Gary Snow, a provocateur who came to Jacksonville during the height of the 2016 campaign and continued his ad
vocacy for Donald Trump after the election, was arrested in Bradenton for protest antics on Monday.
Snow, reports Jenna Bourne of Action News Jax (via the Bradenton Herald), was charged with “misdemeanor riot,” after police interfered in a scuffle between Snow and another gentleman, one occasioned by Snow burning an “antifa” flag.
Snow’s provocations at anti-Trump rallies went from media curiosity to public safety crisis earlier this year, with his trolling of a rally in Hemming Park leading to a melee that saw five local progressives booked for various charges … with Snow escaping such booking.
The weeks after led to a public relations crisis for Jacksonville Sheriff Mike Williams, who pinpointed Snow as a “catalyst” of the problems in Hemming Park.
Ultimately, the path of least resistance was chosen by 4th Circuit State Attorney Melissa Nelson to resolve the situation, with those who were arrested getting charges dropped or misdemeanor plea deals.
“We have declined to pursue criminal charges against Mr. Snow because we have concluded that his speech and actions were protected by the First Amendment,” Nelson said at the time.
Apparently, whatever line Snow didn’t cross in Jacksonville was crossed in Bradenton at the Confederate monument protest and counterprotest.
Going forward, as similar theater comes to other cities in the Southeast, there may be other venues for a reprise of Snow’s familiar act.