I think we can all agree that Peeping Toms are creepy. We have the internet if you like looking at somebody who is (pretending to be) unaware of a camera recording their intimate moments. I guess what I’m saying is: people who don’t know how to use the internet are creepy.
In Florida, a city attorney is under arrest. He’s accused of being a creeper who was caught prowling around a woman’s home. Naked. And by “around a woman’s home,” I mean that he was allegedly in her bedroom. Naked.
Authorities then Tased the man. Maybe I shouldn’t be so hard on his apparent inability to use the internet to satiate his alleged perversions — after all, the man is 59 years old….
When I first heard this story, I thought the man was white. I guess I just assumed that a naked black man allegedly prowling around people’s homes would be shot to death instead of Tasered. But Gainesville City Attorney Ronald Combs is black, and he’s alive. Perhaps the Gainesville police have learned to exercise discretion in these situations lest they accidentally kill a Gator recruit? From the Gainesville Sun (gavel bang: ABA Journal):
The woman told police a noise woke her and she saw a naked man standing in her bedroom who ran off when he saw that she was awake.
The woman got up and found that a back door that she had locked before she went to bed had been opened.
She called 911 and police responded and saw a man wearing only a skull cap and running shoes moving through yards in the neighborhood.
Police chased the man, who turned out to be Combs, through yards and streets. He refused to stop and officers chased him to a house in the 700 block of Northeast Fifth Terrace, where they shot him with a Taser in order to apprehend him.
The Gainesville Sun goes on to note that Combs earns $137,300 a year as a city attorney, but I’m not sure why or how that’s relevant. Like, would a poorly paid attorney be more likely to allegedly strip naked and invade a woman’s bedroom while she’s sleeping?
In any event, the crime of “Loitering and Prowling” in Florida carries with it a $500 fine and up to 60 days in jail… which hardly seems sufficient if the allegations against Combs are true. I’d want a person convicted of this to spend at least a year in jail, and to wake up every day of that year with his 59-year-old balls staring him in the face.