UPDATE: Charges against Maryland dad dropped

Yesterday, Glenn shared the story out of Towson, Maryland involving a father, Robert Small, who was arrested and charged with second-degree assault of a police officer for expressing his concerns about the Baltimore County School District’s plan to implement Common Core standards in its curriculum at a public forum Thursday night.

In the video that surfaced of the event, it did not appear that Small resisted arrest, let alone assaulted the police officer. The second-degree charge carried a possible 10-year prision sentence and a $2,500 fine. It now appears the Baltimore County State’s Attorney is dropping the charges against Small.

Great news, right? Maybe not.

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“It is not over. It is so important that you understand why they dropped these charges,” Glenn said on radio this morning. “They did not say there was no merit to these charges. They are just putting this behind them, and I believe it is because America paid attention. They know this is going to cause too many problems. Do not push this. Drop those charges.”

TheBlaze reports:

State’s Attorney Scott Shellenberger told WBAL Radio that it was “clear that Mr. Small violated the rules of the meeting and disrupted the meeting.” Further, Shellenberger defended the arrest and resulting charges.

“It was also clear that the Officer acted appropriately and did have probable cause to make an arrest on both charges,” he added. “The Baltimore County State’s Attorney’s Office has just received and reviewed the facts of this case. In the interest of justice, further prosecution will not accomplish anything more. Therefore, the charges have been dismissed.”

The police officer involved in the incident was off duty and working as a security officer for the event. He apparently intervened at the request of Baltimore County Schools Superintendent Dr. S. Dallas Dance’s chief of staff.

“So they’re not admitting that there was a problem here, and this is what you should get from this: They have sent the message. They have made it very clear. ‘We will arrest you. You break any of these rules? You want to speak out of turn and talk to us? The school that is teaching your kids not to bully – we will bully you with every bit of the force of the law that we have.’ This was bullying. And they are teaching you – sit down. Sit down and accept Common Core.”

  • http://www.artinphoenix.com/gallery/grimm snowleopard (cat folk gallery)

    Good to hear.

  • ThorsteinVeblen2012

    What about the guy that got tazed for asking John Kerry the impertinent question?


    Where was the outrage then?

    • Anonymous

       I never heard about that, but then given the BLATANT liberal bias of the majority of news media so-called “journalists”, it’s very hard to find out what is “really” going on in our country today.  That is not the sort of thing they would publicize, because heaven forbid the “sheeple” should be awakened from their IGNORANT slumber before their take-over is complete!

      • ThorsteinVeblen2012

        Well then you haven’t been following Beck or O’Reilly 

        This is what Beck had to say:

        BECK: And a college student gets Tasered for being extremely annoying.MEYER [video clip]: Don’t Tase me, bro. Don’t Tase me! I didn’t do anything wrong! Ow!BECK: I say hit him with another 50,000 volts.MEYER [video clip]: Ow![…]BECK: Coming up, a college student is Tasered by campus police during a John Kerry event. Some say the action was overly aggressive. I say he was asking for it and deserved every single volt that he got. I’ll explain.[…]BECK: Now, I’d like to say that my sense of humor has evolved past the point where I don’t enjoy watching someone get Tasered. I’d like to say that, but I can’t. To me, Taser videos are a little like potato chips. I just can’t watch just one.

        Media Matters kept the file


        • Anonymous

           I don’t include Beck OR O’Reilly when I talk about “the media”, and I follow them a lot, but apparently I missed that little item.

          • Guest

             That’s because it never happened the way Thorstein depicts it.
            Beck was mocking the entire thing – he was being sarcastic. This guy is just parroting the Media Matters propaganda like a good little puppet.

          • Anonymous

            Thank you for clearing it up.

        • Guest

            Beck was mocking the whole situation, not the kid. You got sucked right into the typical MediMatters propaganda. Notice theyh presented it in print – no way to pick up on the sarcasm of the voice. It is propaganda. It is what Media Matters does.

      • bumpkin

        THAT is exactly why we love the Blaze!  Because it tells the whole truth and nothing but!  As the ORIGINAL Scum-Hunter, I can freely and completely recommend The Blaze to the world for the truth to be told to them through!  There is no scum at The Blaze.

    • http://www.facebook.com/byron.lord.104 Byron Lord

      Sorry that you missed the outrage, but there was plenty. I, and all of the other conservatives I know, were cheering for that young man’s bravado in exercising his free speech, and decrying the excessive police response. So, what’s your point? You picked a really strange case to cite as a rebuttal. Are you opposed to free speech? Both cases are representative of state suppression of individual free speech, but you apparently object to our support of free speech by someone who has an opinion with which you disagree. Is that your proposed rewriting of the 1st? “The state shall not infringe on the rights of free speech of people I agree with?” Yes, the 1st also includes the religion clause, but I just presumed you would choose to omit that part anyway. Seems to me, you missed the outrage of your precedent, as well as the point of this one.

      • ThorsteinVeblen2012

        Oh yeah?


        Beck mocked him, said he should have had more.

        O’Reilly gave away “Don’t taze me bro” bumperstickers.

        You along with Beck and O’Reilly were cheering Andrew Meyer on? That’s a lie.

        BECK: And a college student gets Tasered for being extremely annoying.

        MEYER [video clip]: Don’t Tase me, bro. Don’t Tase me! I didn’t do anything wrong! Ow!

        BECK: I say hit him with another 50,000 volts.

        MEYER [video clip]: Ow!


        BECK: Coming up, a college student is Tasered by campus police during a John Kerry event. Some say the action was overly aggressive. I say he was asking for it and deserved every single volt that he got. I’ll explain.


        BECK: Now, I’d like to say that my sense of humor has evolved past the point where I don’t enjoy watching someone get Tasered. I’d like to say that, but I can’t. To me, Taser videos are a little like potato chips. I just can’t watch just one.

        • http://www.facebook.com/byron.lord.104 Byron Lord

          Apology? Me? For what Glenn Beck said? He has his free speech, too, whether you like it or not, but just because I am here you feel you can safely assume that I am in complete lockstep with him? And you are here as well, but I made no such assumptions. I will accept your apology for your unfounded accusation calling me a liar. You are using a typical liberal ploy of trying to pin guilt on me by association when there is no connection whatsoever. All you can do is spew and regurgitate the pap from mediamatters, a group that doesn’t have the decency to admit that they are biased, and therefore not qualified to be “watchdogs.” Mr. Beck has never made any such claim, no matter what you think of him. I respect that more than slimy snakes in the grass pretending to be neutral when their whole reason for existence was to combat Hillary Clinton’s delusional “vast right-wing conspiracy.” Collusion among leftists, particularly those who have so crapped upon the once respected title of journalist until it is now an insult, denies them and you (by association) the right to call anyone either a liar or a conspirator. Mind you, I never contested the veracity of your quote, just its relevance, but considering your favored source I would now have to go over it letter by letter including all punctuation, and then cross-check it in context before I would certify it as truthful because MM’s reputation is so foul. I don’t watch Fox News, before you throw that stale and idiotic jibe at me, but as laughable as their “fair and balanced” motto might be, it has vastly more credibility than anything ever published by MM. On top of all of that, you have said absolutely NOTHING to respond to my questions of: What’s your point? and Don’t you believe in free speech? I allow you, nay, encourage you to practice your right to it, or is “copy and paste” all you’ve got?

        • Guest

           Beck was mocking the whole situation, not the kid. You got sucked right into the typical MediMatters propaganda.

        • Anonymous

          We don’t apologize for your intentional misrepresentations.

    • Anonymous

      I’m wondering why nobody in the crowd of hundreds stepped in to stop it.

  • Anonymous

    You Will Be Educated.
    By Us.
    Resistance Is Futile.

  • Draxx

    The Police Officer Should Get The Assault Charges…  For Violating His Civil Rights!!!

    • http://www.absoluteintensity.com dennis reilly

       I’m with you, and the three schmucks on the dais should be sued for condoning it

    • Mike Nelson


      I wonder what would have happened, had another half dozen willful patriots stood to stop the officer from escorting the man out?

      I mean, OTHER THAN the arrival of another 20 uniformed “Peace Officers”…

      THAT is the video I am waiting to see (or be part of).

    • Anonymous

      I like cops, but a cop is just a person. How is it that we’ve allowed a person to be so untouchable. It’s like they’re sacred or something. Maybe it’s more along the lines that the government has over extended the powers that the police should have. And we’ve all been trained to fear/obey/respect them. We should be able to protect ourselves from cops much like we can protect ourselves from any other person. And then we can go to court to defend our reasoning as well. Warrants would be nice too. I guess it’s one more thing that we get to fix. Thanks government.

      • Draxx

        Cops are Necessary, But They Do Not Have To Be A Necessary Evil…

  • Draxx

    The New Amendment – You Have The Right To Shutup And Sit Down Or Be Prosecuted For Speaking Your Mind…!

    The Other New Amendment – Police Officers That Show Their Badge Have Unlimited Power To Arrest Anyone For Anything At Anytime.  Because A Badge Is Equivelant To Having A Court Order or Warrant…!

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUrbEIqFl_Q Sam Fisher

    Good for the man but he should really sue.

  • Anonymous

    The charges were dropped for ONE reason:  They realized they had been caught ON VIDEO blatantly violating this man’s rights, and were likely looking down the barrels of a “false arrest” LAWSUIT.  And so they dropped the charges–while REFUSING to admit they had done anything wrong. (Typical).  If the parents in that school district are not total SHEEP (unlikely, given the way they sat there and passively ALLOWED this to happen), they will make sure the members of this school board PAY at the voting polls for their IGNORANCE and disregard of the Bill of Rights.  There is NOTHING worse than a petty bureaucrat drunk on his own (however minor) political power, and these school board members obviously are EXACTLY that and should be REMOVED from their positions, FORTHWITH.  That seems to be the ONLY “message” politicians “get” these days, is if they find themselves out of a job.

    Parents are the ones paying for the schools and paying the salaries of these IDIOTS, and we should NOT put up with being talked down to or bullied into silence by them, much LESS let them get away with insinuating this Communist HORROR called “Common Core” into the schools that WE pay for.

    • russell zinter


  • Anonymous

    And then we have Harry Reid, that unprincipled little WEASEL standing up there calling us “anarchists” for daring to disagree with him and his idol, Obama.  I haven’t seen a SINGLE Tea Party person involved in a SINGLE act of violence, much less “anarchy”.  Instead, it is Harry Reid, Obama, and their ilk who are promoting violence and bloodshed in the streets with their constant harping on “democracy” (meaning “mob rule”).  This is the classic BIG LIE technique of accusing your enemies of that which you are doing yourself, in hopes they’ll be too busy defending themselves against your bogus charges to actually fight what you are doing.

  • Chris Miller

    Scott Shellenberger should be disbarred immediately!

  • Anonymous

    I’m a little confused. .the DA said ” in the interest of justice ” there will be nothing further on the charges. What else exactly was he suppose to say ? Deep down, I think Glenn is a little disappointed the charges were dropped. …just sayin !! Lol !

  • Anonymous

    Well, I guess they’ll have to arrest Gov. Scott in FL ’cause he’s questioning the federal government’s shoving Common Core on us all.

  • Anonymous

    Please interview this man and make him a hero, he is already my hero!!!!!!!!!! thanks

  • Anonymous

    The state attorney should be fired.  If I was the governor he would have been out of a job today.  I would also have taken over the education system of Townson and the board members would be in jail as well as the off duty officer.  Mr. Small needs to get a good constitutional law lawyer and sue the crap out of these bstds, professionally and personally.  Take everything they own or expect to own.  Common core is a bastardization of education and designed to dumb down our kids even further.

  • Anonymous

    There must be some way this Dad could sue.

  • Anonymous

    They should still face false arrest charges.

  • Anonymous

    The Delphi Technique: Let’s Stop Being Manipulated!

    By Albert V. Burns
    More and more, we are seeing citizens being invited to “participate” in various forms of meetings, councils, or boards to “help determine” public policy in one field or another. They are supposedly being included to get ”input” from the public to help officials make final decisions on taxes, education, community growth or whatever the particular subject matter might be.
    Sounds great, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, surface appearances are often deceiving.
    You, Mr. or Mrs. Citizen, decide to take part in one of these meetings.
    Generally, you will find that there is already someone designated to lead or “facilitate” the meeting. Supposedly, the job of the facilitator is to be a neutral, non-directing helper to see that the meeting flows smoothly.
    Actually, he or she is there for exactly the opposite reason: to see that the conclusions reached during the meeting are in accord with a plan already decided upon by those who called the meeting.
    The process used to “facilitate” the meeting is called the Delphi Technique. This Delphi Technique was developed by the RAND Corporation for the U.S. Department of Defense back in the 1950s. It was originally intended for use as a psychological weapon during the cold war.
    However, it was soon recognized that the steps of Delphi could be very valuable in manipulating ANY meeting toward a predetermined end.
    How does the process take place? The techniques are well developed and well defined.
    First, the person who will be leading the meeting, the facilitator or Change Agent must be a likable person with whom those participating in the meeting can agree or sympathize.
    It is, therefore, the job of the facilitator to find a way to cause a split in the audience, to establish one or a few of the people as “bad guys” while the facilitator is perceived as the “good guy.”
    Facilitators are trained to recognize potential opponents and how to make such people appear aggressive, foolish, extremist, etc. Once this is done, the facilitator establishes himself or herself as the “friend” of the rest of the audience.
    The stage is now set for the rest of the agenda to take place.
    At this point, the audience is generally broken up into “discussion—or ‘breakout’—groups” of seven or eight people each. Each of these groups is to be led by a subordinate facilitator.
    Within each group, discussion takes place of issues, already decided upon by the leadership of the meeting. Here, too, the facilitator manipulates the discussion in the desired direction, isolating and demeaning opposing viewpoints.
    Generally, participants are asked to write down their ideas and disagreements with the papers to be turned in and “compiled” for general discussion after the general meeting is reconvened.
    This is the weak link in the chain, which you are not supposed to recognize. Who compiles the various notes into the final agenda for discussion? Ahhhh! Well, it is those who are running the meeting.
    How do you know that the ideas on your notes were included in the final result? You Don’t! You may realize that your idea was not included and come to the conclusion that you were probably in the minority. Recognize that every other citizen member of this meeting has written his or her likes or dislikes on a similar sheet of paper and they, too, have no idea whether their ideas were “compiled” into the final result! You don’t even know if anyone’s ideas are part of the final “conclusions” presented to the reassembled group as the “consensus” of public opinion.
    Rarely does anyone challenge the process, since each concludes that he or she was in the minority and different from all the others.
    So, now, those who organized the meeting in the first place are able to tell the participants and the rest of the community that the conclusions, reached at the meeting, are the result of public participation.
    Actually, the desired conclusions had been established, in the back room, long before the meeting ever took place. There are variations in the technique to fit special situations but, in general, the procedure outlined above takes place.
    The natural question to ask here is: If the outcome was preordained before the meeting took place, why have the meeting? Herein lies the genius of this Delphi Technique.
    It is imperative that the general public believe that this program is theirs! They thought it up! They took part in its development! Their input was recognized!
    If people believe that the program is theirs, they will support it.
    If they get the slightest hint that the program is being imposed upon them, they will resist.
    This very effective technique is being used, over and over and over, to change our form of government from the representative republic, intended by the Founding Fathers, into a “participatory democracy.” Now, citizens chosen at large are manipulated into accepting preset outcomes while they believe that the input they provided produced the outcomes which are now theirs! The reality is that the final outcome was already determined long before any public meetings took place, determined by individuals unknown to the public. Can you say “Conspiracy?”
    These “Change Agents” or “Facilitators” can be beaten! They may be beaten using their own methods against them.
    Because it is so important, I will repeat the suggestions I gave in the last previous column. One: Never, never lose your temper! Lose your temper and lose the battle, it is that simple! Smile, if it kills you to do so. Be courteous at all times. Speak in a normal tone of voice.
    Two: Stay focused! Always write your question or statement down in advance to help you remember the exact manner in which your question or statement was made.
    These agents are trained to twist things to make anyone not acceding to their agenda look silly or aggressive. Smile, wait till the change agent gets done speaking and then bring them back to your question. If they distort what you said, simply remind those in the group that what he or she is saying is not what you asked or said and then repeat, verbatim, from your notes the original objection.
    Three: Be persistent! Wait through any harangues and then repeat the original question. (Go back and reread the previous column.)
    Four: (I wish to thank a reader of the previous column for some EXCELLENT suggestions.) Don’t go alone! Get as many friends or relatives who think as you do, to go along with you to the meeting. Have each person ”armed” with questions or statements which all generally support your central viewpoint. Don’t sit together as a group! Spread out through the audience so that your group does not seem to be a group.
    When the facilitator or change agent avoids answering your question and insists that he must move on so everyone may have a chance to speak, your own agents in the audience can then ask questions, worded differently, but still with the same meaning as yours. They can bring the discussion back to your original point.
    They could even point out, in a friendly manner, that the agent did not really answer your question. The more the agent avoids your question, and the more your friends bring that to the attention of the group, the more the audience will shift in your favor.
    To quote my informant: “Turn the technique back on them and isolate the change agent as the kook. I’ve done it and seen steam come out of the ears of those power brokers in the wings who are trying to shove something down the citizen’s throats. And it’s so much fun to watch the moderator squirm and lose his cool, all while trying to keep a smile on his face.”
    Now that you understand how meetings are manipulated, let’s show them up for the charlatans which they are.
    Published in the September 23, 2002, issue of Ether Zone.

    • Guest

       Excellent post.

  • Anonymous

    Maryland has become another communist state, just like Communifornia and Communicut. 

  • Anonymous

    Why will the stupid citizens not replace these school boards.  Why will they not get rid of authorities that condone over-riding peoples right of free speech……. and then fire the damn police officers.  The police have become absolute tyrants and often murderers!

  • Anonymous

    Many years ago I used to argue with a neighbor, an avid shooter and gun collector. He was adamantly against gun registration, I was for it (a gun owner and shooter myself). The registration we were discussing was local registration, the technology for a central Federal system wasn’t there yet.

    His argument was that “when the Commies take over they will use the registration to confiscate our guns”. I thought that silly, I pointed out that the police and the sheriffs were basically conservative and would burn the records if we were invaded.

    I was wrong! In my defense, neither of us considered that the US would be taken over by infiltration rather than invasion – the sixties flower children were still in their communes growing organic vegetables, we didn’t anticipate that they would be running the country fifty years later.

    “Power corrupts,” etc.So true. The government of, for, and by the people has become the government of the people for and by the government. SWAT teams in the EPA and other agencies.

    Common Core was a good idea when it was proposed by many state governors – it addressed the “three R’s” and suggested state mandated standards for the basic tools of learning. It has been appropriated by the Feds and is now setting national curriculae and deciding on standard texts. The original idea was that  children should learn their “times table” and how to read and write – it has been corrupted to define what to read and write, and how to explain that 2 times 3 equals 7.

    I entered college in 1953, I had to know more math and reading and writing to be accepted than most college grads know today. My intended major was physics, but I had to have a basic knowledge of two modern languages (other than English) and one ancient one. Those who planned a major in literature or history had to have at least advanced algebra and plane geometry skills. Elementary and high schools taught the basic tools for learning, they didn’t teach attitudes and agendas.

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  • Take 2

    The first year of second term of Obama jr. is upon us…!   He has dispersed guns ammo and Billions of US cash monies to Islam – X dictators killed…Soon Jr. must tell the American people no more lies and disclose his true faith and real Islamist name at birth. This is my 500 th blog since 2008 to all the above and 75% has come true. I believe that the Banking Take Over being blocked, by the Brown Vote or 2010 Tea Vote  – Claiming his true birth name might be delayed.

  • Anonymous

    This should wake up many as to how corrupt this federal Government is. Like a movie I saw one time starring Al Pacheno. He said and I quote, ” someone needs to take a flamethrower to this place” un-quote. Simply means that the federal government is to perverted and corrupt,it is hardly worth saving. Yes the feds run pubic screwl curriculums. Common core is a fed program which is totally sick and deranged. A typical lib–tard program.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=643421602 Frank M Wigginton

      I believe this was a meeting that was out of control and an arrest that should have only been proper in the nation of China, Russia or some other third world country. I certainly would  not permit my child to attend school there. If there is some way to sue this board it should be done. I don’t know what the rules are and the legality of this place but I would have a GOOD attorney look at this procedure to see if there are legal process and would certainly pursue it with the ending being a lawful action to be taken against the persons in authority here.

  • http://suzeraining.wordpress.com/ suz

    we’re already at shoot.  police ARE shooting at innocent people.

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