SF Writer Charged With Assaulting Police Officer

December 15th, 2009 | by Sqotty |

It’s rapidly becoming old news that Peter Watts, an SF writer (one I have never heard of before, despite his being nominated for a Hugo Award) was arrested when he became “non-compliant” and aggressive with border patrol officers during an inspection stop.

From the Times Herald:

Port Huron police Capt. Jim Jones would not provide the Times Herald with a copy of a police report about the incident Friday. He did read the police report to a reporter.

After being stopped, Watts exited his vehicle “angrily” and border officers began checking the black sport utility vehicle he was driving, Jones said.

Border officers ordered Watts back into the vehicle, and when he refused, officers attempted to handcuff him, Jones said. At that point, Watts began to resist and pull away from the officers “and became aggressive toward officers,” Jones said.

Jones said a border officer used pepper spray to subdue Watts. Jones said Watts “choked” an officer during the struggle.

Here are links to some articles in the press.

Daily Mail
The Star

I have also gone out to Watts’ blog and his condescending attitude towards police and people who do not support him in his claims leads me to give even more credence to the claims of law enforcement officers who were on the scene of the incident. Good gravy, this guy puts the F-word right on the top of his blog in big, bold letters. I was taught that you can measure a person’s intelligence (or lack thereof) by their use of the F-word; the more they use it, the dumber they are.

Watts is expected to appear in court on Dec. 22nd. Being a Canadian citizen, he could just stay home and never return to the U.S. If, as he claims, he is just a victim and he did nothing wrong, then he’ll show up for trial, make his plea, his defense, and so on, and have his day in court.

I have not seen the video footage. I don’t know if it is even available as yet. I have searched for it, but no score. But based on what I have read, my money is on law enforcement and not on Peter Watts.

If he is found guilty, or if he chooses to not appear, he better return the money people are giving him for his legal defense. If he is exonerated, then he should consider it money well spent and give those people some display of gratefulness.

Meanwhile, I look forward to seeing the video of the incident.


  1. One Response to “SF Writer Charged With Assaulting Police Officer”

  2. By Chad on Dec 15, 2009 | Reply

    At first glance it sounded like the border patrol agents were at fault, but while they might not have been absolutely polite, it does seem they were probably just doing their jobs, and this guy pulled an attitude. And I would love to see the video.

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