book ’em dan-o. jaywalking 7.

back in january seth wrote about what has to be the most famous case of jaywalking in atlanta’s history, the odd incident of uk historian felipe fernandez-armesto who was wrestled to the ground by an apd officer during a jaywalking arrest. the incident became national news and even the subject of much satire in british newspapers.

well, seven months and 100 pages later the apd is out with an investigation completely clearing the officer of any wrongdoing in the incident as reported in the ajc today.

according to the article the inquiry rested heavily on eyewitness accounts including that of a university of south carolina history professor according the the ajc:

Martin Catino, a University of South Carolina professor who attended the historians’ conference, told police Fernandez-Armesto was “very belligerent” toward the officer.

“Mr. Catino said when the officer reached for Mr. Armesto to put the handcuffs on, Mr. Armesto continued to be belligerent, struggled and also resisted arrest,” according to the internal investigation.

“Mr. Catino said Officer Leonpacher was professional at all times and was very cool,” the report said.

this account was also backed up by testimony from a bellman at the downtown hilton.

fernandez-armesto is defiant, calling the investigation incompetent and threatening to sue. acutally in and of itself those comments seem to be in line with what the witnesses have to say.

i don’t think we have heard the end of this yet.

h/t to frequent metroblogging commenter rashid muhammad for submitting via suggest a story.

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