*** BMX Rider Arrested At Skate Park ***
Brookings, Oregon -- 02/08/2007
A BMX biker who spearheaded
an effort to
allow bikers in the Brookings Skate Park was
during a demonstration there Saturday
after he refused to stop riding his
Cody Miller, 18, a Brookings-Harbor High School graduate,
was arrested, cited for criminal trespassing and released. Miller
bikers were protesting a possible city ordinance that will
make riding bikes
in the park a fineable offense.
The arrest is the latest chapter in the debate over
BMX bikes should be allowed in the skate park.
Bikers, publicly led by Miller, have said the current rule
prohibits bikes is unfair and discriminatory, and that bikes
But others disagree. The city's insurance company,
construction company that made the park, and
former Skate Park Committee
officials have supported
the rule, stating the park was built for
cannot withstand the damage bikes cause.
According to Miller, Brookings Police Officers Marvin Parker
and Donny Dotson approached the group on Saturday and Miller,
riding in the park, stopped to speak for the group.
Parker told him he would have to stop riding his bike
because the park's guidelines prohibited the use of bikes.
Miller refused and continued riding.
Parker then told Miller if he did not stop he
arrested for criminal trespassing.
"I said, Why don't you just arrest me then?'
and I turned
around and put my hands behind
my back," Miller said. "I told him, This is
love and my passion.'"
Parker arrest him, Miller said.
Efforts by the area news press to contact Parker on
Tuesday were unsuccessful. However, Brookings Police
Sgt. Mike Cooper
said Miller refused to obey an officer
of the law and was arrested after
being repeatedly warned.
"Basically, he was on city property, he was asked to
and he didn't," Cooper said, adding police have
the right and duty to enforce
rules on city property.
"I'm being discriminated against," Miller said.
shouldn't have to deal with stuff like that."
Miller said he asked City Administrative Assistant
Heffington earlier that week if he needed a
permit to demonstrate at the
park in an effort to inform
authorities of the protest. Heffington informed
did not need a permit.
Miller said he didn't remember if he specifically asked if
was acceptable to ride the bikes in the park. Heffington said
Miller only asked about a permit to demonstrate.
The draft ordinance the bikers were protesting was recently
recommended by the Brookings Parks and Recreation
Commission after a
public hearing in December.
The ordinance will be discussed and possibly approved or
by the Brookings City Council at the council's Feb. 12 meeting.
BMX biker Cody Miller is handcuffed and
taken from the Brookings
Skate Park on Saturday
Feb. 3rd, 2007 by Brookings Or. Police Officer Marvin
Parker after he refused to stop riding his bike at the