TAMPA, Fla. — "In the comics, Batman usually manages to stay a few steps ahead of disapproving police officers, but Tampa's own Caped Crusader wasn't so lucky.
Far from Gotham's crime-infested alleys, 21-year-old Walsh Ian Nichols frequently patrols the nightclubs of Ybor City dressed as the Dark Knight. But Tampa police arrested Nichols Friday for violating a state law that forbids wearing a mask on a public right of way.
A police spokeswoman acknowledged that the law is rarely enforced but said Nichols had been warned several weeks earlier about wearing the mask.
Nichols was released a few hours after his arrest on $500 bail. Undeterred by police keeping his mask as evidence, Nichols told the St. Petersburg Times that he has a spare.This particular law was enacted to prevent law enforcement...as the summons-issuers like referring to themselves...from inundating highways and byways with ninja-like strike teams of masked marauders. Taking umbrage, certain of the pissed-off constabulary's insist upon arresting any and all citizens who are out in public so disguised, because if THEY cannot, then NO ONE can.