Physically. Morally, well… that’s arguable.
It’s not often a person sets themselves up so brilliantly.
Here is the video.
Three men, tagged as Dave Hall, Glenn Taylor and Dylan Taylor, push over large rock boulders in Goblin Valley, Utah in this video posted to Hall’s Facebook page. They claim they are preventing a safety hazard, but the activity in the video is likely illegal. Utah state parks authorities are investigating, and the three are facing felony charges.
Guess what? That’s a crime.
Besides facing possible felony charges for pushing over a “goblin” red rock formation, the Utah Boy Scout leaders responsible for the incident say they are receiving death threats from around the world.
Even national scout headquarters is condemning them and considering punishment.
“I’ve got over 100 death threats on the Internet already. I’ve got people all over the world telling me they are going to kill me because I made the decision that lives are more important than this rock staying here a few more hours,” said Dave Hall, who filmed scouting partner Glenn Taylor toppling the formation in Goblin Valley State Park as Taylor’s son watches and cheers with them.
You don’t get to decide that something that has stood for all this time is now dangerous and take matters into your own hands. I, as a geologist and lover of beautiful, special things of natural wonder, would not threaten death but I can say I’d like to smack him hard for this. What arrogance. But wait… it get’s better.
Taylor, the man who is seen actually shoving the rock to the ground, had filed a personal injury lawsuit against a woman and her father for injuries he says he suffered in a 2009 car crash. Taylor filed the lawsuit at the beginning of September saying that after that accident he injured his back and had to “endure great pain and suffering, disability, impairment, loss of joy of life.” Taylor also says in the lawsuit that the accident was “debilitating.”
Check out the video of Taylor being confronted by the reporter. There is zero defense for the destroying the formation. And he just blew up this lawsuit claim as potential frivolous. I expect his lawyer is popping antacids.
High fives all around, boneheads.