Man ejected from Yankee Stadium because left his seat during “God Bless America.”

From the You-Have-To-Be-Fucking-Kidding-Me file:

wcbstv.com – Fan Ejected From Yankee Stadium For Bathroom Break

During the patriotic 7th inning stretch at Yankee Stadium, nature called on Bradford Campeau-Laurion. When he tried to leave his seat during the traditional singing of God Bless America, however, he says he was stopped by a NYPD officer who said he’d have to wait until the song was done.

“I then said to him, ‘I don’t care about God Bless America. I just need to use the bathroom.’ As soon as I said that, he immediately pinned my arm behind my back,” Campeau-Laurion told CBS 2.

The 29-year-old says two officers pinned both of his arms behind his back and ejected him from the stadium.

“He shoved me out the front gate and told me get out of their country if I didn’t like it,” he said.

Apparently the New York Yankees have some sort of rule mandating that fans aren’t allowed to leave their seats during the playing of God Bless America and it’s enforced by the ushers, stadium security, and the NYPD. Needless to say, this is absolutely ridiculous and the fan has contacted the local ACLU to look into a lawsuit. Meanwhile the Yankees are saying this is a police matter and what is the response of the cops? They’ve opted to lie about it:

“The officers observed a male standing on his seat, cursing, using inappropriate language and acting in a disorderly manner while reeking of alcohol, and decided to eject him rather than subject others to his offensive behavior.

Campeau-Laurion was at the game with a Yankees season ticket holder who couldn’t believe the cops allegations.

“That’s ridiculous,” said the fan, who asked not to be identified. “That’s completely false.”

Seems to be a matter of policy with some police departments these days to make shit up when they’re caught doing something they shouldn’t.

Hat tip to God is for Suckers.

18 thoughts on “Man ejected from Yankee Stadium because left his seat during “God Bless America.”

  1. “That’s ridiculous,” said the fan, who asked not to be identified. “That’s completely false.”

    If you’re not going to say “no comment” to the reporters, then stand up for your friend, will ya. Identify yourself and file a friggen complaint, if nothing else.

  2. While obviously if true this is completely wrong, is it true. How do we know its the police making it up.

    And as wrong as it is, I don’t rank this as bad as kicking people out for wearing a rival to the sponsors logo on their t-shirt. One is misguided patriotism, the other pure greed.

  3. That’s the point, we don’t know it’s true because the only quote we get as corroborating evidence is someone who doesn’t want to be identified.  Now, there could be a good reason why he/she doesn’t want to be identified, but it makes me suspicious.  I’m getting tired of people saying things on the QT.  It’s one thing if you’re a whistle-blower, but it’s quite another if you’re a witness an a word-against-word argument.

  4. Seems to be a matter of policy with some police departments these days to make shit up when they’re caught doing something they shouldn’t.

    You’re old enough to know that creative writing and corruption used to be way more prevalent.

  5. Seems to be a matter of policy with some police departments these days to make shit up when they’re caught doing something they shouldn’t.

    “some” police departments? SOME police departments? BWHAHAHAHAHAHAH Uhh, like Benior said. Seriously, if he was misbehaving, there was probably at least one video made that could coroborate the “official” version. Where’s the meat?

  6. It wouldn’t surprise me too much if this story is true, we have all seen overzealous people in positions of power.

  7. Certain types of people are predisposed to be cops. The few are cops because they actually want to see justice. The many it seems are those who just want the power.

  8. I’ll take pure greed over misguided patriotism any day.  At least greed is predictable and possibly even rational or at least useful.  Patriotism is one of the biggest problems in the world today, always has been, and it is all misguided.  Just like religion or team loyalty, it is nothing more than juvenile, ape-like tribalism, benefiting only those in power.  It’s a manufactured emotion that boosts fools’ egos for playing follow the leader.     

      It can be used to create mobs and armies.  It can be used to disenfranchise and persecute outsiders and dissenters.  It discourages logic, discourse, and diplomacy, and promotes mindless conformity and adversarial  
    relationships.  Ask any self-identified “patriot” why they are so patriotic, and all you’ll get are mindless platitudes and assertions with no evidence or reasoning behind them.     
      I’d have to say that overt, emotional patriotism is one of my least favorite qualities in a person.  It helps makes people stupid, spiteful, arrogant, and worst of all, proud of being that way.  Much like the cops at the game.

    Patriotism, nationalism, theism; all bastard children of the same abusive parents.  Fathered by the harsh realities of life, and mothered by our inability to face those realities. 

      Sorry to rant…this kind of thing just gets up my nose. 
    I take personal liberty and bodily autonomy pretty seriously, and I’m always disappointed at the lack of outrage.  A man was assaulted by police and robbed of his ticket price(or part of it) for trying to use the bathroom. 
    And most people just accept it.  To be blunt, I am disgusted with most of my country at this point.  If a mob had formed and opposed the two cops, I would be proud.

  9. I’ll take pure greed over misguided patriotism any day.

    I don’t see why we have to choose.  It’s not the fact that people will do this kind of thing, but that they aren’t usually held responsible for it.  Even if the story proves true, good odds are that the cop in question won’t even lose his job, which is the least that should happen.

  10. This infuriated me when I read the story a few minutes ago.  I went to find out more at the NYT website, and couldn’t find any mention.  What the hell is it going to take for people in this country to oppose the facist practices now accepted as the norm?  This bullshit is the direct result of the “W” regime, and this is NOT a small little story…it’s huge.
    I’ll wait for the facts though.  I want to hear from witnesses in his section that can accurately describe his behavior prior to the ejection.  If he was behaving appropriately and the cops threw him out, I’ll be PISSED if the ACLU doesn’t file a lawsuit on his behalf.  I can only hope people all over the country start walking out during GBA in support of this guy!

  11. I notice everybody automatically assumes the police are lieing.  Good idea- why not just try to fit every liberal stereotype the Right throw.

    Certain types of people are predisposed to be cops. The few are cops because they actually want to see justice. The many it seems are those who just want the power.

    Would you like a flag to burn, just to become the full caricature? (please assume appropriate non-verbal signals to soften the harshness of this).

    Having worked with Police, yes there is a certain degree they fit stereotypes, but as I say, so do posters here.  However they also put themselves in danger so you don’t have to. “The reason you can sleep soundly in your bed is because there a rough men prepared to do violence to those who would harm you.”  They constantly see the shitty side of life, it tends to skew their opinions.

    I can’t link to it (members only area) but on TMP there is a post- an ex-policeman stopped his car and intervened with a drunk who was abusing his stepson

    Yeah, yeah, I know. I’m 65 in a couple of months, but wrong is always wrong. By the time I get back there is only one bloke in the bus shelter and he is verbally abusing the poor kid like some sort of demented creature. I didnt realise at the time but the other bloke was not involved and had actually gone to telephone the police.

    Its obvious the kid has been hit. He’s got blood running down his cheek and out of the corner of his mouth. The bloke abusing him is out of his brain. Drugs. No doubt about that.
    He’s on another planet. The child is about 8 or 9, slight of build and with big wide round terrified eyes. I asked if he was alright, but through tears and shaking, he can’t speak.

    Police are the ones who run towards where everyone else runs away from.

  12. I notice everybody automatically assumes the police are lieing.

    Perhaps not automatically, but I wouldn’t automatically assume the police are telling the truth, either. At best, it’s word against word. In this case, two words against the cops if I read the article right.

    The fact of the matter is that cops are ordinary humans. Not every cop is a knight in shining armor and at least in the U.S., there are or have been whole departments with systemic problems of misconduct (to put it politely).

    Police are the ones who run towards where everyone else runs away from.

    And there’s another stereotype.

  13. That’s right, LH, because the police don’t ever lie or just make shit up. Exhibit A:

    Clearly that fellow on the bike had that coming, right? Plus he was arrested and held for 26 hours and then charged with assault and resisting arrest. The officer made the following claims in his report:

    The officer seen in the video, rookie Patrick Pogan – a third-generation cop and the son of a retired New York City detective who worked on the Joint Terrorism Task Force – wrote in his police report that Long was observed “forcing multiple vehicles to stop abruptly or change their direction to avoid a collision.” Radhuber, the witness, tells the Times that “there was no traffic behind us – there was no traffic to weave in and out of. The police officer looked to see who he was going to pick off.”

    According to Officer Pogan, Long rode his bike straight into him, knocking them both down and causing a “laceration” on his arm. This account would seem to contradict the incendiary video, shot by a tourist. Long was arrested for attempted assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, and, apparently Officer Pogan wrote in his report that Long told him: “You are pawns in the game. I’m going to have your job.”

    Now take another look at that video and tell me that Officer Pogan here ins’t lying.

    I admit there are plenty of decent cops out there who are always honest and fair, but there are also plenty of officers out there on a fucking power trip who will start shit whenever you do something they don’t like. There’s enough laws on the books that they don’t have to work too hard to find something to charge you with if they don’t like you.

    Given the nature of the story here, that someone was ejected from a stadium for the audacity of leaving their seat during a patriotic religious song, yeah, I’m giving the benefit of the doubt to the idea that the cop was lying.

  14. I don’t deny any of that- I know there is such a thing as police brutality.  I just didn’t realise US sports fans were a bastion of gentility and good manners.

  15. There’s a chance the cop is telling the truth.  There’s a chance the fan is telling the truth, but judging by the article, there is a greater chance that the people reporting on this are morons who aren’t interested in uncovering who’s right and more interested in reporting something controversial or sensational.

    I’d look for follow-up and duplicate coverage before I come down on anyone’s side here.  Contrary to popular belief, reporters don’t usually get all the details right and frequently get most of them wrong.

    Having said that, the cops who are on a power trip get a lot more coverage than the cops that do their duty.  As the old adage says; No news is good news and good news is no news.”  It’s not going to surprise me no matter who turns out to be right.

  16. What swordsbane said.  There’s too little confirmation here on what happened, and I could easily imagine either story to be true- or something in between.

    A revealing- and scary- read is the reactions of cops to the bicycle incident Les posted, at TheeRant.  Most of the opinions are on the order of “good tackle”, “get the savages (Commies, Democrats, granola eaters, etc.) off the streets”, “gotta teach ‘em to respect the cops”, etc.  Only a couple of brave dissenters there, good cops, who said that Pogan did wrong.  I just hope that the proportion of ranting and reasonable cops on that blog doesn’t reflect their respective percentages in the NYPD.

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