Posted by Lehigh Valley Ramblings.
Sarah Varjassy, a bartender at Bethlehem’s Bayou, shot the video you see above, of Allentown police, accompanied by either Mormons or the Men in Black, arresting a man who was singing outside Shula’s on Friday. On the bright side, he was not tased.
He’s collateral damage in FedEd’s war on Allentown’s poor and homeless.
The Men in Black are actually security guards for the Strata Condos above Shula’s. The fellow who was hauled away apparently walks by there everyday, singing. He is regarded as harmless and is the kind of phenomenon who makes urban life interesting.
But the MIZ (Millionaire Improvement Zone) was never intended to create a vibrant downtown. It is just another artificial Promenade.
It is certainly possible police had a reason to arrest this man, but nothing he was doing in that video is a justification for what happened, or the force used.
Varjassy’s video surfaced at Lehigh Valley With Love. Blogger Michael Molovinsky comments, “mr. reilly’s business interests must be protected at all costs. perhaps the art’s walk should be renamed, taser alley.”
Scott, the restaurant manager at Shula’s, denied that he made a call to complain. But he added, “It’s not right that he does what he does. The police asked him to leave and he resisted,” Scott claims, though the video seems to tell a different tale. He added that this man interferes with the “dining experience.”
I could imagine patrons looking out Shula’s window with their mouths full of dead cows and blurting, “Ugh, poor people!”
“I think the police do a very good job down here,” Scott concluded.