Ben Cohen, the co-founder of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, was arrested on Saturday at a demonstration protesting a Vermont Air National Guard proposal to base F-35 fighter planes at Burlington International Airport.
Police say Cohen was one of three activists arrested for disorderly conduct after they violated noise ordinances. They set up a tower of speakers and played loud jet noises to demonstrate what it will sound like to live under the flight path of the F-35 jets. Cohen was issued a citation and released.
It's not the first time Cohen has been arrested. He and his ice cream partner, Jerry Greenfield, were collared at a demonstration in Washington, DC in 2016. (Burlington Free Press)
- Police received complaints about the noise, which Cohen said was exactly the point.
- Burlington residents will have an opportunity to vote on whether or not city officials should oppose the plan to base the fighter jets there.
- Hopefully this new arrest will inspire some new Ben & Jerry's flavors. Perhaps, Busted Brownie Batter; Custody Custard Cream; or Incarcerated Crunch.
- America's constitution protects peaceful protest.