Video: Governor Bullock Shuts Off Access to Montana Town, Police Arrest Travelers


In a video taken on Friday, a Montana resident attempted to drive to Cooke City when he was pulled over and harassed by law-enforcement who – obeying the orders of Governor Steve Bullock – refused to allow passage to the small Montana town.

Cooke City is one of the entrances to Yellowstone National Park and is most renowned for the road that connects Cooke City with Red Lodge. The Beartooth Pass on Highway 212 is called “the most scenic drive in America”, and connects national forest land to the national park. More importantly for local residents, it connects Cooke City with the rest of the world. The population of the city is 140 people, although the town is likely larger in population due to the many non-permanent residents in the community.

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Governor Steve Bullock, who seems intent on hurting Montana’s tourism economy – which amounts to 3.7 billion dollars a year and brings in more money than both agriculture and energy – has the state’s parks on lockdown. Even though Montana has fared better during the Great Coronavirus Panic of 2020 than virtually every other state, the Montana Department of Tourism put out a video several weeks ago asking tourists to keep their dollars out of the state and visit some other time. Meanwhile, the governor has also canceled outdoor activities like out-of-state bear-hunting and even in-state paddlefish season, two activities that are hardly magnets for infectious diseases.

Whereas Yellowstone National Park has been opened up, only the entrances on the Wyoming side are open to travelers. Governor Bullock, insistent on protecting Montanan from economic recovery, has kept the entrances to the park on the Montana side shut. One of the many problems with this draconian government overreach is that his decision is closing off travel to Cooke City altogether, as the only option to approach the city from Montana (as opposed to coming through Cody, Wyoming) is through the Montana entrance of Yellowstone Park.

On Friday, Tyler Vance – a concrete worker from Montana – attempted to make his way to Cooke City when he was immediately followed, pulled over, questioned, and harassed by law enforcement for traveling through the area. Vance kept his calm and spoke repeatedly to the officers of tyranny and questioned their resolve to obey the Constitution. His appeals to the law were largely ignored by the officers who were intent on inhibiting his travel.

You can watch the video below.

“Right now I got these rangers behind me. And there’s two of them right here and they’re going to pull me over and probably arrest me. That’s how it is,” the Montanan said. “I’m probably going to jail, but do you know what, bud? Somebody has got to do it. Somebody has got to stand up for our rights.”

One officer told Vance, “You have two options. You can leave and go out the gate or you can go to jail. Those are the only two options we have right now. You are not going to Cooke City…”

He then ordered Vance to place his hands behind his back and informed him that he was being detained.

As Vance pled with the officer on the grounds of the Constitution, the officer said, “I agree that certain things need to change, but I don’t make the rules.”

Vance said, “You have every right to refuse to enforce it,” and the officer replied, “No I don’t. Would you refuse something your boss ordered you?”

The constitutional right to travel is presumed under the fifth amendment according to a myriad of court rulings. Citizens may travel from place to place without having to show a permit allowing travel.

The Montana Daily Gazette spoke to Vance who informed the press that after being detained he was given the option of returning the way he came and accepting his citation or going to jail. He chose to accept his citation and return back home, unable to reach his destination.


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  1. Yes Montana is faring well. That’s the whole point. He is trying to limit travelers from out of state bringing in COVID and pushing our numbers right back up. We are almost at 100,000 dead in the US, and many states are in a much worse position than Montana. I guarantee Bullock would love those tourism dollars too, but not at the price of more people dying than necessary. It’s common sense.

  2. Senator buttlick should be ashamed of himself along with those cops… They’re parents are probably turning in they’re graves haha

  3. Senator bullshit should be ashamed of himself along with those cops… They’re parents are probably turning in they’re graves haha

  4. Nuremberg Germany, 1946, almost all the Nazis on trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity said the same thing, “we were just following orders”.
    Sounds like those officers would make good Nazis.

  5. As a retired law enforcement officer, this says all I need to know about their integrity. They swore to uphold and defend the Constitution. Nazis were still found guilty of war crimes after WWII because the claim of “Just Following Orders” was not a justifiable defense.

  6. But Gavin Newsom can thumb his nose at quarantining for 14 days when he comes from California to Montana and play golf in Stevensville and run around all over Darby? I guess governors from other states are exempt from Bullock’s order?

  7. Since “Judges” in Amerika “hide” “DOMESTIC TERRORISTS(AKA: #Blue ISIS)” I am asking every American Citizen to post the addresses of the “DOMESTIC TERRORISTS” that the so called Judicial System hides!! American Citizens NEED TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT/SAFE AGAIN!!!!!!

  8. The governor is a fascist, and the cop is a lackey who violates citizens constitutional rights.

    Sue both of them!

  9. All law enforcement officers take an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. He can refuse to follow an unconstitutional order. By the way, what is special about Cooke City that it is completely locked down? What the hell has Bullock been sniffing?

  10. “Would you refuse something your boss ordered you?” Yes, yes, I would. If it went against what God has told us to do. God says to obey the authorities. Well, the Constitution is the authority in this land. The boss wasn’t obeying it so the officer didn’t have to obey him. Yes, he’d probably be fired but be that as it may. He’d have good standing with God and that’s most important. The boss took an oath to uphold the Constitution and he’s not following that either. Too bad the soldiers in Germany obeyed their bosses and killed over 6 million people. Would this officer go that far? When would he not obey his boss?

  11. Willing to do anything their boss tells them. Just following orders. Just like the guards at Auschwitz. May they suffer the same fate.

  12. Same reasoning should have applied to a DL. I am not a “driver” . Too bad people didn’t wake up then. Or when the govt started using the SS# as a ID . What happens when you allow them an inch, then they become your “rulers”.

  13. The National Park Service police work for the state of Montana? The Congress passed a law making it illegal to visit Cook City, Montana? The Montana legislature made a law making it illegal to visit Cook City? This young man needs to get rich off of this stop with a massive lawsuit.

  14. There is a reason that Montana remains one of the safest places in the Nation right now. This article is biased and irresponsible. It doesn’t state that Governor Bullocks primary objective is to keep us safe. Life is more important than economy right now, and yes, history has proven that Governer Bullock cares a great deal about a healthy economy. Also, we don’t have a constitutional right to endanger the lives of others knowingly or unknowingly.

  15. what an idiot, why couldn’t he just explain to the officer what his so called essential business was???? Probably because he had non. Just another idiot trying to prove he has rights and no responsibilities and just causing bs. That trooper sure has the patience of a Saint.

  16. EVERY Public Officer in America has sworn an OATH OF OFFICE, in which upholding/defending/etc… the Constitution IS REQUIRED. The “Nuremberg defense” is no excuse.

  17. We do NOT have “constitutional rights”. We have RIGHTS and the Constitution for the United States of America and for each of the Several States, are designed to defend our rights, not to promote TYRANNY!

  18. When I took an oath to join the military it said that I would obey the “LAWFUL” orders of the officers over me. That means that I needed to make a determination as to the lawfulness of any order given to me. Any who blindly follows orders are not sworn to protect us, they are storm troopers with blind loyalty to tyranny.

  19. Those cops need to go back to school and learn something about history. “I was only following orders.” is NOT an excuse to violate people’s rights!

  20. They had the raods closed to mamoth or what we call the upper loop. This is bull shit Montana shouldn’t control the roads in the part.


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