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Baton Bob Strikes Back Against Police That Coerced Facebook Post From Him

timothy posted about 3 months ago | from the bizarro-world-southeast-division dept.

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McGruber (1417641) writes "In June 2013, Atlanta police arrested costumed street performer "Baton Bob" during the middle of a street performance after Baton Bob was allegedly involved in a verbal altercation with mall security guards. Now, a year later, Baton Bob has filed a federal lawsuit accusing Atlanta police of violating his constitutional rights, assault, discrimination, privacy violations and identify theft. Atlanta Police allegedly forced Baton Bob to make a pro-police statement on his Facebook page before officers would allow Bob to be released on bond. According to the lawsuit: "At approximately 3:40 p.m., while Plaintiff sat handcuffed and without an attorney, he was told to dictate a public statement to Officer Davis, who then typed and posted the message to the Baton Bob Facebook account. The message read: 'First of all, the atl police officer that responded to the incident thru security has been very respectful and gracious to me even in handcuffs. So, the situation escalated from a complaint from a security officer in the area and for some reason she rolled up on me like she didn't know who I was and like I had not been there before. For them to call police to come to intervene was not necessary. So, out of it, because of my fury, the Atlanta police officer did not understand the elements of the situation, so he was trying to do his job, respectfully and arrested my ass!!!!!!!!! I'll be out tomorrow so look out for my show at 14th and Peachtree. So now I'm waiting to be transported so I can sign my own bond and get the hell out of here. I want to verify, that the Atlanta police was respectful to me considering the circumstances. See you when I see you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!' As promised, Plaintiff was then given a signature bond and released from jail."

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lol mimes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47360669)

you know I hate 'em!

Re:lol mimes (3, Funny)

just_another_sean (919159) | about 3 months ago | (#47360707)

You hate everything AC! That's why we love you.

Re: lol mimes (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47360861)

Aww... Really...? Umm... All this time I've had a crush on you too... Maybe I can evem say I've loved you.. So yeah... Not sure if you knew it or not, but I guess now you do, so... Maybe we can be a couple now?

3 AC

Re: lol mimes (-1, Offtopic)

just_another_sean (919159) | about 3 months ago | (#47360903)

Sorry, happily married. But we'll always be friends!

Broke my heart (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47360989)

Fuck you. You just broke my heart into a million pieces. Do you know what it feels like to be heartbroken? You fucking monster. I never loved you anyway. Fuck you, and get the fuck out of my life and never come back.

lol mimes (5, Funny)

slashdice (3722985) | about 3 months ago | (#47360787)

how does a mime have a "verbal altercation"?

Re:lol mimes (4, Funny)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 3 months ago | (#47360937)

He looked at the police and gave him the finger?

Re:lol mimes (2)

Hotawa Hawk-eye (976755) | about 3 months ago | (#47361415)

how does a mime have a "verbal altercation"?

Sign language.

Re:lol mimes (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47360849)

I can only wish Baton Bob was a mime.

He was performing in front of my office building and we could hear him blowing his whistle down on the street from 14 stories up.

Re:lol mimes (3, Insightful)

JavaLord (680960) | about 3 months ago | (#47361055)

Street Performer is a euphemism for public nuisance.

Re:lol mimes (5, Insightful)

spacepimp (664856) | about 3 months ago | (#47361101)

They are a public nuisance with the same rights we afford assholes like myself and yourself. No one, even a mime, can be coerced into a public statement like this...

This is a highly illegal method of reputation modelling by the Atlanta PD.

Re:lol mimes (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 3 months ago | (#47361597)

They are a public nuisance with the same rights we afford assholes like myself and yourself.

Mimes are people, my friend.

Sort of. Though I'm not exactly sure if the right to free speech covers pantomiming being behind bars in a very small imaginary cell with a very sad face.

Re:lol mimes (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361931)

I disagree. They are providing a performance and many people like it. if you don't like it, you don't have to pay. Only Obama makes you pay for things you don't want or need.

Re:lol mimes (4, Funny)

NotDrWho (3543773) | about 3 months ago | (#47360901)

Well, it was either post the pro-police statement or face indefinite detention in an imaginary glass box.

Re:lol mimes (3, Informative)

Noah Haders (3621429) | about 3 months ago | (#47361469)

He's not a mime. He walks around downtown Atlanta wearing a wedding gown or a tutu. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baton_Bob

Re:lol mimes (2)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about 3 months ago | (#47361617)

He's not a mime. He walks around downtown Atlanta wearing a wedding gown or a tutu.

There was a parade last Sunday with like a thousand guys like that.

America: Its just completely fucked (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47360681)

How these retards think they can claim moral superiority over a snail is beyond me, never mind the rest of mankind. >.

Re:America: Its just completely fucked (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361297)

And these are cops, who have special legal powers citizens don't. These cops should be fined, fired, and executed for this kind of abuse.
Make an example of them.

Re:America: Its just completely fucked (2)

JRV31 (2962911) | about 3 months ago | (#47361649)

The deepest circle of hell should be reserved for people who abuse power.

Re:America: Its just completely fucked (3, Funny)

HornWumpus (783565) | about 3 months ago | (#47362247)

People who engage in hyperbole are the worst scum on earth and should be executed by cheese grater.

Seriously? (3, Insightful)

c6gunner (950153) | about 3 months ago | (#47360693)

Is there so little happening in the world right now that the best "story" you can come up with is a guy with obvious mental issues claiming police made him post Facebook comments?

Re:Seriously? (0)

sycodon (149926) | about 3 months ago | (#47360795)

Yep, I don't find his story credible.

Everyone knows that the Police would have just beaten his ass half to death and then claim he assaulted a police officer. Probably by putting his head in the way of the cop's fist.

Re:Seriously? (1)

ClintJCL (264898) | about 3 months ago | (#47360875)

I find your evaluation of which stories are credible to be PISS POOR.

Re:Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361023)

I find your evaluation of which posts are jokes to be whoosh.

Re:Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361143)

I find your negligence of Poe's Law to be detestable.

Re:Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361389)

HITLER

Re:Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361149)

How would a mime do "whoosh"? A wave above his or her head?

Re:Seriously? (1)

ClintJCL (264898) | about 3 months ago | (#47360847)

There's nothing obvious about it. Why the hell do you think they didn't do this? This is par for the course for news you hear every week from American police.

Re:Seriously? (5, Informative)

McGruber (1417641) | about 3 months ago | (#47361203)

Why the hell do you think they didn't do this? This is par for the course for news you hear every week from American police.

It seems to me that it would be easy to convince a jury that the Atlanta police actually did this -- the FB post is timestamped, as was the record generated when Baton Bob was actually released on bond.

Back in 2006, the Atlanta police executed a 92-year-old elderly woman, during a "botched" drug raid. They fired 39 shots at her, killing her with the 5 or 6 that hit her. After the shooting, one of the Atlanta officers planted marijuana at the house. Wikipedia: Kathryn Johnston shooting [wikipedia.org]

Re:Seriously? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361701)

Yes, the police have certainly given us reason to believe that any accusation of misdeed on their part is probably true.

This guy is also obviously an attention-whore, so a trumped-up accusation like this suits his purposes quite nicely.

I will reserve judgment until I see evidence.

Re:Seriously? (1)

fredrated (639554) | about 3 months ago | (#47361735)

This guy is also obviously an attention-whore...I will reserve judgment until I see evidence

Oxymoron much?

Re:Seriously? (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47362009)

Back in 2006, the Atlanta police executed a 92-year-old elderly woman, during a "botched" drug raid. They fired 39 shots at her, killing her with the 5 or 6 that hit her. After the shooting, one of the Atlanta officers planted marijuana at the house. Wikipedia: Kathryn Johnston shooting [wikipedia.org]

Definitely fucked up what the police did to this poor old woman. It is important to mention that the gunfire was not completely unprovoked, as she did fire one shot first.

Re:Seriously? (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47362329)

Well, when armed men come storming into your house after they break down the door, do you expect someone not to defend themselves? Also, I like that the one shot was responded to with "39 shots, five or six of which hit." That's a lot of lead flying around.

Re:Seriously? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47362349)

> It is important to mention that the gunfire was not completely unprovoked, as she did fire one shot first.

After they came in plainclothes with guns out and busted her front door down.
(Personally, I would "score" the provocation to the other side)

Re:Seriously? (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47362487)

Actually, deep in the heart of Texas someone actually got released by a grand jury for shooting a cop who busted down their trailer home door unannounced on a no-knock warrant. Guy thought someone was attacking his pregnant wife and shot first.

First time I've seen anyone let off for killing a cop in self defense. Despite bootlickers like c6gunner, it's getting harder to find 12 angry men who assume the cops are always right and pure and can never make mistakes.

Re:Seriously? (4, Informative)

HeckRuler (1369601) | about 3 months ago | (#47362593)

Hey, that story isn't all sad:

"Three officers were tried for manslaughter and other charges surrounding falsification and were sentenced to ten, six, and five years."

The entire narcotics department (that weren't in jail) was flushed with new hires replacing them and no-knock warrents are more restricted.

So far they're doing better than LA cops...

Re:Seriously? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361133)

> a guy with obvious mental issues claiming police made him post Facebook comments?

If he's lying it would be so easy to prove that it is unlikely that it would have even become a news story.
How? Timestamps. What's the timestamp on the facebook post? If it is in between the recorded time of the arrest and his release, it's a slamdunk win for him, if the the post was made outside that window he's going to lose because cops always win unless there is incontrovertible proof to the contrary.

That was dictated? (2, Funny)

Phrogz (43803) | about 3 months ago | (#47360697)

What'd he say, "so he was trying to do his job comma respectfully and arrested my ass exclamation point exclamation point exclamation point exclamation point exclamation point exclamation point exclamation point exclamation point exclamation point"?

Or was it more, "and then just dump a sh!tload of exclamation points down".

Re:That was dictated? (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 3 months ago | (#47360859)

While I'm sure that most police officers are perfectly capable typists, given the amount of paperwork that comes with the job, it's not out of the question that an officer writing a Facebook post might not use the best possible punctuation.

Re:That was dictated? (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 3 months ago | (#47360899)

Strangely, the punctuation points match the style of the message. Both look like there were written by a 12 year old girl.

Re:That was dictated? (4, Funny)

PRMan (959735) | about 3 months ago | (#47361803)

Well, he dresses like a 12 year old girl, so I think it was him...

Re:That was dictated? (2)

mythosaz (572040) | about 3 months ago | (#47360951)

Why would he dictate it at all if they're typing what they want?

This (non) story reeks of lame.

Re:That was dictated? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361697)

maybe the brown shirts had him dictate it so they could honestly say under oath that "yes that is what he said"

Re:That was dictated? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47360969)

It was dictated more along the lines of "I'm going to impersonate you and you're going to like it". Theft of service, wire fraud, identity theft -- well, that'd be what he'd be charged with if he didn't have the blue wall of silence to protect him.

Re:That was dictated? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361153)

Or, maybe it just didn't happen at all like he says.

News for not nerds, stuff that doesn't matter. (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47360783)

Great post McGruber, thanks for selecting it timothy.

Re:News for not nerds, stuff that doesn't matter. (1, Insightful)

McGruber (1417641) | about 3 months ago | (#47361097)

Great post McGruber, thanks for selecting it timothy.

If you don't like the stories you're reading here, then submit a better one!

Re:News for not nerds, stuff that doesn't matter. (0)

wbr1 (2538558) | about 3 months ago | (#47362627)

Or go to a site with a better community. IE pipedot or soylentnews

DNA, should'a eaten less bacon... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47362365)

I find the daily minute of rage quite cathartic, and coducive to a well-adjusted, relaxed and totally unf*cked-up personality

3 months too late... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47360811)

.... April 1st was 3 months ago.

But to get us back on the subject, WTF were they doing logging into his FB account anyway??

Longtime resident (5, Informative)

fightermagethief (3645291) | about 3 months ago | (#47360843)

This guy actually doesn't stand out that much in public. There is most likely a hobo relieving himself or having a loud (read: unnerving) argument with the ether within cat-swinging distance. The few times I have seen this guy was around midtown, a magnet gay area, and people didn't even bat an eye. His costumes are maybe 10% more outrageous than what people wear on the weekend.

Re:Longtime resident (1)

retchdog (1319261) | about 3 months ago | (#47360945)

familiarity breeds contempt.

Re:Longtime resident (5, Funny)

fightermagethief (3645291) | about 3 months ago | (#47361145)

A man can't even walk down the same street everyday wearing a wedding dress, blowing a referee whistle, and spinning a baton without breeding contempt. What is this world coming to?

Re:Longtime resident (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361289)

"Oh, my*. Memories.

Decades ago, I was involved in a fundraising event, a "parade in reverse" where sponsored walkers proceeded past booths and artistic displays and street theater. The director put *me* on a ladder, wearing a swimsuit, reading from a telephone book and blowing my whistle at passersby. With a lit candelabra.

The street theatre aspect was only enhanced because a mayor's funeral procession was planned for the same day, with all the cops out in force lining the route. As I set up, the nearest copes spoke among themselves, but spluttered into absolute confusion as I walked over and asked them for a light for the candelabra.

The mere opportunity to *confuse* ordinary police that much was worth the sweltering heat and mild sunburn I got doing that.

Re:Longtime resident (1)

retchdog (1319261) | about 3 months ago | (#47361647)

well he has to breed something!

ba-dum-pish.

Why (1)

lsllll (830002) | about 3 months ago | (#47360885)

I have no idea why ANYBODY would even consent to logging in to his Facebook account on a computer or unlocking his phone while in custody, let alone post a coerced message like that. I'm sure lawyers will hash all this out in court, but my according to the article

Jamerson was charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of obstruction against the officer, all misdemeanors, Lyon said.

I am for civil liberties, but I'm not sure I disagree with the charges.

Having said that, his case is about being coerced. Who's to say he didn't offer to write a nice post himself and the officers laughed and said "sure!"?

Re:Why (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47360943)

He probably wanted that bond and then get out. I can only guess, but neither being handcuffed nor sitting in jail longer then necessary are something to look for.

Re:Why (1)

Br00se (211727) | about 3 months ago | (#47360955)

... Who's to say he didn't offer to write a nice post himself and the officers laughed and said "sure!"?

The judge and jury.

The better question is who IS suggesting that he made such an offer?

Re:Why (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47362291)

The better question is who IS suggesting that he made such an offer?

lsllll, apparently.

The even better question is, what reason should lsllll have to suggest this?

Re:Why (1)

mythosaz (572040) | about 3 months ago | (#47360963)

Lots of phones are unlocked. Slide and you're in. Facebook is already logged in.

There's just no reason to handcuff him and make him dictate something that you're typing. Why not cut out the middleman?

Re:Why (1)

Cro Magnon (467622) | about 3 months ago | (#47361057)

Presumably so they can say, without totally lying out their asses, that the message came from his mouth.

Re:Why (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361237)

Presumably so they can say, without totally lying out their asses, that the message came from his mouth.

One would have to assume there's a reason for them to be worried about lying.

There isn't.

Re:Why (1)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 3 months ago | (#47361245)

It's been my experience that government agents don't typically have any reservations about "lying out their asses."

If you played the "take a shot when an officer lies" game while watching COPS, everyone in the room would die from alcohol poisoning before the first commercial break.

Re:Why (1)

TheCarp (96830) | about 3 months ago | (#47361521)

This is the drinking game that deserves to turn into a drunken mob crime spree....if for no other reason than so someone can enter a statement into the official record about how the incident started.

Re:Why (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361283)

Instead of his hands? What's the difference?

Re:Why (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47360971)

charges were obviously made up, cops backing up paul blart mall cop wannabes

can't wait to see the mall cop and Atlanta pd officers sitting in gitmo where they deserve to be

Re:Why (1)

Charliemopps (1157495) | about 3 months ago | (#47360977)

I have no idea why ANYBODY would even consent to logging in to his Facebook account on a computer or unlocking his phone while in custody, let alone post a coerced message like that. I'm sure lawyers will hash all this out in court, but my according to the article

Jamerson was charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of obstruction against the officer, all misdemeanors, Lyon said.

I am for civil liberties, but I'm not sure I disagree with the charges.

Having said that, his case is about being coerced. Who's to say he didn't offer to write a nice post himself and the officers laughed and said "sure!"?

You've never been arrested before have you? And by the Atlanta police? Trust me, you'd do a lot more than make a facebook post to get out of that situation.

Re:Why (3, Informative)

TheCarp (96830) | about 3 months ago | (#47361651)

And boy can they be dicks when they want to be. Never been arrested myself, but a friend of mine was and called me to bring him some cash for bail. At 3 am, I am in a waiting room, 2 cops come out and let me know "its going to be a while, it could take all night" and "you should just leave, he can get home".....

Never mind that he was about 40 miles from home and his car wasn't being released....they just wanted him to have to walk. How long was the "long time" I was going to have to wait for the bail bondsman to show up? About 30-40 minutes.

Re:Why (4, Interesting)

Maxo-Texas (864189) | about 3 months ago | (#47361817)

Had a friend who was arrested and there was a $15 filing fee.

They wouldn't make change.
They wouldn't accept $20's.

Seriously.

Re:Why (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361129)

I have no idea why ANYBODY would even consent to logging in to his Facebook account on a computer or unlocking his phone while in custody, let alone post a coerced message like that.

While people are busy ignorantly demanding that NO ONE access their Facebook account and threatening to sue on Constitutional grounds, Facebook is busy whoring out every last click of your data to the highest bidder.

But hey, let's keep screaming about privacy. Might as well tweet about it too.

The only issue that should be on the table here is the issue of coercion that appears to have taken place to release a man from jail. Other than that, let's just drop the Facebook privacy bullshit. If you want privacy, then get the fuck off social media.

Re:Why (1)

EvilJoker (192907) | about 3 months ago | (#47361379)

There is a very big difference between the two scenarios - There was a major shitstorm recently when someone (may have been Facebook itself, I don't remember) was falsely claiming endorsement from people.

It's one thing for them to gather all sorts of data about me. It's quite another to make it up.

Re:Why (1)

serviscope_minor (664417) | about 3 months ago | (#47361177)

I have no idea why ANYBODY would even consent to logging in to his Facebook account on a computer or unlocking his phone while in custody, let alone post a coerced message like that.

Um gee, I donno. Perhape people can be coerced into doing something like that?

You know, not everyone is as awesome as you at standing up to police abuse.

Re:Why (2)

slashmydots (2189826) | about 3 months ago | (#47361367)

"I have no idea why ANYBODY would even consent to logging in to his Facebook account on a computer or unlocking his phone while in custody"
So they can sue them later. That's why I would do it.

Re:Why (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361471)

I have no idea why ANYBODY would even consent to logging in to his Facebook account on a computer or unlocking his phone while in custody, let alone post a coerced message like that.

Under coercion, consent is meaningless. That's why it's called coercion.

Re:Why (1)

Wookact (2804191) | about 3 months ago | (#47362261)

Who's to say he didn't offer to write a nice post himself and the officers laughed and said "sure!"?

What flipping universe are you from?

tl;dr or why is this drivel on /. (-1, Redundant)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47360985)

Any news story somehow relating to facebook or the internet in general doesn't need to be on /.

Wrap this turd up and then show it on beta and you've got a real shit sandwich.

Re:tl;dr or because it's about Rights (2)

just_another_sean (919159) | about 3 months ago | (#47361201)

Just because this is about a guy in a tutu doesn't mean that a story concerning a citizen of the USA being forced to post something online against his will isn't interesting (and alarming!). I've never heard of this guy and wouldn't look twice if I saw him on the street but I will follow this case now to see if his side of the story is revealed to be accurate and what the eventual outcome is. If these cops are proven guilty and punished than I call that a win for YRO.

Freedom of speech (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47360991)

I knew they were taking our freedom of speech. I wasn't aware that they had granted themselves the freedom to speak in our stead.

He's lucky they didn't kill him. (4, Insightful)

pubwvj (1045960) | about 3 months ago | (#47361027)

He's lucky they didn't kill him.
In our state the cops have killed people with their batons, tasers, pistols and assault rifles for less than this. Of course, every time this happens the cops get off scott free without even a reprimand and with full paid leave during the "investigation" into the "incident". Cops are killing citizens left and right. These are not isolated incidenses but a problem with police mentality. Kill first, ask questions later.

Re:He's lucky they didn't kill him. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361221)

And when it comes out in discovery that this never happened at all, I will look forward to your public apology. More likely, though, it will be "well, they didn't do anything THIS time, but trust me, they do bad shit all the time!" And if a cop ever helps out, feel free to show your gratitude by shitting all over him as I'm sure you likely will. I can't imagine why they'd have an adversarial relationship with helpful citizens like you around.

Re:He's lucky they didn't kill him. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361639)

when it comes out in discovery that this never happened at all, I will look forward to your public apology.

Ha! Joke's on you: He won't be able to apologize, because the police will have already killed him.

Re:He's lucky they didn't kill him. (0)

the eric conspiracy (20178) | about 3 months ago | (#47361427)

Citations needed.

Re:He's lucky they didn't kill him. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361657)

Re:He's lucky they didn't kill him. (1)

Nyder (754090) | about 3 months ago | (#47362047)

He's lucky they didn't kill him.
In our state the cops have killed people with their batons, tasers, pistols and assault rifles for less than this. Of course, every time this happens the cops get off scott free without even a reprimand and with full paid leave during the "investigation" into the "incident". Cops are killing citizens left and right. These are not isolated incidenses but a problem with police mentality. Kill first, ask questions later.

oh, you must live in Washington State.

Well IMO he got what he deserved he let his anger (1)

Stan92057 (737634) | about 3 months ago | (#47361205)

"So, out of it, because of my fury"

Well IMO he got what he deserved he let his anger get the best of him and we all know the police will not stand for anyone flipping out and whatever he said, did to the cops. And were are all the home videos of police brutality we normally see with this kind of acts? And he pussied out by making a statement he didn't want too or that he they scare a lot of kids and women who want zero part of there acts lol

Re:Well IMO he got what he deserved he let his ang (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47362267)

Wtf? You're quoting the coerced statement as evidence?

Are you retarded?
I hope you're never put in charge of anything more important than a mop and bucket.

issue is FB post (1)

silfen (3720385) | about 3 months ago | (#47361225)

He said he had parked in the mall parking lot and had a confrontation while through the mall to the street with security guards who objected to his attire. The guards told police that Jamerson had trespassed on mall property.

His arrest wasn't for speaking at a street corner in a tutu, it was trespassing on mall property, which he arguably did (that was for a judge to sort out).

However for the police to force him to make a FB post is unacceptable. A court might have ordered that, but police shouldn't be allowed to coerce people in this way.

Re:issue is FB post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361349)

but police shouldn't be allowed to coerce people in this way.

And they probably didn't.

Re:issue is FB post (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47362171)

So... the police handed him a computer for his leisurely pleasure while being booked / in jail and before they released him? Yea- that makes a lot more sense. Why would he all the sudden change his mind about the cop if not for the fact he was coerced/forced?

If the records show he was in custody at the time of the post then in my mind this is beyond a reasonable doubt particularly given the other collaborating evidence and circumstances.

Re:issue is FB post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47362297)

Oh, were you there or do you just enjoy talking out your ass?

Re:issue is FB post (1)

Wookact (2804191) | about 3 months ago | (#47362383)

I believe the petty criminal before I believe the organized criminals.

Re:issue is FB post (1)

silas_moeckel (234313) | about 3 months ago | (#47362599)

You mean the private property that was probably taken with eminent domain and built with huge tax breaks? Few malls are what any fair definition of private property should be.

A court should not be allowed to force you to make a public declaration either.

Yup, sounds legit (1)

wonkey_monkey (2592601) | about 3 months ago | (#47361255)

Now, a year later, Baton Bob has filed a federal lawsuit

I guess street performing didn't turn out to be the goldmine Bob was hoping for.

One thing's for sure, we can be absolutely certain he's not doing it for the attention.

Re:Yup, sounds legit (2)

EvilJoker (192907) | about 3 months ago | (#47361447)

The system as a whole moves slowly. A year is actually a fairly short amount of time to try (and fail) to work it out within the system, and then get a lawyer to file suit.

Of course, this is assuming his claim is legit.

His story doesn't add up (1)

tomhath (637240) | about 3 months ago | (#47361319)

We're only getting one side of the story, and that side doesn't add up. This guy is an attention whore from way back.

South, black gay... luck he's not dead (3, Insightful)

tekrat (242117) | about 3 months ago | (#47361677)

This guy's first mistake was to assume he had any "rights". Is he "Baton Bob LLC"? Only corporate rights are respected by the law. Individual's rights are whatever the police feel like letting you get with at that moment, which is rapidly less and less.

Secondly, this is Atlanta Georgia, the deep south, and this guy is black and probably gay as well -- two strikes against him in the eyes of the police. Georgia is notoriously gun-happy as well, the governor having just recently signed a bill that allows open carry just about everywhere.

Frankly, this guy's lucky he wasn't shot dead on the spot for "resisting arrest". He seems to think we are living in a free country where the people have guaranteed rights. That hasn't been the situation for some time, he'd better get with the program or he'll be assigned to a gulag.

Re:South, black gay... luck he's not dead (2)

clovis (4684) | about 3 months ago | (#47362017)

You've obviously never been to Atlanta where the mayor is black as well as almost the entire city government is black.
The police department is 57% black.

As for gay being a second strike, well it does turn out that Atlanta is no longer considered the gayest city in the USA.
http://thegrio.com/2012/01/11/... [thegrio.com]

Re:South, black gay... luck he's not dead (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47362057)

Man, you histrionic morons get tiresome. "We're as bad as East Germany!" "We're as bad as Soviet Russia!" "We're as bad as Nazi Germany!!!" Huff, puff, puff.

Those who do not know their history are doomed to sound like whiny little bitches on the Internet.

Baton Bob Sighting 2 Min. Ago (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 3 months ago | (#47361909)

Holy shit I think I just saw this guy at the corner of Peachtree and Pharr, dressed as a "sexy Statue of Liberty", swinging a shiny silver stick and yelling at passing hecklers. This was literally two minutes before I read TFS.

He might want to consider moving again... (2, Funny)

damn_registrars (1103043) | about 3 months ago | (#47362211)

The wikipedia entry suggests he likely lives in or near Atlanta. We saw a while back that murder is legal in nearby Florida, and now Georgia just passed a "carry wherever the hell you want" bill into law. If he doesn't want to be shot for being a perceived threat he might want to consider living somewhere else.

Yes, I know that slashdot's conservative majority will moderate this down because they don't like the truth. They can do their worst, the moderation of this comment won't move my karma.
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