Sara Brady, known as the “Park Mom” by some, will have a hearing on July 26 with her attorney filing a motion to dismiss the case.
Brady was previously arrested at a park in Meridian during the Covid-19 lockdown in late April 2020. Brady was later charged with trespassing, to which she pleaded “not guilty.”
During her time at the park, Brady argued with a police officer who was trying to clear the playground area and told Brady to leave. The officer began counting down from five and as he was counting down, Brady turned around, put her hands behind her back, and told the officer to arrest her.
The officer did arrest Brady as she was standing in the bark of the playground. Brady never got on the equipment itself.
The city of Meridian had closed all of its park playground equipment at the time it said because of concerns over the spread of Covid-19.
City officials had taped off the playground area but the tape was taken down by citizens who had gone to the park. Brady previously said that she did not take the tape down and that by the time she had arrived at the park the tape was already down.
Idaho Dispatch spoke with Brady recently about the upcoming court date and asked her about her thoughts on the length of time it has taken to get to this point in the legal process. Here is what Brady told us,
What people need to understand is that I’m married to a police officer, and have been his entire career of 20 years. Because of this, I’m more familiar with the system and how it works than the average person. I know homicide and child abuse cases my husband has been involved in that have taken less time to be prosecuted than my case.
So, coming into this situation I thought my right to a speedy trial would cause my case to be done in six months. Now, here I am two years later, and there is no end in sight. Most of us never thought, especially in Idaho, that a bad cold would supersede our constitutional rights, but I’ve personally watched my rights being violated this entire time.Advertisement
Brady also told Idaho Dispatch she was hopeful that her case would be dismissed.
Here is what Brady said regarding the case itself and her chances of success:
My lawyers have laid out in extreme detail how the City of Meridian violated the constitutional rights of the moms and children who were at the park that day.
They have also laid out In detail how Idaho’s criminal trespass statute was never meant to be used to punish activities on public property, open to the public. One part that stuck out to me is that the attorney general’s office wrote an opinion letter back in 2018 when the new trespassing law was passed that explained how the new law didn’t apply to public property, like parks!
Part of me is hopeful the case will be dismissed, but I also have a part of me that wants to take this to trial to expose this farce for what it is. This case is only still going on because of RINO politicians like Lawrence Wasden, and Meridian city and police leadership. I hope the facts of this case can be shared to as many people as possible so they can see what parts of Idaho’s juridical system are corrupt.
Idaho Dispatch asked Brady if there was anything else she wanted to say about the case. She responded,
I regret not asking Sgt. Fiscus, who is a supervisor, why he was threatening me with arrest when I was is simply standing in an open area of the park, redressing my grievances, and protesting the closure of a playground when many other places were open.
At the time of the arrest, some citizens commented that the police and city were out of line for the arrest. Some citizens argued that the state should have dropped the case.
Other citizens said that Brady deserved to be arrested for being in an area of the park the city had shut down. Additionally, some citizens said that Brady told the officer to arrest her and that “she got what she asked for and deserved.”
Idaho Dispatch asked both attorney general candidates, Raul Labrador (R) and Steve Scanlin (D), if they believe the state should drop the case. Neither has responded to our request for comment at this time.
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