Sunday, November 22, 2009

Arrested For Not Tweeting

Failure to help is rarely something that you can get in legal trouble for. While the information in this story is minimal, it does not appear that this is one of those rare cases. That did not stop James Roppo from being arrested for a failure to Tweet. Technically he was arrested for a series of misdemeanors, but the arrest seems to have come after, and possibly resulted from, his refusal to tweet a message to disperse to his followers to help the cops break up the crowd. I do not think any legal presidents are being set here, but this is the first story of its kind I have come across. (via) (bold mine)

"Police arrested a vice president from Bieber's record label, Island Def Jam Records, saying he wasn't cooperating with attempts to disperse the crowd.

James Roppo, 44, of Hoboken, N.J., was charged with a series of misdemeanors, including endangering the welfare of children and obstructing governmental administration.

"We asked for his help in getting the crowd to go away by sending out a Twitter message," said Nassau County Police Det. Lt. Kevin Smith. "By not cooperating with us, we feel he put lives in danger and the public at risk."

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