Apparently, Wearing a silly costume is now illegal

If people are frightened of how you look, then the police can arrest you in Minneapolis.

By the way, the head line even jumped on the paranoia band wagon. They weren't carrying fake WMDs. According to the article, they were carrying backpacks for portable stereos.

'Zombies' booked for carrying fake WMDs "

MINNEAPOLIS -- Six friends spruced up in fake blood and tattered clothing were arrested in downtown Minneapolis on suspicion of toting "simulated weapons of mass destruction."

Police said the group were allegedly carrying bags with wires sticking out, making it look like a bomb, while meandering and dancing to music as part of a "zombie dance party" Saturday night.

"They were arrested for behavior that was suspicious and disturbing," said Lt. Gregory Reinhardt, a police spokesman. Police also said the group was uncooperative and intimidated people with their "ghoulish" makeup.

So if people are intimdated but how you dress, you are a threat to national security.

"Given the circumstance of them being uncooperative [which those arrested have disputed]... why would you have those (bags) if not to intimidate people?" said Inspector Janee Harteau. "It's not a case of (police) overreacting."

Um. Maybe to carry stuff in costume?

Ok, so maybe the police paniced and overreacted at seeing someone in a Zombie costume. Maybe the honestly thought Al Quaida was raising the dead to walk silly and play music in Minneapolis.

Misunderstandings happen. So of course, the police must have apologized for the misunderstanding and sent them on their way, right?

Kate Kibby, one of those arrested...said they were cooperative and followed thetwo officers to the station where they were questioned and eventually loaded into a van and booked into jail.

Members of the group could face lesser charges like disorderly conduct, police said.

So just so we know the score, the name of Homeland Security, you cannot dress up as a zombie and carry a stereo. When will this madness stop?

1 comment:

Jon Clarke said...

suspicious and disturbing? No wonder the midwest don't want me.