More on little Jimmy's trip to the Iowa State Fair
Dear Diary:Well, that's a narrative, but it isn't exactly the narrative that Rapid City Mayor Jim Shaw gave to the Rapid City Journal about his recollection of the events of a couple of days ago. Scott Aust of the Rapid City Journal appears to have gotten stuck with that assignment as the Mayor gave his sugar coated narrative of what happened.
"The other day, I went to the Iowa State Fair. The beef judging and the 4-H exhibits were cool. Except for that part where I beat on a car window and got cuffed and stuffed. Then I was sad."
As he lay face down on the warm pavement, hands cuffed behind his back and blood seeping from a cut knee, Rapid City Mayor Jim Shaw wondered what the heck was happening. “It’s almost like being in a bad dream,” Shaw said during a Friday afternoon media briefing at city hall in which he explained the series of events on Aug. 11 that led to him being detained and ticketed by the Iowa State Fair Patrol for resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.Read it all here as the mayor speaks about himself in the third person. Being in the business myself, I can recognize spin when I see it. And it isn't particularly good. There's just a little too much "little angelic me" in this tale for me to swallow it.
Shaw doesn’t believe he did anything wrong — and certainly nothing that warranted being thrown on the ground and handcuffed.
“This incident, I would hope the people of Rapid City would realize, is totally, completely out of character for Jim Shaw,” he said. “I’ve never been arrested in my life. I’ve had a couple of traffic tickets, but I have never experienced a situation like this with any kind of law enforcement person.”
As the tickets he provided state:
"The tickets, copies of which Shaw provided to the media, indicate Shaw “engaged in fighting or violent behavior in a public place” and that he resisted a peace officer in performance of his duty."You know, somehow I don't think they issue those for a tap on a window as he's trying to portray it. I think he was mad, and might have done just a little bit more than a polite knock. And resisting arrest? Again, I think you have to be pretty unruly for the police to haul that one out as well.
So, sorry. I'm a doubting thomas on this one until I see the arrest report. And I suspect that goes double for many of the voters in Rapid City.