A well-known Vermont businessman was handcuffed today in front of Burlington City Hall.
Police say Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Ben Cohen was arrested this afternoon. He was taken into custody after leading a public service demonstration intended to simulate the sound of the F-35 jet blast.
Lt. Matthew Sullivan explained a truck with amplifiers was pulled over multiple times throughout Burlington receiving tickets for violating the city’s noise ordinance.
“Because it was the third violation it’s disorderly conduct by noise so they were arrested,” Lt. Sullivan said. “Three protesters were arrested.”
Supporters of the demonstration such as James Leas said arresting protesters for noise proved their point about F-35 jet blasts.
“The city has just admitted that it’s illegal,harmful and dangerous,” Leas said. “So now we have the city of Burlington acknowledging that by making these arrests.”
Burlington voters will be weighing in on Tuesday on whether they support the F-35s. The warplanes are scheduled to start arriving at the Vermont Air National Guard base at Burlington International Airport in September 2019.