The Blotter May 01 2010

Bizarre crimes from Atlanta police reports

[image-1]GENERATION GAP: Around 7:30 p.m., an officer saw a middle-aged man outside a building on Peachtree Street. The officer noted that he had seen the man earlier and "he was not waiting on any vehicles, was not smoking a cigarette, and was not going into the establishment." Then, the officer saw a couple walking and "I observed him playing his harmonica and walking toward the couple, obstructing their path and they had to walk away from him to avoid him."

The officer asked the man to take his activity elsewhere. The man replied, "Son, I've been playing my harmonica for 15 years and here you come with this pussy shit, telling me that this is wrong."

The officer said he asked the man to address him as "officer" and tone down his voice. The man replied, "You are old enough to be my son."

The officer said, "I told [him] that I may be younger, but I asked you to leave the area as I respectfully asked."

The man allegedly refused to go, so the officer arrested him on charges of blocking a public way and using fighting words. After the arrest, the 56-year-old man allegedly kicked the wall inside the officer's patrol car.

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