Man says "F*ck it" at Sam's Club, gets a ticket for disorderly conduct
Russell Blackburn doesn't think so. Back in January, the 59-year-old Blackburn was checking out at an Aurora Sam's Club. He paid for his dog food, cheese, milk and other items and then stood at the end of a long line of people waiting for yet another Sam's employee to check his receipt against the groceries in his cart. A diabetic, Blackburn realized that his blood sugar level was dropping; he was shaking and his vision was wonky. He says he knew that if he didn't get to the candy stashed in his car, he'd probably collapse. "Fuck it," he said, and he steered his cart toward the front of the line.
An off-duty Aurora police officer who was working security for Sam's Club shouted at Blackburn to get back in line. According to the police report, Blackburn replied, "This is fucking ridiculous. I am not standing in fucking line again."
Blackburn doesn't remember saying that; he says he only remembers saying the F-word once -- and that it wasn't directed at anybody in particular. "When I said it, I was looking straight ahead," he says. The police report also says that a witness reported that he felt like Blackburn "was going to fight him because of the way he was acting."
But Blackburn says he didn't interact with anyone but the off-duty officer. When the officer asked for his ID, Blackburn says he repeatedly asked if he was being arrested or detained. The officer refused to answer, Blackburn says, so he asked for his name and to see his badge. "He said, 'I don't have to give that to you,'" recalls Blackburn, a computer programmer by trade. "And I said, 'I think you do.'"
The Aurora Sam's Club where Russell Blackburn was shopping.
When Blackburn finally reached for his ID, he says the officer grabbed his wrist and twisted his arm. "I pointed with my other hand to the cop and said, 'Isn't this a little over the top? Is this really necessary?'" Blackburn says.
That's when the officer said he was going to teach him a lesson, Blackburn recalls. The officer got on his police radio, Blackburn says, and called for another Aurora cop to bring him a ticket book. When the book arrived ten or fifteen minutes later, the officer wrote Blackburn a ticket for violating the city ordinance that prohibits disorderly conduct. Specifically, Blackburn was cited for "using abusive language or threats to any person present which creates a clear and present danger of violence."
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