His only intention on July 1 was to pay a ticket for an expired car tag -- after calling in advance -- but when he found the courthouse already closed at 2:39 in the afternoon on a holiday weekend -- he decided to videotape some of the other upset citizens who had wasted an afternoon trying to conduct official business in a public building that was supposed to be open for business.
More disturbing was the hostility and abuse of power demonstrated by law enforcement officers with the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department, who illegally ordered Hackworth off the property. Not only was well within his rights to be there, but in fact as the recipient of a traffic ticket was legally required to be there.
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