Napa Chalk Suspect Appears in Court

Amy Larson's arraignment in Napa Superior Court Wednesday morning was a brief affair; she's due back for a hearing Oct. 24. Larson is charged with vandalism after chalking slogans on a bridge Sept. 11.

Talk show host Alex Jones had urged vandalism suspect Amy Larson to speak out in court at her arraignment Tuesday morning for chalking 9/11 conspiracy slogans on the First Street bridge, but Napa County Commissioner Michael S. Williams wasn't having any of it.

"This is not a public forum," Williams told Larson when she said she wanted to make a statement.

After Larson told him she could not afford to engage an attorney, Williams assigned her to the public defender's office for representation and set a court date of Oct. 24 at 9:30 a.m.

"This is a waste of taxpayer money," Larson told the court, in vain.

Larson's friend Suzi Gilbert came to the arraignment to show her support, as did three people unknown to Larson who had read a media report about her arrest and prosecution.

Larson was arrested and booked Sept. 11 on suspicion of felony vandalism, according to Napa police.

But the charge subsequently was reduced to a misdemeanor, according to court papers.

Larson maintains she is innocent of vandalism and was arrested because she would not give police her birth date and address after she was spotted chalking "9/11 Truth" and "WTC Bldg 7" on the bridge.

For more about Larson's story, please see

  • Chalk Suspect to be Arraigned Today in Napa

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Brian John Evans September 27, 2012 at 10:15 AM
http://scissorsheldon.com/ The voting process is run by the sick super rich so chalk chalk chalk! http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/dallas/Someone-sprawls-99--170211336.html
Brian John Evans September 27, 2012 at 10:17 AM
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Tim T. September 27, 2012 at 12:22 PM
Sorry Matthew but you are just misinformed and wrong on this. This can be a violation of the city graffiti ordinance - it is not vandalism. This is an important distinction and you should be aware of what the definitions are before making that statement. It's been said before but here it is again "vandalism must have 'malicious intent' (courts have ruled that political speech in regards to chalk does not rise to this level) and to be a felony there must over $400 in damage). By law this WAS NOT vandalism.
Tim T. September 27, 2012 at 12:24 PM
were you even alive when Kent State happened?
Super-Ben Lantz September 27, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Hey Bill.... You are an !diot and an a$$hole. Just thought someone should let you know.
Jeffrey Wright September 27, 2012 at 04:31 PM
@ Scott Yeager... What part of this can't you understand ? There's a world of difference between kids drawing flowers in front of their house in a residential area and someone chalking the new bridge downtown ... Figure it out !!
Jeffrey Wright September 27, 2012 at 04:40 PM
This would be ''defacement by graffiti'' and it makes no difference if it's spray paint or chalk .... Still a crime !!
Scott Yeager September 27, 2012 at 04:46 PM
There is nothing to figure out Jeffrey Wright. Your language gives you away. Kids "draw" but somehow she "chalked" a bridge (explain the difference), which she actually didn't do, it was a sidewalk. Who cares if the sidewalk is new?
Jeffrey Wright September 27, 2012 at 05:15 PM
Scott , These are her words from the Sept. 14 article and I quote '' Larson said she was returning from the Napa Farmers Market traveling west on first street with some vegetables in her backpack, when she stopped to ''CHALK'' some slogans about 9/11 on the First street bridge . These are her words Scott she classified what she was doing as ''CHALKING'' not me ... So before you go jumping all over me, you might actually want to read the article. Figure it out !!
Scott Yeager September 27, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Once again then it must be pointed out every kid who ever "chalked", I am sorry "drew" on a sidewalk has commited a crime of defacement by graffiti and therefore should be arrested. It's a crime, after all. Or is it just a crime if an adult does it?
Scott Yeager September 27, 2012 at 05:36 PM
Ok, she defines it that way, it's a descriptive term she used. No problem. There is no difference then. Got it?
Tim T. September 27, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Jeff, what is the difference? Both public sidewalks and both chalk. Listen, can't we agree this should not have been handled like this? I trust, from what we know, (no criminal record, gainfully employed, etc) that this is a law abiding person. She has said she would have stopped if informed it was a violation (let alone a crime!). She was instead told "oh it's just chalk, no problem" (this is not in dispute). The arrest came after a consultation with someone else - but no warning, no cease and be on your way - just a Felony charge, booking with $10,000 bail, and 30 hrs in jail. Can't we give people a chance here and then if she continues and wants to be a "civil protester" (no indication that was her intent) arrest her for that. This just makes sense to me - doesn't it to you? Maybe there are no "bad guys" here, but definitely a mishandling of a fairly simple situation.
Tim T. September 27, 2012 at 05:51 PM
But I do want to be clear that I think this was mishandled and a Napa citizen should not have had to endure what this woman did for this type of incident. This person was well informed, knew her rights, and exercised them. The officer, not used to this, did not like being challenged (not for doing something illegal, she would not have been challenged if she had told Amy to stop chalking - but for doing something lawful - not providing information unless you are being detained -remember this is the good old USA) and this is when a person in authority has to be smart and wise and know both the law and how to be a problem solver. This officer resorted to Authority 101 - fine I'll arrest you for Felony Vandalism and we'll show you who's boss. Fine - she did that and know we have this. Not good for anybody but especially the city.
Tim T. September 27, 2012 at 05:59 PM
Plus I have to admit I had no idea writing with chalk on a sidewalk was a violation of the city ordinance until this incident. I hope I would have gotten a warning and given the opportunity to stop and clean it up before being charged with a felony or even given a citation.
Matthew Young September 27, 2012 at 06:01 PM
Please do us all a favor and seek professional help. Also be sure to take all prescribed medication. Thanks.
Scott Yeager September 27, 2012 at 06:01 PM
This isn't about how this situation wasn't handled well by the police with some who comment here as you should realize by now. Take it away, Tim and good luck!
Jeffrey Wright September 27, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Tim, I would have to agree with you that she shouldn't have ended up in jail charged with a felony as I also had no idea that writing in chalk was classified as defacement by graffiti.. Any guesses as to what the outcome might be ?
Laurel K September 27, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Each and every one of us should stand behind this woman and our PROTECTED 1st ammendment right to free speech! What she did was an expression of political speech, and has been fervently protected in the past. Why is it different now? Cause your rights are being taken away and if you protest the government or express your political views you are a terrorist! YOUR taxes are being wasted by people who arrest "protestors" like Amy and until those violations of civil liberties are eliminated go ahead and foot the bill.
Robert Chambers September 27, 2012 at 07:28 PM
why did they tell her she can not leave the state on a minor charge? This is going over board. This is like getting a minor traffic ticket and they tell you can not leave the state
D.K. McGregor September 27, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Amy...Just happened to see you on AJ's show...You looked strong and don't let the losers like (Michael S. Willams) and apparently the Chief Of Police of Napa get you down. I hope an enlightened attorney will contact you and offer pro bono service to you.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Update: I've changed the headline because although Larson was assigned to go through the public defender's office, she has not yet decided to do that, according to a voicemail she left for me. If you haven't already clicked the "Keep me posted" button below the main article, you might want to do that in order to get automatic updates, as she said she would keep in touch.
Curtis September 28, 2012 at 07:39 AM
Chalk This. YouTube WTC 7 Barry Jennings.
BILL BRASKY September 28, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I hope our great legal system bends her over and gives her everything she has coming !! And congratulations to the Napa PD. for doing a great job of keeping our city clean !! Scurry scurry you little chalking cockroaches ..........
BILL BRASKY September 28, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Napa Pd is doing a great job !!!
Curtis September 28, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Are you serious with those comments Bill. You need to get off of the Flouride, turn off the TV and wake up to the bigger issue hear. People like you are the reason these criminals are taking over our country.
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" September 28, 2012 at 09:18 PM
We have bigger problems in this Country. 65% of the USA is under a drought. $3.95 per gallon gas. 12 to 24 million illegal aliens sucking the system dry. 10 to 12% unemployment.
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" September 28, 2012 at 09:57 PM
DA drops case against chalk writer As reported by the "Other Guys"
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Yes, I'd heard they were going to drop the case today. More to come.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) September 28, 2012 at 11:17 PM
http://napavalley.patch.com/articles/napa-chalk-suspect-s-case-dismissed-by-da Amy Larson's not around today, but I left her a message after I talked to the DA's office.
Brian John Evans September 28, 2012 at 11:29 PM
................... http://evanscartoons.com/gallery.php?id=2 My brother, the cartoonist got banned off of NZ main newspaper the New Zealand Herald even tho he got all the main best cartoonist awards. You can all do chalk all over the world even if your effed up media will not let you Chalking is the Peoples' Press and the truth needs to be shown to all.. You right wing nazis think the NWO loves you. HULLO no it does not. You could be bombed as 'collateral damage' when they come to bomb the protestors. THE NEW WORLD ORDER hates you, but will use you , till like Hitler you get a bullseye painted by a drone kiddie 'pilot operator' 'doing his dooty' for Big Brothe corporates Well does Mcdonald's care you are dying from obesity-diabetes? no! President Eisenhower warned about the military-industrial complex google it


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