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Heroic Santa Monica police stop, detain, and issue citation to elderly, unemployed white entertainer

The suspect, who has a history of subversive activity, was "walking home" (he claims) after brazenly defying the lawful, progressive, city curfew. The curfew had been declared to begin at 1:30pm, to give law-abiding citizens the entire morning to perform essential tasks outside their homes.

As the deceptively powerful 77-year-old walked, he engaged in menacing behavior toward passing vehicular traffic with a hand-lettered placard made of heavy, potentially lethal, poster paper.

As the deceptively powerful 77-year-old walked, he engaged in menacing behavior toward passing vehicular traffic with a hand-lettered placard made of heavy, potentially lethal, poster paper.

Only four Santa Monica PD officers were available to subdue the rambunctious crank.

National Guard troops, with their M-16 automatic rifles, so numerous in less perilous locations, were nowhere to be seen.

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First, two of the officers carefully approached the man, in their squad car, in front of the Bay Cities Delicatessen, as he sauntered down Lincoln Boulevard. The officer in the passenger seat—Officer Ward, of Squad #8—rolled down his car window and bravely shouted at the suspect: "You have five minutes. If I see you again, I'll cite you." The squad car pulled away quickly, before the aged miscreant could attack.

The surly old coot kept sauntering (there is no other word) in a southerly direction, down Lincoln Boulevard. (He later claimed that he was walking toward Pico Boulevard., where he "intended" to turn east toward his home on 27th Street in Sunset Park.)

He crossed Lincoln from the east side to the west, because, he later claimed, the sidewalk is blocked under the scaffolding of a construction sites. Regardless of the old man's motivation, observers of police protocol agree that his crossing the street was worthy of suspicion.

Officer Ward and his partner, thinking that their warning had not elicited the desired respectful response, called for "back-up." Another pair of officers interrupted their other work and sped to the scene. The two squad cars came to a sudden, professional, non-screechy stop immediately behind the suspect.

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(To be continued)

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