Stupid Arrest of the Week: Free Scooter Braun

Failure to tweet is now a crime on Long Island? This is pretty ridiculous. Here's the story. There's a teen pop star named Justin Bieber. In November, he had an appearance scheduled at a mall on Long Island. The place was mobbed. Police say the crowd got unruly and they told his manager, Scott "Scooter" Braun, to send out a tweet announcing the event was canceled. Police say he took too long.

The prosecutor says it took Braun 1 1/2 hours to send two tweets. Braun said it took seven minutes. Braun faces up to one year in jail if convicted on reckless endangerment and criminal nuisance.

Scooter turned himself in to police Wednesday afternoon and was arrested.

Since when is a booked guest's manager responsible for security? Isn't that the job of the store who booked his appearance, the mall or the police?

So who is Justin Bieber?

Bieber, 16, is a Canadian singer who was discovered on YouTube.

Here's Justin's twitter page. Here's a video of him singing (ok, so he is cute.) He has 1.5 million followers. #Free Scooter Braun is now trending on Twitter.

And on that, I'm calling it a night.

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    That is nuts... (none / 0) (#1)
    by kdog on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 07:39:49 AM EST
    If Scooter don't have no badge, he shouldn't be required by threat of chains to do the police's job.  Smells like a power-trip abusive arrest to me....cops said jump and Scooter didn't hop high high enough...that's a caging.

    Can't say anything the Nassau County cops do would surprise me though...they make their Suffolk County counterparts look good, no easy task mind you.  With the bank they make the least they can do is chill out and enjoy the county teet.

    Another nomination (none / 0) (#2)
    by honora on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 08:07:28 AM EST
    Teaching while drunk makes you liable for child felony endangerment? http://apnews.myway.com/article/20100325/D9ELIKM01.html

    The way I heard it, (none / 0) (#3)
    by ruffian on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 09:28:44 AM EST
    it was not a booked appearance, he was just going to the mall with his family and it got tweeted by the manager, and the crowd showed up. Not sure who is responsible for security in a situation like that. Brave new world.

    Still, arresting him is over the top.

    Ultimately the artists (none / 0) (#5)
    by SOS on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 10:33:23 AM EST
    Manager is in charge and responsible. It's up to him or her to make sure everything runs smoothly, properly, professionally, and effectively.

    I can just see (none / 0) (#4)
    by SOS on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 10:31:52 AM EST
    all these fans getting knocked around and beat up in the fray trying to read the tweets (leave-it's canceled) on their cell phones.

    So this is what modern day communication has come to huh?

    It's bad enough seeing some (none / 0) (#6)
    by SOS on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 10:35:04 AM EST
    moron barreling down the street in a giant SUV totally oblivious to everything and everybody while yapping on the cell.

    Cell phone yakking (none / 0) (#7)
    by DancingOpossum on Thu Mar 25, 2010 at 11:15:31 AM EST
    ...like texting, is monumentally stupid and reckless. Numerous studies (and the Mythbusters!!) have found that using a cell phone while driving is more dangerous than drunk driving.

    But at least one group of jurors are saying that if you text while you drive and you hurt someone you will pay -- a driver who was texting when he ran into, and killed, a student has to pony up $22 million in damages: