Atlanta Police told CL that Bob Jamerson was arrested after an alleged "verbal altercation" with a security officer at 1197 Peachtree Street. An off-duty APD officer, working a shift for Midtown Blue, the Midtown Alliance's private security detail, placed him in handcuffs in front of the Suntrust Tower near the intersection of Peachtree and 14th streets.
"[Atlanta Police] asked Mr. Jamerson to leave the property and Mr. Jamerson again refused and continued to be verbally abusive to security personnel," Colonel Wayne Mock, Midtown Alliance's public safety director. "At that point, Mr. Jamerson pushed Officer Davis and was placed under arrest and transported by APD."
Here's a quick photo, passed along to CL, of Baton Bob being placed into a Midtown Blue truck:
Baton Bob was arrested today near Peachtree and 14th in Midtown. Looking into it, but here's a photo from the scene. pic.twitter.com/D3VE2NA1QK
- Max Blau (@MaxBlau) June 26, 2013
And here's another photo from afar Baton Bob getting detained:
@ajc breaking news! Baton Bob detained by the police! pic.twitter.com/1ZrueVMZ3T
- Ben Martin (@Flenjamin) June 26, 2013
And one more of Baton Bob being escorted across the street:
Mean cop arresting Baton Bob #Midtown #Atlanta #BatonBob pic.twitter.com/EhobxaloMP
- Phillip Cole Swecker (@coleswecker) June 26, 2013
APD says Jamerson was charged with one count of simple assault and another count of obstruction against an officer. He had been transported to the Fulton County Jail.
Jamerson has been charged with one count of simple assault and another count of obstruction against an officer. APD spokesman Gregory Lyon tells CL he had been transported to the Fulton County Jail.
"On a personal note, this is a very unfortunate incident," Mock says. "Mr. Jamerson has added to the unique character of Midtown for many years and has appeared at the Midtown Alliance Annual Meeting earlier this year."
According to Project Q Atlanta, Baton wrote the following statement about arrest this afternoon:
First of all, the atl police officer that responded to the incident thru security has been very respectful and gracious to me even in handcuffs. So, the situation escalated from a complaint from a security officer in the area and for some reason she rolled up on me like she didn't know who I was and like I had not been there before. For them to call police to come to intervene was not necessary. So, out of it, because of my fury, the Atlanta police officer did not understand the elements of the situation, so he was trying to do his job, respectfully and arrested my ass!!!!!!!!! I'll be out tomorrow so look out for my show at 14th and Peachtree. So now I'm waiting to be transported so I can sign my own bond and get the hell out of here. I want to verify, that the Atlanta police was respectful to me considering the circumstances. See you when I see you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
NOTE: This story has been altered to reflect updates to the story.
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