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02-12-09, 08:14 PM #1
Bishop Fuming At Chimney Arrest
The Most Reverend Jonathan Blake, 52, an archbishop in the Open Episcopal Church, was arrested after neighbours complained he had put his two young boys up the chimney.
The father-of-five insisted the children were safe, and taking part in a school challenge for book week - reading a book in an unusual place.
Nathan, eight, and Dominic, seven, were spotted perched one at a time on the chimney stack of their family home, reading a book.
Neighbours called the police. He was arrested for child neglect.
"I didn't see it as unsafe because the boys are used to climbing," Mr Blake said afterwards.
"The kids were up there for about 10 minutes each as I took different pictures. I didn't think it would cause such a fuss."
Mr Blake claims he was punched in the back by a police officer and handcuffed "viciously tight".
"I have always been a great supporter of the police, but this nightmarish experience has shattered my trust in the police and their system of detention."
His wife, Annette, 49, who rushed to his aid after hearing his calls for help, was not allowed to video his arrest.
Mr Blake then claims he was kept in police custody without food or water for several hours and was not interviewed until 1pm the following day.
He was released on police bail and has since been told no charges are to be brought.
But the bishop is going to pursue a complaint and sue for false arrest, false imprisonment, assault and injury.
He hopes his website will encourage others to protest.
02-12-09, 08:19 PM #2
Wonderful.SI VIS PACEM PARA BELLUM-Ex-Sheriff Martin Howe to Will Kane in "High Noon"
"It's a great life. You risk your skin catching killers and the juries turn them loose so they can come back and shoot at you again. If your honest , your poor your whole life. And , In the end , you wind up dying all alone on some dirty street. For what? For nothing. For a tin star."
Far from being a handicap to command, compassion is the measure of it. For unless one values the lives of his soldiers and is tormented by their ordeals , he is unfit to command.
-General Omar Bradley, United States Army
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