Sara Brady Bio – Wiki
Sara Brady was arrested for allegedly refusing to leave a playground area closed by the coronavirus pandemic has apologized to the police on Friday.
Sara Brady is 40 years old as of 2020.
Sara Walton Brady is the Idaho mother arrested after police said she and others refused to leave a playground that had been closed to the public as part of the state’s efforts to combat the spread of the coronavirus.
Brady was arrested on April 21 for trespassing and violating city orders, according to a news release from the Meridian Police Department. She was booked into the Ada County Jail but posted a $300 bond within a couple of hours.
The Idaho Freedom Foundation explained on its website that Brady and other parents had been participating in a “playdate protest” against Governor Brad Little’s stay-at-home. The statewide order went into effect on March 25 and is currently expected to last through April 30.
Brady was arrested around 4 p.m. on April 21. Inmate records show she was booked into jail around 5 p.m. and released two hours later. Records indicate she posted a bond.
The Idaho Freedom Foundation wrote on its website that Brady had been participating in a “playdate protest at Kleiner Park in Meridian.” The organization did not explicitly state whether the protest had been planned by a specific group or whether it was more spontaneous.
The organization also stated that after posting a bond, Brady went to Meridian City Hall to continue protesting against the governor’s stay-at-home order. KBOI-TV reported that hundreds of people began demonstrating outside city hall following Brady’s arrest.
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Sara Brady Statment
Brady said she felt her arrest was unfair because she never actually touched the playground equipment at Kleiner Park. She told CBS affiliate KBOI-TV, “I feel like I was singled out because I was the only person that was arrested. I definitely wasn’t playing on the playground equipment. I wasn’t swinging, never touched them. But yeah, I do feel like I was singled out and maybe it was because I asked too many questions.”
The Meridan Police Department explained in a news release that Brady “forced” officers to arrest her because she was not cooperating. The department said in a statement, “These are very trying times and the Meridian Police Department supports the public’s right to assemble for peaceful protest, however, the right does not include damaging public property or ignoring closures of City property and facilities.”
Police said the metal signage and caution tape was removed at the park protest on Tuesday, and they “observed numerous individuals gathered on the closed playground area.” Idaho has seen more than 1,897 coronavirus cases and at least 56 deaths from the virus as of Monday morning, according to data from Johns Hopkins.