Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Tampa's 'Batman' Arrested for Wearing Mask

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 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.

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