Government Shutdown Gets Runner $100 Fine


He plans to fight it in Federal Court.

John Bell of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania was simply going for a run in a park last week.

However, the 56-year-old Bell was in the wrong place for his jaunt: Valley Forge National Historical Park. According to a Fox News report, Bell was ticketed for his run, because the park was closed due to the recent government shutdown.

Bell saw a barrier when he departed for his run, but thought it was for vehicular traffic.

When he returned to his car, there were two park police there waiting for him with flashing sirens.

“I just think it’s wrong,” Bell says. “There was no warning at all, about anything. I asked them, ‘Why are you guys doing this?’ Their answer was, ‘Don’t you watch the news?’ In no way were they trying to be nice about this.”

Bell plans to fight the $100 ticket in Federal Court.

Jeremy Gonzalez Ibrahim, a friend of his, is representing Bell pro bono.

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