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Baton Bob Strikes Back Against Police That Coerced Facebook Post From Him 203

Posted by timothy
from the bizarro-world-southeast-division dept.
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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Baton Bob Strikes Back Against Police That Coerced Facebook Post From Him

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  • Longtime resident (Score:5, Informative)

    by fightermagethief (3645291) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @11:01AM (#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:lol mimes (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @11:01AM (#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:Seriously? (Score:5, Informative)

    by McGruber (1417641) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @11:43AM (#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:lol mimes (Score:4, Informative)

    by Noah Haders (3621429) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @12:15PM (#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:Why (Score:4, Informative)

    by TheCarp (96830) <sjc AT carpanet DOT net> on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @12:33PM (#47361651) Homepage

    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:Seriously? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @01:09PM (#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? (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @01:36PM (#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? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @01:49PM (#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? (Score:5, Informative)

    by HeckRuler (1369601) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @01:59PM (#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:Why (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @02:18PM (#47362761)

    "Members of the jury, the cops say they spoke to my client, and he dictated a message for them to put on his FB page. but I have here the testimony of several other prisoners proving that they never even bothered to speak to my client at all. This is backed up by video footage showing he was tossed into the holding cell and not spoken to again by the police...."

    At least if they spoke with him, they have evidence they spoke with him. They can lie about the details.

  • by Fjandr (66656) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @02:25PM (#47362825) Homepage Journal

    You've either never lived in a decently-sized city, or aren't paying attention if you really need citations to believe it happens. In my city, there are roughly a half-dozen fatal police shootings of unarmed suspects every year. Only one officer has ever been indicted, much less convicted (and is fortunately in prison currently), in the nearly ten years I've lived here.

  • Re:Seriously? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Rakarra (112805) on Tuesday July 01, 2014 @04:19PM (#47363769)

    Yeah, I hate to do this too, but the chronology of events seems to be:
    *) Police cut off burglar bars, smash in door.
    *) Police announce themselves, then enter.
    *) Grandmother fires shot.
    *) Police fire back.

    "39 shots, five or six of which hit." Some of those hits were on each other, further cementing their reputation as Keystone Kops.

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