When can you be arrested for talking to someone?
When can you be arrested for touching them?
When the person you're talking to or touching is the vice president of the United States, it seems.
On June 16, 2006, Steven Howards spotted Vice President Dick Cheney, who was coming out of a shopping mall in Beaver Creek, Colo., and chatting amiably with several people. Howards approached the vice president and allegedly pushed or touched him on the shoulder as he told him that his "policies on Iraq are disgusting."
Aha, you say: So he was threatening Cheney and the Secret Service agents threw him to the ground and cuffed him. Got what he deserved? Can't take any chances with crazy people, right?
Well, not exactly. It seems that nothing happened right away. But when Gus Reichle, a Secret Service coordinator on the scene, heard about the incident from other agents, he found Howards, accused him of an assault and ordered his arrest.