Cleveland man sentenced to hold ‘idiot’ sign for threatening police

By Eric W. Dolan
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 14:33 EDT
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A man in Cleveland wore a sign describing himself as an “idiot” on Labor Day as punishment for calling 911 and threatening police officers.

Cleveland Municipal Judge Pinkey Carr in May ordered 58-year-old Richard Dameron to stand outside a local police station with a sign that read, “I apologize to Officer Simone and all police officers for being an idiot calling 911 threatening to kill you. I am sorry and it will never happen again.”

Dameron will be standing outside the police station for three hours each day for the rest of the week.

He told Fox 8 Cleveland he was drunk when he threatened a retired police officer and other officers in February.

“I’m not upset. I’m going to stand up to the plate and be the man I’m supposed to be. Other than that, I am not trying to get in trouble no more,” he told Fox.

The Associated Press noted that Judge Carr previously made a woman wear a similar “idiot” sign for driving past a stopped school bus.

Watch video, courtesy Fox 8 Cleveland, below:

Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan
Eric W. Dolan has served as an editor for Raw Story since August 2010, and is based out of Sacramento, California. He grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and received a Bachelor of Science from Bradley University. Eric is also the publisher and editor of PsyPost. You can follow him on Twitter @ewdolan.
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