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2013-11-05 09:10:18 AM  
Illegal warehouse party, cops are dicks and hipsters are smartasses.

Welcome to Baltimore. Enjoy Central Booking.
 
2013-11-05 09:27:03 AM  
Scialom was found with "suspected marihuana"

Not suspected marihuana!
 
2013-11-05 09:33:54 AM  
cdn.acidcow.com

What? I don't even own a camera!
 
2013-11-05 10:28:41 AM  
There is a difference between the police in this country and Nazis.

Nazis had much nicer uniforms.
 
2013-11-05 11:02:59 AM  
Now this is how you do misleading headlines.
 
2013-11-05 11:05:19 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: There is a difference between the police in this country and Nazis.

Nazis had much nicer uniforms.


well, there was that whole deal with the Jews.

But let's not exaggerate.

0_o
 
2013-11-05 11:07:37 AM  
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2013-11-05 11:07:55 AM  

frepnog: Marcus Aurelius: There is a difference between the police in this country and Nazis.

Nazis had much nicer uniforms.

well, there was that whole deal with the Jews.

But let's not exaggerate.

0_o


What deal?? They get an automatic 10% off??


/in before Fark halocaust deniers.
 
2013-11-05 11:08:42 AM  
th00.deviantart.net
 
2013-11-05 11:09:35 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org

He is very photogenic
 
2013-11-05 11:10:31 AM  

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2013-11-05 11:10:55 AM  
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2013-11-05 11:19:00 AM  
UPDATES: Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton (

Just before midnight on Saturday, November 1, police raided a City Paper contributing photographer Noah Scialom. The raid comes after two
I drove to the Coward Shoe cover show at approximately 11:30 pm on Friday, November 1. Upon walking up to the party, I noticed two police cars sitting on Howard St, one with lights slowly flashing red and blue. I proceeded to walk inside and observed one police officer talking to someone who seemed to be an organizer of the party. I went ahead to pay, but the people taking money let me go up for free, and I was told to just pay later. I was on the second floor (one floor below the band) saying hi to friends, when I noticed the same police officer was now walking around, talking on the radio.

There were no announcements to leave, and people were still mingling, however I assumed that at any moment the party would end. I then went upstairs to hear the music because I wasn't sure what was going to happen or how much longer they would be allowed to play, and before even finishing their set, the band announced to the crowd that the police were there and that everyone had to leave, the party was over. People began to disperse, I gave my giant styrofoam skull to a friend, and began taking photos in earnest. I went to the staircase and took a few frames of people leaving. I could hear noise above me and went back up a few steps and took pictures of police officers yelling at people who were not leaving fast enough. A police officer in the stairwell shoved my camera away from my face, I advised him not to touch me, and that I am a member of the press working for the Baltimore City Paper. They heard me and continued to order me to leave. As I began to walk down the stairs and continued to take photos,  one Police officer grabbed my upper arm and forcefully led me down,and I stumbled down the few remaining steps. As the officer shoved me out the door, he proclaimed confusingly to "get your monkey ass outta here." I walked out of Summa to the sidewalk and continued to take photos of people leaving the party.

At this point, Sgt. Wilson (whose name I later got from his badge), who had been standing just outside the doors, was directing people to leave. I continued to take photos and had stopped walking once I reached the sidewalk. I consciously said to myself that I am a safe, because I am on public property. Sgt. Wilson was moving about, telling people to leave, standing about five feet away from me. I took a few quick photos of him (including the one here), understanding from his rather tense jaw that he did not like it. He said nothing directly to me. I turned to my left and took another photograph of an officer standing by the fence, at which point I was, without warning, violently taken to the ground by Sgt. Wilson and my camera flew from my hand and bounced on the pavement. A knee was jabbing me in the back, and Sgt. Wilson was screaming for me to stop resisting as I lay there covered in police. I saw CP web editor and photographer Joe Giordano pick up my camera, and I told him to keep shooting. I was cuffed and on the ground surrounded by police and partygoers, then was picked up by a different police officer who roughly moved me toward the paddy-wagon and then shoved me inside after opening the doors. It was empty. This police officer then drove from the parking lot to the middle of the street. He left me alone in the wagon, and I started taking pictures from my cellphone and uploaded one photo to Instagram to make my ordeal public. I also texted a friend for a lawyer's phone number, figuring I would probably need it to get out of jail.

The officer quickly drives off as I slide around into the metal frame of the wagon. At some point we stop and as he opened the door, I began to walk out thinking we were at the police station. He climbs in and pushes me back so that I fall on my handcuffed wrists to grab at my pocket for my phone, angrily saying "give me your phone." Our next stop is at Central District. He tells me to get out. He pulls me in the door, tells me to have a seat on the bench, which I do. I was then handcuffed to the bench which further restricted my movement. I wait, talk to a few officers, and eventually Sgt. Wilson shows up. He asked if I was injured, suggesting that if I wasn't then he would let me go. If I claimed that if I was injured, then I would be going to jail. Sgt. Wilson tells me this as another police officer who looks like a fat Chandler from Friends listens and writes down the official arresting report. I asked him if bruises and pain counted as injuries, and he says that now I am going to jail for being a smartass. I informed him that it was his choice.

About 20 minutes later, they put me in flex cuffs pulled extremely tightly ("cuffs aren't made for comfort," Sgt. Wilson informed me), and into another wagon driven by a female officer who takes me to Central Booking. After ten minutes of sitting in the male intake room another arrestee kicks me in my left shoulder. Everyone saw it and two correctional officers led him outside where he continued to kick the door screaming that he was going to kill all of us. When the CO goes to cut off my flexcuffs, he takes one look at my wrists and says "Damn." and to my great relief cuts me free. I am then fingerprinted, processed, officially charged with "disobeying a lawful order," and led into a room with nine other men where we are left to our own devices until morning. At 10am I was let out into a beautiful November morning with a court date to look forward to and a stroll back to Summa to pick up my van and go home.
 
2013-11-05 11:19:25 AM  
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UPDATES: Baltimore Sun reporter Justin Fenton (@justin_fenton) tweeted out the "Statement of Probable Cause" against Scialom, and it seems to contradictorily describe him as "in the vestibule" and blocking "the narrow sidewalk" at the same time, and also notes that Scialom was found with "suspected marihuana" during booking. Fenton also tweeted: "Why did city cops bust up the Coward Shoe party? They say organizers were operating as an illegal "bottle club" in violation of state law."

Just before midnight on Saturday, November 1, police raided a concert at Summa (formerly Coward Shoe; 322 Howard St.), which was to feature Ed Schrader, Roomrunner, White Life, and Uplift Mofos covering other artists. During Uplift Mofos' set, police rushed in, clearing out the venue, and arrested City Paper contributing photographer Noah Scialom. The raid comes after two previous raids of another DIY venue, the Broom Factory, prompting more questions about a police crackdown on such spaces. Here is Scialom's account of the raid.

I drove to the Coward Shoe cover show at approximately 11:30 pm on Friday, November 1. Upon walking up to the party, I noticed two police cars sitting on Howard St, one with lights slowly flashing red and blue. I proceeded to walk inside and observed one police officer talking to someone who seemed to be an organizer of the party. I went ahead to pay, but the people taking money let me go up for free, and I was told to just pay later. I was on the second floor (one floor below the band) saying hi to friends, when I noticed the same police officer was now walking around, talking on the radio.

There were no announcements to leave, and people were still mingling, however I assumed that at any moment the party would end. I then went upstairs to hear the music because I wasn't sure what was going to happen or how much longer they would be allowed to play, and before even finishing their set, the band announced to the crowd that the police were there and that everyone had to leave, the party was over. People began to disperse, I gave my giant styrofoam skull to a friend, and began taking photos in earnest. I went to the staircase and took a few frames of people leaving. I could hear noise above me and went back up a few steps and took pictures of police officers yelling at people who were not leaving fast enough. A police officer in the stairwell shoved my camera away from my face, I advised him not to touch me, and that I am a member of the press working for the Baltimore City Paper. They heard me and continued to order me to leave. As I began to walk down the stairs and continued to take photos, one Police officer grabbed my upper arm and forcefully led me down,and I stumbled down the few remaining steps. As the officer shoved me out the door, he proclaimed confusingly to "get your monkey ass outta here." I walked out of Summa to the sidewalk and continued to take photos of people leaving the party.

At this point, Sgt. Wilson (whose name I later got from his badge), who had been standing just outside the doors, was directing people to leave. I continued to take photos and had stopped walking once I reached the sidewalk. I consciously said to myself that I am a safe, because I am on public property. Sgt. Wilson was moving about, telling people to leave, standing about five feet away from me. I took a few quick photos of him (including the one here), understanding from his rather tense jaw that he did not like it. He said nothing directly to me. I turned to my left and took another photograph of an officer standing by the fence, at which point I was, without warning, violently taken to the ground by Sgt. Wilson and my camera flew from my hand and bounced on the pavement. A knee was jabbing me in the back, and Sgt. Wilson was screaming for me to stop resisting as I lay there covered in police. I saw CP web editor and photographer Joe Giordano pick up my camera, and I told him to keep shooting. I was cuffed and on the ground surrounded by police and partygoers, then was picked up by a different police officer who roughly moved me toward the paddy-wagon and then shoved me inside after opening the doors. It was empty. This police officer then drove from the parking lot to the middle of the street. He left me alone in the wagon, and I started taking pictures from my cellphone and uploaded one photo to Instagram to make my ordeal public. I also texted a friend for a lawyer's phone number, figuring I would probably need it to get out of jail.

The officer quickly drives off as I slide around into the metal frame of the wagon. At some point we stop and as he opened the door, I began to walk out thinking we were at the police station. He climbs in and pushes me back so that I fall on my handcuffed wrists to grab at my pocket for my phone, angrily saying "give me your phone." Our next stop is at Central District. He tells me to get out. He pulls me in the door, tells me to have a seat on the bench, which I do. I was then handcuffed to the bench which further restricted my movement. I wait, talk to a few officers, and eventually Sgt. Wilson shows up. He asked if I was injured, suggesting that if I wasn't then he would let me go. If I claimed that if I was injured, then I would be going to jail. Sgt. Wilson tells me this as another police officer who looks like a fat Chandler from Friends listens and writes down the official arresting report. I asked him if bruises and pain counted as injuries, and he says that now I am going to jail for being a smartass. I informed him that it was his choice.

About 20 minutes later, they put me in flex cuffs pulled extremely tightly ("cuffs aren't made for comfort," Sgt. Wilson informed me), and into another wagon driven by a female officer who takes me to Central Booking. After ten minutes of sitting in the male intake room another arrestee kicks me in my left shoulder. Everyone saw it and two correctional officers led him outside where he continued to kick the door screaming that he was going to kill all of us. When the CO goes to cut off my flexcuffs, he takes one look at my wrists and says "Damn." and to my great relief cuts me free. I am then fingerprinted, processed, officially charged with "disobeying a lawful order," and led into a room with nine other men where we are left to our own devices until morning. At 10am I was let out into a beautiful November morning with a court date to look forward to and a stroll back to Summa to pick up my van and go home.
 
2013-11-05 11:20:16 AM  
Excellent,  Subby!
 
2013-11-05 11:20:27 AM  

ChipNASA: frepnog: Marcus Aurelius: There is a difference between the police in this country and Nazis.

Nazis had much nicer uniforms.

well, there was that whole deal with the Jews.

But let's not exaggerate.

0_o

What deal?? They get an automatic 10% off??


/in before Fark halocaust deniers.


Let's be honest, it's not exactly like that's a hot deal or fire sale
 
2013-11-05 11:21:06 AM  

Victoly: [upload.wikimedia.org image 300x397]

He is very photogenic


Damn you, that was my idea.

/The force is strong with this one
 
2013-11-05 11:28:09 AM  

Marcus Aurelius: There is a difference between the police in this country and Nazis.

Nazis had much nicer uniforms.


Now thats not fair. To the nazi's.

That said, it seems this was nothing more then a Saturday Night Fish Fry.
 
2013-11-05 11:30:29 AM  
This wasn't the CP story I was expecting.....
 
2013-11-05 11:32:02 AM  

TFA: Just before midnight on Saturday, November 1, police raided


Sweet attention whoring Jesus, will someone please shank this guy?
 
2013-11-05 11:35:57 AM  
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-11-05 11:37:32 AM  
Crystal Palace is bloody awful, but I still think they should be allowed media exposure
 
2013-11-05 11:42:15 AM  
tl;dr
Bad things happen when you hang out where the liquor laws are being broken.
Worse things happen if you are a dick to the cops while they are clearing out the place.
 
2013-11-05 11:50:24 AM  

HaywoodJablonski: Crystal Palace is bloody awful, but I still think they should be allowed media exposure


Listen, they're only up for a season, then they'll be back in the Championship and we'll be making fun of 'Arry and QPR.
 
2013-11-05 12:12:27 PM  
WTF was that stupid farking article.
 
2013-11-05 12:18:38 PM  
Welcome to Fark.
 
2013-11-05 12:19:28 PM  

abhorrent1: WTF was that stupid farking article.


fastfxr: Welcome to Fark.


So THAT's what WTF means. I always wondered.
 
2013-11-05 12:34:34 PM  
Paddy Wagon is a derogatory term. Keep using it aand you'll get a pair of Irish Sunglasses.
 
2013-11-05 12:44:59 PM  

FrancoFile: tl;dr
Bad things happen when you hang out where the liquor laws are being broken.
Worse things happen if you are a dick to the cops while they are clearing out the place.


do you always suck cop dick? or only on days ending in 'Y'.
 
2013-11-05 12:50:49 PM  

Lehk: FrancoFile: tl;dr
Bad things happen when you hang out where the liquor laws are being broken.
Worse things happen if you are a dick to the cops while they are clearing out the place.

do you always suck cop dick? or only on days ending in 'Y'.


There are a lot of cases where the police are in the wrong but this doesn't sound like one of them and the charge sounds reasonable.  Even from his rose colored recalling of events he sounds like he was being a douchebag when an illegal event was being broken up because he thinks his camera gives him some special permission.
 
2013-11-05 01:00:41 PM  

Lehk: FrancoFile: tl;dr
Bad things happen when you hang out where the liquor laws are being broken.
Worse things happen if you are a dick to the cops while they are clearing out the place.

do you always suck cop dick? or only on days ending in 'Y'.


I'm making a statement of fact.

If you believe the photographer's story, then the cops over-reacted when they kneed him, knocked down his camera, and arrested him.  I'd go so far as to say they might have arrested him without probable cause.  But we have only one side of the story.  And the photographer plainly states that he was not expeditiously vacating the property, but was instead stopping inside to take pictures of other people leaving the building.

Large crowds, alcohol violations, late night, warehouse district, Baltimore.

The reasonable, smart, and safe thing to do would have been to vacate the building and to step back from the immediate area before going into full asshole-photographer mode.  You can get BETTER photos from 25 feet back, because you're capturing the entire context.  Plus we invented this nifty "zoom" technology a while back, too.
 
2013-11-05 01:13:47 PM  

vygramul: abhorrent1: WTF was that stupid farking article.

fastfxr: Welcome to Fark.

So THAT's what WTF means. I always wondered.


What The fark
 
2013-11-05 01:33:43 PM  
I'm perplexed by why this is on Fark unless this guy in the story is a Farker because the headline is dumb and the article is of zero interest to virtually everyone and I'm not even really sure what I read except some newspaper nerd whining about his flex-cuffs being too tight boohoo
 
2013-11-05 01:37:02 PM  
Also this FTA: he proclaimed confusingly to "get your monkey ass outta here."

That's racist. It was confusing that he called you a monkey, because only blacks look like monkeys, and you aren't black. That's what you're saying there.
 
2013-11-05 04:53:00 PM  

MythDragon: Victoly: [upload.wikimedia.org image 300x397]

He is very photogenic

Damn you, that was my idea.

/The force is strong with this one


That's OK, you can cp it.
 
2013-11-05 10:54:59 PM  
What a tool.  If you're going to a party or small event and you see cop cars with flashing lights (even slow flashing!), just go right on past.  Cruise by again in half an hour.  This is double-obvious if you've got one or more controlled substances on your person.
 
2013-11-06 01:38:25 AM  
Cheese Pizza photographer?
img.fark.net
 
2013-11-06 10:06:07 AM  
Photography is not a crime. Taking pictures of police activity in public places is not a crime; indeed it is a civic duty. That's true even if the photographer is not a newspaper employee, though this one was.

Police officers who are obeying the law have nothing to fear from such lawful monitoring.
 
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