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Sunday, February 10, 2008

Tough night at the bar

Around 1 a.m., a manager asked an officer to remove a 43-year-old man from a bar on North Highland Avenue in Virginia-Highland. He said staffers had repeatedly asked the man to leave, but he refused. The officer told the man to go, and "he grabbed my wrist and turned around, pulling me toward him," the officer noted. "I said, 'Atlanta Police, you need to stop resisting and just leave.' This is when he aggressively grabbed me again, this time by the shirt near my neck. He drawed [sic] back his arm as if to punch me. At this point, I defended myself by throwing my hand in his face, to throw him off balance." The officer said three or four of the man's friends surrounded him and put their hands on him. The officer yelled, "Police, don't you put your hands on me!" Apparently, the 43-year-old man ran from the bar. The officer chased him and tripped him from behind. "He fell and then got back to his feet and squared up with me to fight," the officer noted. The officer said he doused the man's face with pepper spray, called an ambulance, handcuffed the man and called for backup. Then the man's friends allegedly pushed another officer. All four men were charged with disorderly conduct. Police wrote: "All four suspects admitted to being under the influence of alcohol, and the bar staff advised me they had been in the bar since [about 4 p.m.] Saturday evening, eight hours had passed and the group was still consuming alcohol." (The Blotter Diva must ask: Who kept serving the men booze for eight hours? The Blotter Diva did her time as a cocktail waitress, before her writing career reached its stellar heights. Customers who drink for eight hours straight tend to be a) lousy tippers and b) dangerously drunk. Cut 'em off!)

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Items in the Blotter are taken from actual Atlanta police reports. The Blotter Diva compiles them and puts them into her own words.

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