Woman gets fine for yard sale sign violation
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” A woman who wanted to hold a yard sale but ended up in a confrontation with the police received an $88 fine Tuesday, according to the Municipal Court office.
Police said Cecilia Gil, 47, was told to take down yard sale signs she was putting up on South Grand Avenue on Sept. 22 but Gil didn’t comply. Instead, police said, she yelled that an officer was “harassing her because she was Mexican” and walked away.
Police said Gil repeatedly refused to answer their instructions and walked away, at one point covering her ears with her hands while an officer explained she should just listen to avoid getting a ticket. Gil started resisting arrest when an officer grabbed onto her arm to stop her from walking away, police said.
Gil disputed the police account of events in a newspaper interview and claimed she was unfairly targeted. She said she was born in El Paso, Texas and lived in Glenwood Springs for about two years.
On Tuesday she pleaded guilty to a sign violation and a resisting arrest charge was dismissed before receiving the fine, according to the Municipal Court office.
Pete Rachesky, her defense attorney, and John Collins, who prosecuted the case, didn’t return phone messages.
It’s illegal to post signs in any city right of way or on city property like light poles or traffic signals. People advertising for yard sales must post signs only on private property that is theirs or where they have permission to do so.
Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121
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