EPHRATA – Gavin Seim appears to be enjoying his time in Mexico as his court hearing scheduled for Friday has come and gone.
The former congressional candidate posted a statement Friday on is Facebook page indicating he had no plans of making his Friday court date for charges of harassment and obstructing a law enforcement officer in connection to his August arrest in Ephrata.
Seim’s full statement:
"Today, Grant County Courts demanded I appear to have my rights violated. My answer is NO!
Courage is not compliance. Courage is telling conspirators against human rights, WE WILL NOT COMPLY! My motions are filed and the complete dismissal and return of my stolen property is the only response I recognize for these political charges. I choose the law over criminals who drag us into illegal courts to be molested.
I remove myself from the unconstitutional threats of the officers, prosecutors and judges in Grant County's criminal cartel. I refuse their persecution of my family and my community. As our forefathers rejected the false authority of officers who made secret deals and presided over kangaroo courts, I too walk away and I offer the dust of my feet to those whose silence is consent.
Let every persecuted soul know that you can do the same. We do not have to comply. To run towards, away from, or resist with honor those who abuse human rights is patriotism, courage and peace. Be of peace, resist with honor and may God judge between us.
This is my statement. — Gavin Seim"
Seim was taken into custody by Ephrata police as the officer had made a traffic stop on an uninvolved vehicle.
In a Facebook video posted by Seim, he claimed the officer was “harassing some woman in her pickup truck.”
Police say Seim, recording with his cellphone, walked around the stopped vehicle and began confronting the officer, who reportedly told Seim several times to return to his vehicle. Seim eventually returned to his vehicle and again started recording as the officer informed him he was under arrest.
Seim’s cellphone was seized as evidence but the device is password-protected and investigators have been unable to unlock the phone. The prosecutor’s office previously filed a motion requesting a judge require Seim to unlock the phone. Seim is defending himself in the case and was ordered to make arguments before heading to Mexico.
Grant County Prosecutor Garth Dano said the court issued an arrest warrant Friday. He said Seim appears to be living in an "alternate universe" and called Seim's actions "silly" and "very unfortunate."
Seim has filed motions to dismiss the case.