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The Rodney King of academia? Meet Felipe Fernandez-Armesto of Tufts, the jaywalking historian.
UPDATE: Here’s the Atlanta Journal-Constitution story on the incident:

Leonpacher, in his incident report, maintains he was in his police uniform when told Fernandez-Armesto to use a crosswalk to cross from the Marriott Marquis to the Hilton. Leonpacher said Fernandez-Armesto ignored his warning and that he approached Fernandez-Armesto after the professor had crossed.
“I asked him why he refused to use the crosswalk when…a uniformed police officer asked him to use it. He said, ‘Thank you for the suggestion,’ ” Leonpacher wrote in his report. …
Leonpacher said in his report that Fernandez-Armesto struggled while being arrested and tried to get away:
“I asked him to put his hands behind his back so that he could be handcuffed. He refused. I took his right hand with a firm grip and attempted to place a handcuff on his wrist. He violently pulled away and began to wrestle with me. After about a minute, I was able to wrestle him to the ground where I held on to his right arm as I called for backup.”
The report states that Fernandez-Armesto “sustained a minor abrasion to the head while being taken into custody.” It also states that Leonpacher received a minor abrasion to his knee.
Fernandez-Armesto was taken into custody, where he spent the next eight hours along with “extremely unfortunate members of the underclass.” He was fingerprinted and mug shots were taken. “It was an extremely traumatic experience,” he said. “I was in a state of paralytic fear,” he said. “My livelihood is dependent on coming over to the U.S., and any record would’ve ruined my way of life.”

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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