WAUWATOSA, Wis (WSAU) A state probation-and-parole agent has been fined $166 for blowing his car horn each evening as he drove past Governor Scott Walker’s house in Wauwatosa.
36-year-old Azael Brodhead demanded a court trial on a citation for unnecessarily sounding his horn. Circuit Judge Mary Kuhnmuench found him guilty last week.
A state trooper cited him in late April. Brodhead claimed he was exercising his First Amendment rights when he drove by Walker’s house after work each night, blew his horn a number of times, gave a one-finger salute, and shouted “Recall Walker.” Brodhead told the trooper he was upset about Walker’s effort to virtually eliminate his union’s collective bargaining privileges.
An assistant district attorney offered a plea deal in which Brodhead would have gotten a parking ticket – but he refused to accept it. At his trial, the judge said honking a horn is not constitutionally-protected speech – and she said Brodhead was his own worst enemy. He told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he still protests while driving past Walker’s house each day, but he doesn’t honk. On weekends, he runs or walks by the house since he’s only about 20 blocks away.
A prosecutor told the Journal Sentinel it’s incredulous that a person who supervises criminals would act this way. But Brodhead says it’s his day job and quote, “Being a concerned citizen is 24-7.”