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As a serially unsuccessful political candidate bent on repealing Social Security, William Larsen has proved his willingness to challenge the status quo. But challenging a federal entitlement popular with millions of Americans was child’s play compared to what happened to Larsen when he threatened the high school musical establishment’s revenue stream.
For his troubles, the disabled Navy veteran was put in a headlock by a Fort Wayne Police officer, charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, handcuffed and hauled off to jail – all because he insisted on videotaping his daughter’s show-choir performance.
Larsen had just paid $8 for his ticket when he was told he would not be allowed to videotape the event – a warning reinforced by several signs. Larsen said something like “I paid my money. I’ll do as I please,” refusing to leave his camera at the door before pushing his way into the gym.
Larsen’s “belligerent” response drew the attention of off-duty Fort Wayne Police Sgt. Allen Glock, who had been hired by Northrop to provide security for the event. The 26-year veteran warned Larsen he would be removed from the school if he taped the competition.
“We’ll see about that,” Larsen replied, questioning Glock’s authority to arrest him.
Could Larsen have handled the situation better? No doubt. Even Lenore, his wife of 24 years, admits he “has a tendency to blow things out of proportion.”
He wonders how Northrop’s choir department could have signed a contract allowing Huntington Media Services Inc. exclusive rights to videotape his daughter for profit without his permission, while denying him the ability to do the same, using his own equipment, in a public school.
He wonders how he could be arrested, manhandled, sent to jail and charged with a crime when even the police acknowledged his videotaping would have broken no law – and his camera was still under his seat, in any case.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by elevatedone
My only concern is that parents where not allowed to tape their child's recital?
First of all, not permitting a parent to videotape their own child in a facillity tax dollars funded because the public school signed a for profit "exclusivity" contract is a violation of the first amendment.
Second of all, did the guy's actions, regardless of whether the cop thought he was clowning or serious, warrant a headlock and drag backwards out of his seat?
Originally posted by Grafilthy
I have questions about the cop being OFF DUTY.
Does this have any type of implications of assault by grabbing this man???
Even if he did break a "rule"....not a law?
I would have knocked the guy on his a$$ if he did not have a visible badge and uniform.
Each state with the exception of North Carolina permits citizen arrests if the commission of felony is witnessed by the arresting citizen, or when a citizen is asked to assist in the apprehension of a suspect by police. The application of state laws varies widely with respect to misdemeanors, breaches of the peace, and felonies not witnessed by the arresting party. American citizens do not carry the authority or enjoy the legal protections of police, and are held to the principle of strict liability before the courts of civil- and criminal law including but not limited to any infringement of another's rights.
Originally posted by jackinthebox
You break the rules, you go to jail. If he wanted to argue against the rule, the cop is not the person to hear his grievance. It's the job of the officer to enforce the rules, period.
The 26-year veteran warned Larsen he would be removed from the school if he taped the competition.
You are wrong. It isn't the cop's job to enforce any rules of the school.
If I walk into a buisness that says "No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service" wearing only a pair of shorts, then I can only be prosecuted for tresspassing after I have been ordered to vacate the premises by an officer of the law.
That's the key here, HE NEVER TAPED ANYTHING.