Peter Flaherty, chairman of the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) broke his silence after he was arrested and escorted out of the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting on Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Gateway Pundit reported that Flaherty was removed at the shareholders’ meeting and was charged with “criminal trespass” after criticizing Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett for his support for Bill Gates’ organization and his association with convicted felon Jeffrey Epstein.
Bill Gates was also present during the meeting.
And bill gates was here 30 minutes ago. pic.twitter.com/7UV5F3aggb
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During the first minute of his speech, he was approached and interrupted at the microphone.
Cathy Woollums, a Berkshire official who was a designated liaison with proponents for the meeting told Flaherty that he should stay “on topic.”
Flaherty stated into the microphone, “You are not going to censor what I say, ma’am. I’m very sorry. And I appeal to the Chair (occupied by Buffett) that I be allowed to continue sir.
Buffett responded, “You may continue but under the three-minute limitation. Flaherty stated, “Of course,” and resumed speaking until when his mike went dead.
Two representatives from Clark International Security walked up to Flaherty and stood right in front of him. He was warned that he needed to leave or face arrest.
Flaherty replied that he would leave when he finished his statement.
One of the Clark representatives contacted a nearby uniformed Omaha police officer and asked him to detain Flaherty.
He took Flaherty by the arm, told him he was being arrested, and escorted him out of the arena. Omaha police searched Flaherty, placed him in handcuffs, and took him to the Douglas County Corrections Center, where he was formally charged with criminal trespass.
Here is video of that speaker/shareholder, Peter Flaherty of National Legal and Policy Center, getting quickly escorted away to be arrested. Is this a free country or not?! #berkshire #gates #NLPC pic.twitter.com/zY7suyo3LO
— Sue (@Sue67374532) May 7, 2023
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During an interview with Mark Levin, Flaherty said he touched the third rail on a mention of Jeffrey Epstein and that was too much for Buffett.
“I really touched the third rail on a mention of Jeffrey Epstein,” said Flaherty. “I talked about Gates. I said rhetorically that we know how much he cares about children and that he traveled and met with Jeffrey Epstein many times, even after Epstein had been convicted of sex crimes. And apparently, that was too much for Buffett. And at that point, my mic was cut and I was carted off to jail.”
Flaherty recounted the events that transpired after he was removed from the arena and placed under arrest.
“I wish to make clear that the Omaha police were courteous and professional the whole time. I have absolutely no problem with them. But I was led from the arena. I was transported downtown by two more cops. I was searched. I was handcuffed. I was charged. I spent about 3 hours there. I finally bailed myself out, and I was a free man again,” Flaherty said.
According to Flaherty, he was charged with “criminal trespass” despite his name being on the list of attendees.
“I was charged with criminal trespass, which is a curious charge. I was on the agenda. Now, it is true that Berkshire Hathaway had control of the arena and had their security there, but they are a public company with public shareholders who have rights.”
“They don’t have total control over the meeting. It’s subject to the laws of Delaware, the corporate laws in Delaware where Berkshire Hathaway is incorporated. It’s also subject to regulation by the Securities and Exchange Commission.”
“Mark, I’ve been a shareholder activist for 19 years. I’ve never had my mic turned off and much less being arrested. And I’ve never heard of any other shareholder ever activist, ever having that happen to them. This is unprecedented,” Flaherty said.
Peter Flaherty touched the third rail – NLPC Chairman Peter Flaherty Arrested During Berkshire Shareholder Proposal Presentation After Connecting CEO Warren Buffett to Bill Gates and Jeffrey Epstein pic.twitter.com/0P3uPpyyDT
— Karli Bonne’ (@KarliBonnita) May 9, 2023
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