Fair protester, scuffle caught on video.
Alaska State Fair security arresting man with political banner.
Ten minutes of mayhem Thursday at the Alaska State Fair ... caught on video and posted on YouTube ... jump-started an Internet debate on free speech this week and landed a familiar roadside activist in jail.
Palmer police arrested Sidney Hill, 52, for assault, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief, police commander Thomas Remaley said.
Fair marketing director Dean Phipps said Hill is known for waving signs near the Carrs grocery store in Palmer and apparently carried a large banner into the nearby fair Thursday.
It read "LaRouche says Impeach Obama Now."
The fair has an unwritten policy against people campaigning in common areas, Phipps said. The YouTube clip shows Hill clashing loudly with security guards before being forced to the ground and eventually arrested.
Phipps said Hill became aggressive and belligerent, trying to incite the crowd when security guards approached him. Some fairgoers said Hill didn't appear to be causing problems.
"He was just walking around with a sign," said Wendy Lewis of Anchorage.
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Sidney Hill, 52, was protesting at the state fair Thursday, August 26, 2010. He was arrested by Palmer police for assault, disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.