Ben and Jerry’s co-founder Ben Cohen was arrested Saturday in downtown Burlington, Vermont, for violating the city’s noise ordinances while holding a “public demonstration” about F-35 fighter planes.
Activists are opposed to the impending base of the Air Force F-35s in Burlington. The protestors played jet noises from speakers mounted on the back of a pickup truck at the decibel level that they say simulates what it would be like to be underneath the flight path of the planes. Cohen was one of three people arrested for disorderly conduct. He was escorted from a downtown intersection in handcuffs.
Burlington’s noise ordinances say that tickets should be issued for the first two violations and allow for an arrest on the third. Sullivan said police were able to obtain witness statements about the first two incidents and witnessed the third personally.
Cohen was issued a citation to appear in court and was released Saturday afternoon.