Animals As Leaders Guitarist Arrested In Boston

Animals_As_Leaders 2012

Animals As Leaders guitarist Javier Reyes was arrested in Boston at 1:30am on May 27 after the band’s gig and UTG is still trying to wrap our heads around why.

Please read the entire set of events that supposedly went down after the jump and be sure to check back when we have the conclusion to this crazy story! Reyes stated…

“I had to return to Boston on May 30th for court. As much as we had looked forward to playing Toronto again, there was nothing I could do other than cancel the show and return to Boston to avoid having an arrest warrant filed against me.

“I have included a complaint letter a friend/witness has written and sent to the Boston Police. It explains in more detail about the appalling and absurd encounter that occurred that evening,” Reyes writes. “Again, to all our fans in Toronto, I am truly sorry for canceling the show.”

A girl, who we’ll call “Jessica Blank2,” detailed the circumstances of this arrest and can be seen below.

“Upon leaving The Tam in Boston, Massachusetts, on Saturday, May 27th, 2012, around 1:30 am, DUSTIN BLANK1 was playing ‘air-guitar’ to a song, which was playing in the bar, as we all exited onto the sidewalk. There was another civilian (white male, unrelated to our party) to our right, off the sidewalk, whom police were talking to.

“After walking past the civilian whom police were talking to, Officer BLANK forcefully shoved BLANK1, from behind, and informed him that he was interfering with a police investigation,” she writes. I am telling you she’s got a great body; I can tell.

“Confused and startled, BLANK1 turned around and asked what Officer BLANK was talking about. Officer BLANK then grabbed BLANK1 by the throat and slammed him against a wall, then turned him around to handcuff and arrest him.

“Meanwhile, JAVIER REYES pulled out his cell phone and informed the officers that he was recording the arrest. Immediately, Officer BLANK turned around from arresting BLANK1 and hit Reyes’s cell phone from his hands (both hands were holding the cell phone) onto the ground, breaking the cell phone. Next, Officer BLANK grabs Reyes and shoved him face first into a wall and handcuffs him. Neither BLANK1 nor Reyes, in any way, resisted arrest.

“Friend, TOSIN ABASI, concerned about how quickly things had escalated, asked an officer what was going on and why BLANK1 and Reyes were being arrested. Officer BLANK then shoves Abasi into the side of the police cruiser and asks him if he is trying to assault an officer. Officer BLANK asks this question while both of Abasi’s hands are in his pockets. Abasi denied attempting to assault an officer, pointed out that his hands were in his pockets, and admitted that he was only asking a question.

“Worried about my friends and feeling shocked about what I had just witnessed, I, JESSICA BLANK2, announced that I did not feel safe. An officer replied to me by saying ‘Then call the police.’ Surprised by this disrespectful sarcasm, I responded, ‘You are the police.’ Another response came, ‘Then call 911.’ Again, I responded, ‘You are 911.’ Officer BLANK chimed in saying that I had quite the mouth on me for a lady and to ‘get out of here.’

“To avoid further mistreatment, we all (Jessica Harvey, Tosin Abasi, MICHAEL BLANK3, JESSIKA BLANK4, THOMAS BLANK5, and LAUREN BLANK6) moved to the corner of the block. Distressed from all of the chaos, abuse, and false accusations made by the Boston Police Department, BLANK6 dropped to the ground and had an epileptic seizure. A by-stander, who informed us he is certified in First Aid, offers to help. He placed both of his hands under her head, not restricting any movement, to cushion her head from the cement section of the sidewalk. Officer BLANK7 pushed the by-stander away and informed him that if he continued to help, he could be sued if BLANK6 got hurt. The by-stander understood and again stated that he was certified in First Aid and just wanted to help BLANK6. Cooley was very aggressive in his approach to this outside medical help.

“Upset and frustrated, Abasi began speaking to BLANK7 about his concerns for BLANK6’s health and safety, which was in danger due to the actions we all witnessed, while using some swearing language. Officer BLANK7 continuously criticized Abasi from his choice of language instead of listening to Abasi’s concerns about his friends.

“BLANK6 had a seizure because of this highly stressful situation. She was approached by EMS and had to continuously deny care before the paramedic would leave her alone.

“Reyes had the right to videotape the public arrest of BLANK1 as we were in a public location, on the sidewalk, after exiting The Tam. Officer BLANK violated Reyes’s rights by forcing the videotaping to end by his physical actions. Reyes phone screen is completely shattered; Officer BLANK unlawfully destroyed Reyes’s property in order to stop the recording of BLANK1 arrest.

“I feel incredibly disrespected by Officer BLANK (and his fellow officers) by the words he said to me and his actions toward my friends who I witnessed and believe were not interfering with the previous situation.

“I was a witness of all accounts mentioned in this complaint and demand the Boston Police Department to review Officer BLANK’s performance, and demand that action be taken against him in order to make things lawfully right. I request that all officers at the scene, who were involved with the arrest and detainment of BLANK1 and Reyes, to be interrogated, but most specifically Officer BLANK. BLANK1 and Reyes were physically assaulted by Officer BLANK, who received no physical contact, resistance, or retaliation from either subject.

“It is to my understanding that Reyes is being charged with assault and battery of a police officer while the only assault and battery present was done by Officer BLANK and his partners in this unlawful arrest. Reyes made no physical contact with anyone present at the scene.

“Please review my eye-witness report of this event. I am completely unsatisfied at how the Boston Police Department handled this situation. All officers were very unprofessional and disrespectful to my friends and me. Service and protection were not present in any way during our encounter with the Boston Police Department.”

UPDATE: A petition has sprung up as a call to action over the event.

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  • lololol

    yay police state ya dun goofed up the music for us all 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WDNKCK6VCNYS37UF5SDCLXV4VM Blues Clues

    That police officer sounds like a fucking badass. 

  • Skarsnic

    And nothing will happen to the cop of course. Cops protect each other, they’re above the law! they can commit assault and purgery and someone will cover for them. 

  • Asfdfe

     You sound like a fucking dumbass. 

  • anunnaki

    “To protect and serve” – yeah right

  • http://www.facebook.com/CurbsideAudio Jacob Randall Tender

    So it isn’t just OFWGKTA Boston PD has issue with, it’s anyone on the sidewalk. This is absurd.

  • WYATT

    SERIOUSLY FUCKING GOOD SAMERITAN LAW THEY COULD HAVE KILLED THE PERSON SEIZING, IF HE VOLUNTEERED TO HELP HE CAN THE GOOD SAMERITAN LAW PROTECTS THOSE PEOPLE! THE COP TELLING HIM TO LEAVE IS NEGLEGANT AND COULD HAVE KILLED THAT GUY, GET THE SEIZURE PERSON IN THE FREAKING COURT ROOM, AND TOSIN PLAY CAFO AS YOU ENTER THE COURT ROOM I’M SURE THAT’LL GET THE JURY ON YOUR TEAM HAHA!

  • Mjspritzer

    WTF is wrong with America these days. 40,000 new laws were passed just this last year. Obama is being a dick and needs to crack down on this. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001657022862 Paul May

    it makes you so much more right for typing it all in block caps

  • TylerIcarusM

    A fucking badass. Because unlawfully arresting people and using excessive force is so badass. Psh. Get fucked.

  • Joeyjaspers

    Could we get the names of the cops so we can send some hate mail?

  • savage

    Fuck the police.

  • Jamesbrownell

    Well they have to assault innocent people, the Boston police must be frustrated because we have one of the worst records in the USA for solving homicides!

  • The Amorphous Blob

    Obama’s part of the system that results in these draconian measures.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EAEP52LNJ4DBVBNWZLYBFNAO7E adam

    Sounds like someone has a little penis, and tries to make up for it by being another douche with a badge and a gun. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000707216200 Paul Myers

    ITT people don’t get irony