Look Out Kid, It’s Something You Did

Bob DylanAs with the Gates incident, there are two stories here, and the media are picking up on only one. Everyone’s asking: why didn’t this police officer know who Bob Dylan was? Nobody’s asking: regardless of whether he was Bob Dylan or Bob the Builder, what right did this police officer have to demand his papers and force him into her car when there was no evidence of his having violated any law?


10 Responses to Look Out Kid, It’s Something You Did

  1. Roderick August 15, 2009 at 10:06 am #

    Apologies to Gary Chartier if a tune gets lodged in his head as a result of this post’s title.

  2. Anon73 August 15, 2009 at 12:04 pm #

    “freewheelin’ and acting suspiciously”? Is this the USSA now? 🙁

    • Anon73 August 15, 2009 at 12:37 pm #

      Actually here’s another story just like it:


      The thing itself is the abuse!

      • Roderick August 15, 2009 at 10:03 pm #

        “I was really hassled perhaps because of my name being Khan”

        • Zach Bibeault August 16, 2009 at 4:11 pm #


        • Brandon August 17, 2009 at 9:48 am #

          I think Shatner did a very good job acting in that flick. So did Pauline Kael. Nick Meyer said he got a good performance out of him by making him do so many takes that he got bored, and it became more naturalistic.

  3. Daniel August 15, 2009 at 5:35 pm #

    The moment the police officer decided she would take him in, were Bob Dylan to resist in any way, she could then (by the book) charge him with “disorderly conduct” and “resisting arrest.” U.S. police powers applied ad hoc are laughably circular in justification.

    • Anon73 August 15, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

      Yeah it’s one of those things which would be funny in its absurdity if it wasn’t so tragic and brutal and times.

  4. TGGP August 16, 2009 at 6:05 pm #

    Maybe the police officer was just pretending not to know him so they’d get to arrest him and then tell everybody “Hey, I had Bob Dylan in my paddywagon!”

  5. Bob Kaercher August 18, 2009 at 2:28 pm #

    I had a pretty big *WTF???* moment when I first read about the Dylan incident.

    Gosh, I don’t know what on Earth we’d ever do if didn’t have tax-funded police protection.

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