Speak at a Conservative Conference with Phyllis Schlafly – Get Detained By the Police

In September I spoke at the Eagle Forum XLI organized by Phyllis Schlafly.
I sat on a conference panel on Saturday morning with Gretchen Logue, Ben Evans and editor Nick Eicher.

My brother Joe was back in St. Louis from Hong Kong and joined me at the conference on Saturday morning. Here we are with 88 year-old Phyllis Schlafly.

Two weeks later I got a visit from local police.

I answered my door around noon and saw two men who identified themselves as police investigators. I let them in. The two officers said they wanted to ask me a few questions. I told them I would jump in the shower and meet them at the station. They said they’d rather I wouldn’t and that they would drive me down to the station. So I changed clothes and went outside with them where I saw another officer was hiding to the side of my door. We got in their car and went for a drive.

As we drove (I had no idea why they had picked me up) one investigator started asking me questions. He explained that an elderly man says he was jumped on the night of Thursday September 20, 2012 in a Schnuck’s (local grocery chain) parking lot when he got out of his car and was entering the store. The retired professor has an Obama sticker on his car and told police a tall middle-aged man jumped him from behind and held something to his neck and threatened him because he had an Obama bumper sticker. (Hmm…) The man contacted police after he saw his neck was scratched.

The police said they discovered there was a conservative conference at the hotel across the street from Schnuck’s that weekend. When they saw my photos on the internet they approached the man and he said I looked like the man who attacked him. They still have no video of the “attack.”

The police asked me several times if I had attacked the 70 year-old Obama supporter. I told them I was with friends that night. The police then called my brother back in Hong Kong and asked him if he attacked the retiree when he was in town.

Today I went on with Dana Loesch to discuss the episode.

So there you have it.
Speak at a conservative conference – get detained by police.

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  • Rhoda R

    Bearing false witness. Just another arrow to close down free speech.

  • Sickofobama

    Unbelievable. I think this must be in Rules for Radicals.

  • KB Walker

    That is weird. Sue for harrassment.

  • Hopeless

    You’ve learned a very important lesson about the police today.

    Never, under any circumstances permit them in your home. Further, never have any discussion with them without a lawyer present.

    This is what you should have done: 1) Met with them outside, declined them entry to your home. 2) declined cooperation, and verify that you are not under arrest and are free to go. Never acknowledge or engage any of their questions. 3) instruct them that to leave your property, and to direct all future queries through your attorney.

    Cops are never your friend.

  • Linda

    Yikes…was this guy who accused you considered a good citizen or was it sketchy from the get-go? I read about this incident in the Patch and wondered about it because it seemed pretty sketchy to me.

  • Militant Conservative

    Congratulations! Your now in the BIG TIME. Only those that are effective are

    harrassed like this. Just know this is what Breitbart delt with too, as well as

    Limbaugh. Ya ever need help, or a body guard, call me. I’m legal and capable.

    Due to Obamacare I am unemployed, I’m quite sure Kenny Soloman will

    join you as well. It is getting down to the rub and the left is getting desperate.

    You have my prayers and my help if needed.

    “May the GOD of Abraham, Issac and Jaccob, the GOD of my mother and the GOD

    of your mother protect, shield and guide you. Till next we meet I might clasp

    your hand with a warmer and deeper meaning”

  • Granny

    Jim, an attorney friend of mine says the Number One Rule when talking to the police is to say not a single word other than “I would like to call my lawyer.” If you don’t have one, you might want to get one. Quickly.

  • http://saucyusa.blogspot.com Lisa G in NZ

    Be safe Jim, we need your voice…

  • Militant Conservative

    #4 gave you sound advice.

    Retain you rights at all costs.

    The Cops are just a tool of the Political class.

    Rare are the cops that are not corrupt.

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  • JP

    If you Google, “Swatting” you will see that this happened to Eric Erickson as well. Since this call did not involve the SWAT team, then I would call this kind of hoax “semi- swatting.” The guy did call the police and make a false report for political reasons. The left is clearly desperate and willing to punish innocent people just for the sake of getting their political way. To them, the end justify the means. Truth and conviction mean nothing to them.

  • njoriole

    NEVER go with the cops, not “to clear some things up,” not “just for some routine information,” not ever. In fact, before letting them inside your home, find out specifically why they are there, and what they want from you. As much as we all want to cooperate with law enforcement, just the fact that they showed up at your door unannounced indicated nothing good for you. ALWAYS insist on representation, and/or specifics as to what it’s all about. If they had had reason to believe you WERE the guy (assuming the incident even took place), you would have been arrested.

  • dwd

    Anyone can accuse anyone of anything.

    The accuser has to prove HE was where he said he was. They need to look at his cell phone records, which will show which cell towers his phone contacted and when. Was he really at the location where he says the attack occurred at the time he says it occurred? Is there video of him arriving at or departing from the grocery store? He has to prove his end of the story. And frankly, who in their right mind gets “attacked” but decides not to call the police until “finding a wound”? You call the police whether or not you find a scratch on yourself.

    This smells of a set up — this guy looked up this event after the fact, made up a false attack, and accused innocent people who attended the event he disagreed with.

    This accuser needs to go to jail. Pursue whatever legal recourse is available to bring this liar to justice.

    It’s an Obama world.

  • AuntieMadder

    Congratulations. You’re on your way to being a Breitbart.

  • Pastorius

    I hope you will never allow the Police to question you without a Lawyer present ever again?

  • Sasja

    Good advice, Jim. Never, ever, let the cops into your home without a warrant and never talk to them without an attorney present. You know you did nothing wrong but that does not matter when the cops come calling.

  • http://mychal-massie.com/premium/ bg


    was listening to you on the Dana show today..

    one question:

    have you checked your belongings and house for BUGS??


  • Mahdi Al-Dajjal

    If Obama gets re-elected, expect this to happen to others with a “R” after their name with the difference being that you’ll be dragged into a squad car, driven away, and never heard from again. Prior to the election, they need your cooperation. Afterwards, they can skip such formalities.

  • http://www.alottatalk.com GregInSeattle

    Wow. This country seems to be teetering on the edge… of something. Be careful- apparently you’re too effective and they want to slow you down. God Bless.

  • Llarry

    What a moronic claim by the retired college professor. A tall, middle-aged man “threatens” him for having an Obama sticker on his car? What does that even mean?

    “If you don’t vote for Romney, I’ll kill ya!”

    If he said someone beat the tar out of him, that would make sense. But what kind of threat could a stranger make about supporting Obama? How would this stranger ever find out if his threat was effective or not unless he accompanied the retired college professor into the voting booth and watched him press the button?

    You’ve been “swatted,” Jim. Find out who this guy is and you’ll have all the answers you need.