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Sword-carrying Joker arrested in Virginia, police say

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posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 10:39 AM
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The Joker is behind bars. It’s a storyline that could be straight out of the comic books.

Yet in Winchester, Virginia, it's a true story.

Local police said they arrested a man dressed like the famous comic book villain – decked out in a cape and carrying a sword.

Police spokesperson Jennifer Hall said the department received several 911 calls Friday afternoon reporting a man made up as Batman’s nemesis.

Thirty-one-year-old Jeremy Putman was arrested and charged with wearing a mask in public, a felony in the state of Virginia that can result in a year in jail.

It wasn’t immediately clear whether Putman has a lawyer.


Crisis Averted, back to Arkham with you!
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posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 10:46 AM
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a reply to: Lysergic

So, like, was the sword the problem? I've carried many a sword down the street, how else you get it from place to place!



posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 10:47 AM
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a reply to: Lysergic

Wait what?


So putting on a snip ton of make up is wearing a mask?


Oh boy, now THAT should make some ladies nervous!




posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 10:49 AM
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a reply to: tayton

A felony to wear a mask in public in Virginia, guess they are saying his make up is a mask.



posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 10:50 AM
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a reply to: seeker1963

Who doesn't like to get tarted up now and then?



posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 10:50 AM
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a reply to: seeker1963

Who doesn't like to get tarted up now and then?



posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 10:54 AM
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originally posted by: Lysergic
a reply to: seeker1963

Who doesn't like to get tarted up now and then?


I love tarts!

Just don't like waking up next to em in the morning to see what was actually underneath that warpaint!


That probably says more negatively about me than them though, but hey, live life dangerously!



posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 11:11 AM
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a reply to: Lysergic


But the sword had to be the clincher, otherwise just a guy with painted face, lol



posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 11:11 AM
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charged with wearing a mask in public


America sure does have some weird laws, what happens on halloween or if somebody is throwing a fancy dress party ?

And since when is face paint a mask ?

Does it mean that clowns are illegal ?
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posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 11:18 AM
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a reply to: Lysergic


Thirty-one-year-old Jeremy Putman was arrested and charged with wearing a mask in public, a felony in the state of Virginia that can result in a year in jail.

Fooling the facial recognition software used to track us is a felony...



posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 11:35 AM
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a reply to: intrptr

Ah! Yea,yes,yes, never thought of that



posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 11:42 AM
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a reply to: Lysergic

A) That is not a mask.

B) Even if it was, prohibiting certain manners of dress is not the action of a free society.

You have a felony here, which is only a criminal offense in the same way as a chocolate eclair is a space station. Regardless of the paperwork involved, this was not a mask, and masks are not dangerous.

That being said, the fact that the fellow was wandering about brandishing a sword is a different matter. I have long been of the opinion that I ought to, as a citizen of Britain, be allowed to walk around any part of my homeland with a sword at either my hip or back, or both for that matter. However, there is a difference between carrying one on ones person, and brandishing one. That is cause for concern, thats for certain.



posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 11:44 AM
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a reply to: tayton

Imo, thats what the whole anti burkha thing is really about, too.



posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 11:59 AM
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yup, couldn't find any real charges ( not even carrying of a weapon without a permit evidently), so to appease all the scared townsfolk they had to dig deep. . . and the best they could dig up was 'you're wearing too much makeup son'. Yup, I foresee a lawsuit on this one.



posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 12:10 PM
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a reply to: intrptr

Do Burkha's get a free pass in Virginia then?
That seems like discriminatory state law.
Heck even here in Britain there are no laws banning masks in public.



posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 12:13 PM
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a reply to: TrueBrit

I think it shows how messed up America really is when he's arrested for wearing a mask, not for carrying around a sword



posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 12:15 PM
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So why was he dressed like the Joker carrying a sword?



Cosplay Con nearby?

Or

Just felt like doing the whole Joker thang?


I'd like to know haha



posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 12:19 PM
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a reply to: Discotech

Agreed.

I mean, if it was in a sheath, at his hip then I fail to see why there would be a problem, since you can carry a gun in a visible holster there at age eighteen and over. One has to be able to see that a gun has a greater range, therefore carries more implicit threat than a sword.



posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 12:58 PM
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originally posted by: grainofsand
a reply to: intrptr

Do Burkha's get a free pass in Virginia then?
That seems like discriminatory state law.
Heck even here in Britain there are no laws banning masks in public.


Dunno, I'm on the west coast. Here everything is illegal.



posted on Mar, 25 2017 @ 01:07 PM
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a reply to: intrptr

Lol fair one.
I have to say though I imagine if I walked through town with a ski mask on, I'd at the least attract the interest of a cop. If the cop then chose to speak to me because he/she had 'reasonable suspicion' then I'd have to remove it if asked, or be arrested and mask removed forcibly.
Same with Burkhas in the UK if a cop has suspicion and wants to confirm identity.
The only difference is the burkha would be removed at the station to avoid religious outrage or whatever.



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