View Full Version : Atlanta police nails the true criminals: Jaywalkers.

Thig Lyfe
01-11-2007, 12:08 AM
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0Hello - commatard on the loose.11069-2541133,00.html

Jaywalking don hit by full force of the law
Will Pavia

A distinguished British historian who tried to cross a road in Atlanta, Georgia, has complained of being wrestled to the ground, pinioned by five police officers and incarcerated.

Felipe Fernández-Armesto, 56, visiting Professor of Global Environmental History at Queen Mary, University of London, was attending the conference of the American Historical Association last Thursday when he was caught jaywalking.

“I’m a mass of contusions and grazes,” he said in an interview shown on the website YouTube.

“I come from a country where you can cross the road where you like,” he said. “It hadn’t occurred to me that I wasn’t allowed to cross the road between the two main conference venues.”

He was not the only historian so to offend. A policeman called Kevin Leonpacher led a crackdown on the scholars, cautioning several before confronting the British professor, whose work has been compared to that of the 18th-century greats Gibbon and Montesquieu.

“I didn’t appreciate the gravity of the offence,” he said. “And I didn’t recognise him as a policeman. He was wearing . . . a bomber jacket, like a jerkin.”

The officer asked the professor for identification. The professor asked the officer for identification. Officer Leonpacher then told him that he was under arrest and, according to the professor, subjected him to “terrible, terrible violence”.

He said: “This young man kicked my legs from under me, wrenched me round, pinned me to the ground, wrenched my arms behind my back, handcuffed me.” As he bridled at this treatment, Officer Leonpacher called for help and soon “I had five burly policemen pinioning me to the ground”.

His colleagues were astonished. It was “like he was Osama bin Laden or something”, said Lisa Kazmier, a historian from Philadelphia.

The professor had hoped to spend the afternoon listening to his fellows discoursing on arcane topics. Instead, he was handcuffed to another suspect in a “filthy paddywagon” and fingerprinted in a detention centre, where his peppermints were confiscated. His bail was set at £720 and he remained behind bars for eight hours. When he told a judge his side of the story in court the next morning the case was dropped.

Officer Leonpacher was unrepentant, saying: “He chose to ignore a uniformed officer. At what point can anyone say I overreacted?”

The professor’s wife, Lesley, told The Times yesterday: “I suppose it’s lucky he wasn’t shot.”

The professor said that, as an “ageing member of the bourgeoisie”, he found it all educational — and was now seen by many of his colleagues “as a combination of Rambo, because it took five cops to pin me to the ground, and Perry Mason, because my eloquence before a judge obtained my immediate release”.

Walk, don't walk
# Georgia’s criminal code, Section 40-6-96, states: “Where a sidewalk is provided, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway”

# A police officer was present when the professor, right, attempted to cross the road, so he was charged with being in breach of Section 40-6-90:

# It states: “A pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic-control device specifically applicable to him, unless otherwise directed by a police officer”

(Stupid f*cking outdated "commatard on the loose" auto-replace is f*cking up the link)

01-11-2007, 12:13 AM
The AHA has been excitedly campaiging this event in Atlanta pretty hard core, they are probably real mad this happened.

01-11-2007, 12:26 AM
As stupid as this sounds (and is made to sound by the author of that article), in major cities, pedestrians absolutely ignoring signals and directions is a problem. I work in downtown Chicago, and I can assure you that pedestrians are responsible for damn near all the gridlock and congestion in the Loop. People who continue to cross at an intersection after the DON'T WALK sign flashes cause the cars trying to turn at that intersection to miss the light, and that in turn backs up traffic. This happens everywhere, with expected results. I estimate that 7 out of 10 Chicagoans ignore most traffic signals and are absolutely oblivious to cars (and everything else) around them when walking. The cops direct traffic at some of the busiest intersections, but most people ignore them, and I've never seen a traffic cop give a pedestrian a ticket.

Anyone who doesn't believe me is invited to drive through the Chicago Loop at 5:00 p.m. on weeknight. It really sucks if you're in a cab and the meter is running. These people are out of control.

01-11-2007, 03:30 AM
Good thing he wasn't in South Central LA-Cops would have best him to death.