P. Barnes, Bailiff at Legal-Land in Kootenai, Idaho, Quick to Taser

As Robert Paterson bicycled in northern Idaho, he was stopped and accosted by some strangers who said he was in the wrong since he decided not to wear a helmet. Huh? Who exactly was the victim? Paterson was told to report to a set location at a given date and time to whet out the “punishment” – the court house was in Kootenai, Idaho. Shortly after he did so, he was told by P. Barnes that he couldn’t hold onto his camera. When Paterson pointed out to Barnes that such an order comes from those who have something to hide, and asked him to step-aside, Barnes tased him.

I remember when tasers first came out. They were billed as an alternative to using deadly force (a firearm). It’s clear though, with this situation and the thousands of others that could be pointed to, that tasers are used almost without exception to gain compliance.

The post Smart Ass Learns Not To Run His Mouth At The Court House on StrangeBeaver.com gives a recount of what unfolded. Click on the picture below to watch the 3-minute video embedded on that post.

P. Barnes, employee at Kootenai County court in Idaho, proves that he is a thug

After the incident, Paterson, who never should have even been ordered to legal-land, let alone have what Barnes made into a confrontation, was himself levied with additional threats. One commenter, John, had this to say:

3 counts of battery????? What? Did the prongs on the taser ricochet off him and hurt someone???? From what I see, he was the only one assaulted. He wasn’t trying to hurt anyone, the cop was. Now, which is more dangerous? I think I would rather be next to the guy that didn’t hurt someone, feel a little safer anyway. What is this country coming to, when you don’t feel safe standing next to police?

I decided to call the Kootenai County District Court. I hoped to speak with Diana Meyer the “Court Services Director” to ascertain if she stood by the actions of the bailiff this video depicts. After just a few questions, I was hung-up on. Excellent customer service.

P. Barnes (aggressed against Paterson)
P: (208) 446-1170
PO Box 9000
Coeur d’Alene
Idaho 83816-9000

Thanks to my bud William Pearson for sharing this with Cop Block.


Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability.

Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation.

In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.

  • t.

    Pete: Guy, this is OLD. This tool is a great example of “activists” not really want peace…but power. He wanted to force his wants / ideas on everyone else. He is about force and control. Nothing more.

  • Common Sense

    ha ha ha, still not as good as Ian betting blasted off his bicycle by an AARP member.

  • Wow

    Yes very old, but a classic.

    You guys should dig up the video of what his mom thinks of him. It’s even better.

  • Amigajoe

    What is this Admiralty BS I keep hearing from these so-called ‘Sovreign Citizens’? Where do they get this crap and why do they believe it?!?

  • Knows Open

    Who was he hurting not wearing a helmet?

  • steve

    he dont need any batteries for his flashlight he can charge it up himself now.

  • Joe Jackson

    when the cops point a gun or taser at you for no reason just give them your wallet, jewerly , phone etc.. drop to your knees open your mouth and wait for them to unzip and satify their huge egos.

  • just an american

    why the taser? He wasn’t armed or assaulting anyone.

  • YankeeFan

    He was attempting to enter a courtroom where cameras are prohibited. Like it or not judges can make that determination in their courtroom.

  • Common Sense

    Look up “sovereign citizen” or “freeman” – they’re touched in the head.

    They think that flag in a courtroom with a gold fringe makes it a maritime (admiralty) court. They talk of the silver/gold standard, secret numbers on a dollar bill, your Social Security number and name on a birth certificate being in BOLD face and “missing” amendments. The list goes on.

    Mostly they are just simple tax cheats who have fallen for internet legal bullshit (for $49.99), but the far extreme can be violent. I did like how the sovereigns got their legal knowledge from other “internet lawyers” and when you read their “views” there is always a disclaimer buried somewhere saying its for “informational” purposes only, not a legal guide.

    They tend to dislike city cops, hate state police and tolerate sheriff deputies, because the sheriff themselves are elected. They tend to think they are the smartest ones in the room, with some secret knowledge. When you counter what they think with some simple information, they shut down.

    I remember at one time, in the 90’s, they would “copyright” their name, including hyphens, so when they would get a speeding ticket, they would “sue” the officer for infrigement, to the point to putting a construction lein on the cop’s home, demanding payment in silver. They were all laughs until a few went to federal prison. Now, they don’t laugh so much.

    They are an interesting lot…

  • Common Sense


    This is a simple overview of the sovereign. Its not a complete read but its interesting view.

  • Let it be documented that you should probably obey the bailiffs of the court when they say put the camera down. A shame he didnt make it into the court room. I’d have loved to see his arguments and the shenanigans that came with it.

    Let it also be documented you should probably wear a helmet, too.

  • t.

    JAA: Should they have beat him instead?

  • wndrphl

    Look up jurisdictions for criminal actions within the constitution you will find the there are Two types, first is Common Law the other is Maritime or (admiralty).

    When and honest man honestly mistaken is presented with undeniable irrefutable truth he is faced with two choices. First cease being mistaken or Second, cease being honest.

  • Nina

    Pfff, he got less than what he deserved.

  • tobiasdiomead

    So much of what this bonehead spouts from his pie hole is idiotic double-speak, but the clincher is the assertion that being barred from bringing a camera into a courtroom is to cover up some wrongdoing. Did it not occur to any of the brain trust members who come up with these arguments that cameras are not allowed in the courtroom out of privacy concerns for those who face accusations while potentially innocent of the charges?
    I don’t agree with the use of the tazer as a compliance tool, but this guy deserved every volt.

  • Jeremy

    I think this author is as ignorant as the offender in question. Paterson was a legitimate jackass who was excessively non-compliant. He got what he deserved. He was given multiple chances to put away his camera and protect the privacy of other court-goers that day.

  • Guest

    Was he “quick” to taser? The title of the article is misleading, but what more can you expect from a site called “Copblock?”

  • KenPrescott

    Mr. Paterson feels that he should have the right to do whatever he wants until he injures somebody else.

    Guess what, Mr. Paterson? You’re injuring others’ rights to such things as attroney-client privilege by running your camera in a courtroom.

  • This website is awful.

  • Tim

    I really enjoyed seeing this entitled, mouthy fool get tasered. Someone like this clearly has no respect for the spirit of the law, so hides behind a pretentious awareness of the letter of it, thinking that such will protect him from the consequences of his obnoxious actions. Perhaps he’ll think twice before runninig his mouth again…

  • ghstht

    Also, this article states he was in because Paterson wasn’t wearing a helmet while riding his bicycle, but the article Eyre has linked says he was cited for riding without a headlight. If he was riding at night without lights, that’s endangering other people, not just himself. The citation was justified.

  • Noah Byrd

    Correct article title: “Another Sovereign Citizen twit gets what he deserved.”

    Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.