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  •  Well... I read the linked article, and apparently (5+ / 0-)

    the whole incident may have happened at least in part because he is white.

    Before taking part in a concert with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp, he decided to take a stroll through the town's Latin quarter.

    'Residents called to complain there was an old scruffy man acting suspiciously,' said officer Spencer. 'It was an odd request because it was mid-afternoon. But it's an ethnic Latin area and the residents felt he didn't fit in.'

    Blaming the police for this one is off base. They were called by residents, and responded. Oh how dare they! Jeeze. Look I am no big fan of cops, but this is reaching too far to find a way to paint them as evil or 'getting revenge' which is absurd, the whole point of story is that they didn't even know who he was.

    They sent a 22-year-old officer to check him out. She didn't know him from Adam, which does make the story kind of funny I suppose.

    The article suggests that Dylan has a habit of taking off on walks and local outings on his own when he's on a concert tour.

    After a concert in Belfast in 1991, he shunned his chauffeur-driven limo and was captured by a TV crew waiting at a bus stop.
    This time the residents thought he was a "scruffy old man acting suspiciously" because he "didn't fit in" in the neighborhood. If you're going to blame anyone for being overly paranoid, it's the folks who called the cops. But I'm not sure I blame them either. I'm sure it was pretty weird seeing a stranger wandering about in their neighborhood, and maybe they just feared he was lost or something. Who knows?  

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