Declaration of William Thomas

February 24, 1999

At approximately 6:10 pm I rode my bicycle legitimately through all the security barricades relating to the visit of the Ghanian head-of-state with the intention of determining whether Concepcion Picciotto, who maintains a 24-hour, 365-day a-year vigil, needed a break to go to the bathroom (pursuant to federal regulation codified at 36 CFR 7.96, a vigiler cannot move more than 3 feet from their signs).

As I proceeded on my bicycle south on Pennsylvania Avenue, toward Concepcion's signs I noticed a Park Police vehicle parked, sort of parallel, and glanced at the vehicle as I passed on my bicycle.

I then stopped my bicycle, lifted the front wheel to mount the curb, and went to Concepcion's demonstration site, and asked whether she needed a break. At that point the Park Police vehicle left it's parking place and pulled up in front of Concepcion's signs.

I said, "Ya Vold!"

Upon exiting his Park Police vehicle the, driver, who later identified himself as Officer Knapp (sp), stated, "I don't speak German."

I then enquired, "What's your problem?"

Officer Knapp then asked whether my bicycle was registered.

I assured him that it was.

Officer Knapp then used his flashlight to scrutinize the numbers on my bicycle registration sticker, and told me that he couldn't ascertain the third digit on the sticker.

I told Officer Knapp that he should use his "machine" (which I explained was his radio communications unit) to determine whether or not my bicycle was legal or stolen.

Officer Knapp, after making some observations about me pointing fingers, said that I had been drinking.

I asked him how he made that determination, and he replied that he could smell it on my breath.

I asked Officer Knapp whether it was against the law to drink, he replied that it was illegal to drink in the park; I asked whether he had any reason to believe that I had been drinking in the Park, and he didn't.

Officer Knapp continued giving me a hard time about the registration of the bicycles, and I told him that if he had some problem then he should just confiscate the bicycles.

He didn't confiscate any bicycles.

Under penalty of perjury,
William Thomas