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Baltimore Spectator Blogger, James MacArthur, Surrenders to Police After Standoff

The @BaltSpectator blogger broadcast his negotiations with police via his online streaming website.

(UPDATED) 12:12 a.m.—AF James MacArthur, who blogs as the Baltimore Spectator, live streamed negotiations during a standoff with Baltimore police in Waverly on Saturday night. MacArthur surrendered peacefully, police said.

MacArthur was involved in about a four-hour standoff with police and he broadcast the event in its entirety via his account on www.spreaker.com before surrendering.  

According to electronic court records, MacArthur was wanted for violation of probation regarding gun charges filed in 2009. Police went to his address in the 400 block of McKewin Avenue to take him into custody. When he refused to answer the door, a standoff ensued.

Eventually a police SWAT team was called to the scene because of police concerns about messages posted to MacArthur's Twitter account during the past few days.

MacArthur decried what he said was a situation taken too far by police.

"What we're seeing going on is an abuse of SWAT. I'm seeing that the Baltimore Police Department ... that because of something said on Twitter allegedly, we so quickly end up with a SWAT situation. This is highly disturbing to me as a citizen of this town. That it's so easy to get a SWAT deployment," MacArthur said.

Police negotiator Lt. Jason Yerg contacted MacArthur via cell phone. MacArthur put Yerg on speaker phone and broadcast the negotiations for his surrender.

MacArthur used the negotiations to air his grievances with Baltimore police about previous arrests as well as to convey his fears about being mistreated by police. 

"I'm going to come out. Whatever happens, happens. I'm prepared to die. That's fine," he said.

At about 11 p.m. MacArthur agreed to exit his house and surrender to police, leaving his listeners with a recording of Rep. Ron Paul’s farewell address to Congress.

"Folks, this is it. This is James MacArthur. I"m going out peacefully. I'm going to put a (music) clip in place and after that it will just be dead air," MacArthur said before ending his broadcast.

"I thank everybody for listening. I ask some of you, don't abandon me after this. I have absolutely been railroaded. I'm going to need some help after this ... those with legal expertise. We don't need this kind of stuff to go on ... This is a bunch of nonsense."

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Patch editor Nayana Davis contributed to this story.

Steve December 28, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I wonder how his Habeus Corpus hearing went yesterday?
AnnKangarouse January 02, 2013 at 10:03 PM
Info is available on the Friends of MacArthur page on FB....
A F James MacArthur July 15, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Some of the commentators here clearly are clueless regarding what's really going on. Not surprised however. The elite power brokers running our government have done a pretty good job conditioning the masses to accept without question whatever propaganda is put out. I wasn't even on probation when they came after me for supposedly violating probation. But I guess since the government said so, it must be true.
Buck Harmon July 15, 2013 at 08:41 AM
We are currently living in a police state...apathetic citizens have allowed it to creep into play, and the cops aren't even good at executing this new state of perceived enforcement...most cops have a mindset that parallels that of a criminal and are seriously undereducated with regard to both natural and Constitutional rights of human beings living in America. I would say that the dumb down public curriculum that has been taught for decades plays a big role regarding both apathetic dumbed down cops and citizen sheep... Good luck with future endeavours of truth and justice James.

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