Protesters who were splashed with slush by a snow plow driver in February will receive a letter of apology.
John C. Pimental II, 32, of Dover Road, Mashpee, was sentenced to six months probation on Monday, June 17, for disorderly conduct during a rally protesting President Donald J. Trump on Presidents’ Day.
Mr. Pimental was also ordered to stay away from and make no contact with the protesters, complete 20 hours of community service work and write a letter of apology, which Judge Lisa F. Edmonds will review.
He was also charged with assault for his actions on February 18. The state opted not to prosecute the charge.
On President’s Day, more than 50 Falmouth residents protested President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to divert funds without congressional approval to build a southern border wall. The Falmouth protest was one of 277 nationwide.
The rally was interrupted when a snow plow driver drove past the Village Green, lowered his vehicle’s plow and splash snow and slush on them, protesters said.
Falmouth Patrol Officer Joshua Oliver spoke with Mr. Pimental following the incident, who acknowledged plowing the edge of the road at the Village Green.
“When asked what had happened, he stated he made a bad call,” Officer Oliver wrote.
He spoke with Mr. Pimental again on February 19.
“He stated he was traveling by the Green when he saw the edge of the road was not cleared,” Officer Oliver wrote. “He then proceeded to clear the edge of the road to prevent it from freezing to the asphalt.”
A video of the incident was shared on social media and attracted national attention, including a response from actor James H. Woods on Twitter. Mr. Woods praised Mr. Pimental and asked, “You have an address where we can send him a gift basket?”
Mr. Pimental, a private contractor who plowed for the town, was removed from the town’s private contractor list following the incident. Prior to his removal, he was typically assigned to the Two Ponds area.