Mayors Gone Wild II - How do you get banned for life from a State Fair?
The mayor of Rapid City, S.D., says he has been banned for life from the Iowa State Fair after being charged for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.
Jim Shaw, 59, says the trouble started last Friday night after complaining that a vehicle was barreling through a crowd of pedestrians inside the fair's gates. The mayor claims he approached the driver and was confronted by the Iowa State Fair Patrol.
"The next thing I know, he throws me to the ground, handcuffs me like I'm some escaped murderer, and I was carried to the substation," Shaw says.
State fair officials, who contract patrol officers for the 11-day event, confirmed the charges against Shaw. They said details were in a report at the Polk County sheriff's office, but officials there say no such report exists.and...
"I told them I am a mayor of a community that has lots and lots of tourists," says Shaw, whose city is set in the heart of the Black Hills. "I said if any of our police officers treated visitors to our community the way you're treating me, I'm sure they'd be fired."
Read the Associated Press Story here. "What? You can't do that to me. I'm a Mayor!" Oh please. I'll bet they cuffed and stuffed him.
By all reports, Mayor shaw is a nice guy (and certainly seemed so when I was in RC watching him on tv). But I don't think that his position in Rapid City automatically gives him license to be a buttinsky when he perceives injustice and fast drving at State Fairs.
Speaking of questioning the conduct of a public servant, Disorderly conduct and resisting arrest? That sounds like behavior from a drunken college student, not the leader of the second largest city in the state.
The Des Moines Register has a little more on Shaw's personal tale of State Fair woe:
Shaw said he never struggled and did not deserve the resisting arrest citation. The officer told Shaw that he was attempting to pull away, hence the charge. A first-aid worker came to bandage his knee. When asked what happened, an embarrassed Shaw said he simply fell down. When he was released at about 11 p.m., he was told he was banned from the fair for life.
“He walked me to the gate and wished me good luck like I was getting out of prison in a James Cagney movie. My daughter was sitting on the car crying, she didn’t know where I’d been,” he said. “I have to tell you, I was humbled. I was humiliated. I was embarrassed about the whole thing, but I was also angry about it.
Now, he may contest the charges. Shaw claims he never wanted special treatment because of his status as the city’s mayor, he said, but instead showed them his business card to prove that he wasn’t there to cause trouble.
(Read it here) He just pulled out his little business card to wave in front of the officer. I'll just bet he wasn't asking for special treatment.
And now he's banned for life. No funnel cakes for you!
I'll stay on top of this tent full of freakery as it develops on the Iowa State Fair midway.