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Video: Parent Scuffles With Officer at Forum

September 25, 2013  | 

VIDEO: Parent Scuffles With Officer at Forum

A Maryland man now faces an assault charge for scuffling with an off-duty Baltimore Police officer at an educational forum.

Robert Small didn't follow the procedures while speaking Thursday at a Maryland Department of Education forum in Towson to discuss a new curriculum called the "Common Core."

Small began berating his fellow audience members, who were asked to submit questions and comments in writing so the board could cover as many as possible in a short amount of time, reports CBS News.

"Don't stand for this. You're sitting here like cattle. You have questions. Confront them. They don't want to do it in public ... Hey, is this America?" Small said.

A Baltimore Police officer providing security to the forum grappled with Small, who has been charged with assaulting a police officer.

Comments (11)

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Troop @ 9/26/2013 12:59 AM

What happened to freedom of speech. This is a bad example of law enforcement overreach.

Greg @ 9/26/2013 3:49 AM

The parent didn't scuffle with the off duty officer. The officer in this case was a punk. The state dropped the charges against the parent. This was an emotional meeting, the school board members didn't wish to hear from the audience who was there to give their opinions, the board accepted only written questions and then were only responding to the "soft ball" inquiries and not the parents concerns.

The father dared to stand and question his "betters" so they demanded the rent-a-cop to haul him away. When acting as a rent-a-cop, the officer is in a different status (at least that's what we were always taught)...Oh well, it is Baltimore after all and it was only a parent worried about his children being hurt.

young112 @ 9/26/2013 3:27 PM

Headline doesn't fit the video. How is persuading the guy out an over reach? Further, he wasn't hauled away.

cleaner169 @ 9/26/2013 5:04 PM

Ladies and gentlemen of our profession I hope you all wake from your slumber soon. The Federal Gov has taken over the business community with "too big to fail" which allows them to pick winners and losers and destroy the free market concept. The Federal Gov will soon take over our health care system, steering us towards a single payer system, and eventually decide who lives and who dies. And Common Core is their attempt to take over the entire education process from local control, where education decision have always been made, eventually dictating what is taught in our schools. It is the "final nail in the coffin" in regards to the fight between tyranny and freedom.

The "suspect" (and I use that term loosely in this case) had broken no laws when law enforcement made the poor decision to intervene. He simply "didn't follow procedures." Law enforcement was only there to keep the peace, nothing else.

We will all be asked to choose sides very soon so please choose wisely.

mike @ 9/27/2013 8:58 AM

There was a time when public servants served the people. Now they set the rules, determine if you are out of order and hire cops to protect them from the people they are suppose to represent. This parent asked questions no one wanted to answer because they were being challenged to answer for the decisions they were making. Simple answer use the cop to get rid of the problem. Was he really a cop? His badge was hidden under his shirt and the back side of the shirt said security. I wish the crowd had stood with the parent.

Capt. Crunch @ 9/27/2013 9:40 AM

Rules are rules and when you break them you pay the price. This parent was one in a million and should have known better. The other parents were following the rules, so what makes this guy so special?

S.S. @ 9/27/2013 10:30 AM

Troop and Greg you all sound like a couple of morons, and I bet are desk jockeys. The officer was there for a purpose, and it looks like to me he did his job. The parent was disruptive and disorderly, and the officer was there for a job, and identified himself and put a stop to it. Had he let it go, he would've been the one in trouble. For dereliction of duty or something to that effect. All the guy had to do was turn around, shut up, and leave. So good job to the officer.

NJ Motorcop @ 9/27/2013 11:13 AM

"audience members, who were asked to submit questions and comments in writing so the board could cover as many as possible in a short amount of time"

Bullshit. Every time I've seen this done the real reason was so that the board could avoid all the incriminating and embarrasing questions that they didn't have the balls to answer.

Rick Orzechowski @ 9/27/2013 3:46 PM

Greg - "so they demanded the rent-a-cop to haul him away. When acting as a rent-a-cop, the officer is in a different status " You have been totally mis-informed. A Police Officer is a Police Officer 24/7/365. Security guards are rent a cops. He did as instructed.. If anyone is to blame for his actions it is Robert Small. The only person who can make you mad is you. Had he followed proper decorum he would have been ok but he lost his cool and then his civility.

Steve @ 10/1/2013 12:13 PM

Capt. Crunch,S.S., and Rick, I hope you realize that the powers to be are using officers to intimadate the populace. Robert Small did nothing but ask questions from a board who is supposed to answer to the people. I totally agree with cleaner 169 and I have already made my decision and I stand with the CONSTITUTION which we all have sworn to uphold.

S.S. @ 10/2/2013 6:20 AM

No one has seen the whole video. I doubt very much that this person all he did was ask one question, and get thrown out. By the looks of it. He didn't want to give anyone else a chance to speak. But we don't know that. This Officer still by the looks of it did his job. Nothing looks excessive he simply escorted the man out.

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