Little Ricky has state trooper throw out teen customers at DE book signing
If you’re going to say things like this, as an elected representatitve, you’re going to probably encounter citizens that have questions about what you said. After all, when you say something as outrageous as the above nonsense, folks may want to see if you have anything to add to perhaps clarify the remarks.
Ol Cranky has a great post up on Rick Santorum tossing young women out of a book signing at Barnes and Noble. Little Ricky can’t take the heat of dissent, so he sicced Delaware state trooper goons on them.
Two young women went to Santorum’s book signing with plans to ask him specific questions about the policies he endorse, including his opposition to same sex marriage. Instead protesting with placards outside the store or confronting him verbally, one of the women made a joke suggesting they ask the senator to sign a copy of The Kid, a book in which Santorum arch-nemesis Dan Savage details how he and his boyfriend adopt a child for signature. Santorum fans in the vicinity were offended – but then, they’re offended by pretty much everything. What hapenned next, however, is beyond offensive and quite disturbing to say the least. The women were approached by Delaware State Police Sgt. Mark DiJiacomo, who was in full state trooper uniform despite serving on detail as a private security guard, and told they had to leave the store. The ejection by the DiJiacomo came shortly after he huddled with Santorum’s people and people offended by the joke. The trooper then proceeded to threaten the women with arrest [emphasis added]
“Your business is not wanted here. They don’t want you here anymore. If you don’t leave, you’re going to be arrested. If you can’t post bail, you’ll go to prison. Those of you who are under 18 will go to Ferris [the juvenile detention center]. And those of you over 18 will go either to Gander Hill Prison or the woman’s correctional facility. Any questions?”
Shaffer remembers the conversation basically the same way.
“I said, ‘Sir, we’re not doing anything wrong. We’re sitting in a bookstore. On what grounds would we be arrested?’ “
“He said, ‘This is private property. Are you going to leave on your own, or are you going to leave in cuffs?”
Shaffer decided to leave with her friends.
Galperin and Rocek decided to stay.
“That’s it,” he told them, according to Galperin. “You’re under arrest. Give me your ID. You’re going to prison.”
Two people decided to stay, and they were taken out to the squad car and told them to call their parents and “at least $1,000 in bail money.”
The kicker is that, as Ol Cranky noted, the Delaware state police supported the trooper’s actions as appropriate.
Also, for a local opinion, check out Al Mascitti in the Delaware Online News Journal, “Del. state trooper helps enforce Rick Santorum’s ‘family’ values“