One of the founders of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream was arrested after repeatedly violating noise ordinances in Burlington, Vt., as part of a protest Saturday, police said.
From 11 a.m. until his arrest at 3:20 p.m., 66-year-old Bennett Cohen of Williston (better known to the world as Ben) was driving around the city giving sound demonstrations, purportedly of an F-35 jet, like one that may come to a local airport, according to Lieutenant Matthew Sullivan of Burlington police.
Sullivan said Cohen was pulling a trailer with “speakers you’d find in a club . . . probably 6 feet . . . in height” and powered by four generators.
Two other protesters were arrested with Cohen after the group ignored earlier tickets and requests from police to stop. There were three total reported incidents, and the protesters did not have a permit, Sullivan said.
“It certainly disturbed people quite a bit,” he said.
Getting ticketed. It’s either legal or it’s not, if it’s legal for the F-35 to make this noise 16 times per day, 52 wks a yr, for the next 50 yrs, it should b legal for us to do this limited demonstration of extreme jet blasts which are the subject of Item #6 on the March ballot. pic.twitter.com/vpDwsP9hdV— Ben Cohen (@YoBenCohen) March 3, 2018
Cohen also generated headlines when he was arrested during a protest with his ice cream partner, Jerry, in 2016.
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