Montana Resident Tries To Visit Cooke City, MT…Police Stop Him, Issue Citation

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Montana Governor Steve Bullock has locked down the Montana side gates of Yellowstone Park, in spite of the fact that the Department of Interior has opened the park. One of those entrances is along Highway 212, which connects Cooke City to Red Lodge. Travelers must go through that northern gate at Gardiner in order to reach Cooke City. When a Montana resident was on his way to Cooke City, law enforcement followed him, stopped him, detained him, and gave him a citation.

“With reasonable men I will reason; with humane men, I will plead; but to tyrants I will give no quarter, nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.” William Lloyd Garrison (1805-1879)

 

According to the Montana Free Press,

Cooke City is accessible only through Yellowstone National Park during the winter. Yellowstone closed to the public on March 24 at the request of public health officials in neighboring counties. Earlier this month, the road to Cody, Wyoming, was plowed and people traveling from Wyoming can now access Cooke City. The Beartooth Highway, which connects Cooke City to Red Lodge, is not yet open. Montana still has a two-week quarantine in place for non-essential travelers, including residents.

The Free Press stated that the Park County Deputy in Tyler Vance’s video was responding to a call for assistance after Vance didn’t pull over for rangers.

The Montana Gazette reported,

“Whereas Yellowstone National Park has been opened up, only the entrances on the Wyoming side are open to travelers. Governor Bullock, insistent on protecting Montanan from economic recovery, has kept the entrances to the park on the Montana side shut. One of the many problems with this draconian government overreach is that his decision is closing off travel to Cooke City altogether, as the only option to approach the city from Montana (as opposed to coming through Cody, Wyoming) is through the Montana entrance of Yellowstone Park.

On Friday, Tyler Vance – a concrete worker from Montana – attempted to make his way to Cooke City when he was immediately followed, pulled over, questioned, and harassed by law enforcement for traveling through the area. Vance kept his calm and spoke repeatedly to the officers of tyranny and questioned their resolve to obey the Constitution. His appeals to the law were largely ignored by the officers who were intent on inhibiting his travel.”

The officer involved was not interested in Vance’s treatise about the Constitution, but he should have been. The oath of ALL law enforcement officers, state-city-federal,  is NOT to the governors or officials, but to the Constitutions of both the Federal and State governments. When that oath is ignored, as is occurring around the country, the citizens suffer. There are numerous officers refusing to enforce illegal orders, which is great – but many of them are losing their jobs.

When Vance confronted the officer about the Constitution, he responded: “I agree that certain things need to change, but I don’t make the rules.”

That was a “copout” – no pun intended. That old “just following orders” excuse has caused a lot of death over the centuries. It is possible that the officer was afraid of losing his job. And of course, giving someone a ticket or arresting them is different than executing them on the spot or shoving them into ovens.

The officer ultimately had Vance put his hands behind his back and detained him. Vance’s choice: accept the misdemeanor citation and go back to where he came from, or go to jail. He chose to leave without reaching his destination.

Cooke City in trouble

The other problem here isn’t just Tyler Vance’s run-in with law enforcement. It’s Cooke City – population of around 140, that needs the tourism that people bring to the town. It may be set to become the modern equivalent of a “ghost town” since the governor says they can’t reopen until June 1.

“Why can’t Montanan’s come through that park. There is no reason. They can travel anywhere in this whole state, but they can’t come through that park.” Leo Gaertner 

It is unclear why the Governor has locked Yellowstone down so hard. There is no Covid-19 in Cooke City, as far as anyone can determine. Of course since you can’t go there to check…

Featured photo: screenshot via video

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  • Tom
    Reply

    People need to realize that if you receive a misdemeanor ticket, you can demand a jury trial. The jury pool is comprised of the local citizens… citizens who are many of the very ones lining up to patronize these devastated businesses.

    If every cited person demands a jury trial, the courts will be forced to fill their calendar with jury trials – months or years ahead… and those trials must be held within the constitutionally required time frame, which the courts will not be able to comply with.

    Furthermore, the courts will be inundated just trying to bring in enough jurors to Voir Dire. Then, trying to seat impartial jurors who have not been personally affected in some negative way, will be another impossibility.

    And if a jury is seated for your trial, you only need one person to decide in your favor.

    I suspect courts that try to seat the hundreds or thousands of impartial, potential jurors needed to possibly decide in favor of the government violating the constitutional rights of law abiding citizens, will quickly realize its impossibility and immediately drop all charges.

  • Cynthia Johnson
    Reply

    I agree that anyone who is issued an illegal and unconstitutional citation should fight it and insist on a trial by jury. Also contact the US department of justice if you feel your rights are violated

  • Buzz tuell
    Reply

    That really pisses me off that that ass hole Bullock demarcat can close that one toad into Cookee city. Just remember this at election time. Vote him out. He is no good for Montana. Aught to get a caravan of Montana resident to geather and run the gate at Gardner. All get arrested and do a jury trial Then see what the media says ? Buzz

  • 3DogMike
    Reply

    One would hope that there is a decent lawyer, versed in Constitutional Law, that would take this case either Pro Bono or contingency fee. Shove this one up the Governor and his Law Enforcement poodles derriers…..
    – 3Dog Mike

  • 3DogMike
    Reply

    One would hope that there is a decent lawyer, versed in Constitutional Law, that would take this case either Pro Bono or contingency fee. Shove this one up the Governor and his Law Enforcement poodles derrière…..
    – 3Dog Mike

  • Donna Nordquist Calvert
    Reply

    As I understand it, since my family has been in Cooke City since the 1930’s . Cooke City, Montana is older than Yellowstone Park. The residents are permitted to go through the North Gate Gardner, and the Northeast Gate Cooke City. Year around, gates are not to be closed for residents. However, I do not know if that policy has been changed.

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