you continue to shred the hell out of the Star-Spangled Banner and give a giant middle finger to anyone who finds this offensive.