Are The Police (and people in general) Seriously This Ignorant?

In an article written by Sanjay Bhatt, for The Seattle Times:

One guy rooting for the smaller institutions is Tom Behan, a Vietnam veteran and retired marketing executive in Seattle whose daughter lost her home to a bank foreclosure during the recession. Since early October, Behan has protested six days a week during the lunch hour outside Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and other bank branches in Seattle, holding a sign encouraging passers-by to join a credit union. (He's a BECU member.) After one bank told the police he was trespassing, he armed himself with a copy of the city code on trespassing and right-of-way maps from the city, county and local archives. "I had to prove to the Seattle Police Department that the sidewalk was public and did not belong to the bank," said Behan, 66, who has a pacemaker. "I don't have a hell of a lot of stamina, but I have a lot of animosity against the banks." I guess I shouldn't be surprised.