One of the more bizarre incidents of this long, sweltering summer of fear and loathing took place in Houston, TX where police were attacked by a naked man brandishing a long-necked pesticide sprayer.
Police responded to a call about an unclothed man dancing and dangling and visibly deranged and the encounter soon turned violent.
The 49-year-old man retreated into a Metro Transit train with the insect sprayer which he then used to spray the officers, slapping one in the face before they lit his ass up with a Taser.
— Houston Chronicle (@HoustonChron) July 3, 2017
According to The Houston Chronicle “Naked man wielding bug spray arrested after punching police at Metro stop”:
A naked, pesticide-wielding Houston man who bugged out at a Metro stop got zapped by police – and it was all caught on camera.
The clothing-free frolic that ended in chaos started around 5 p.m. on June 6, according to Houston police. A man – who authorities later identified as 49-year-old Keith L. Dean – was allegedly spotted running around in the buff.
A concerned citizen called police to report the nude wanderer. Before officers arrived, the caller drove closer and gave the man a towel to cover himself. But in return, the naked man allegedly demanded the caller’s watch and punched him in the face.
When police arrived, witnesses told them the suspect had hopped in the train with a can of pesticide spray he’d lifted from Metro’s ground crew.
Officers tried to approach him – but he allegedly spritzed them in the face with the bug spray. After following instructions to put down the can, the man then slapped one of the cops in the face in a sudden outburst caught on camera.
The pair of police tasered the suspect – although initially that didn’t seem to have any effect. After tasering the man a second time, he was taken into custody and hit with two counts of assault on a public servant.
Although the strange skirmish happened back in June, it didn’t start attracting attention online until nearly a month later – and YouTube commenters praised the police for not escalating the situation further.
His attorney, Markay Stroud, said the video offers insight into what was happening.
“By watching the video it is clear that there is much more going on than a man intentionally committing a crime,” Stroud said. “From the actions and demeanor of Mr. Dean to the professionalism shown by the officers who arrested him it is obvious Mr. Dean is not acting rationally. I hope that once all the evidence is reviewed by the State they will realize that Mr. Dean was not acting with malicious intent toward anyone.”
While Mr. Dean’s lawyer may be claiming that his client wasn’t acting with malicious intent, the video would seem to indicate just the opposite.
The incident occurred in June and Dean will inevitably have his day in court to give his side of the story.
It’s like the late comic and social critic George Carlin once famously remarked, “When you’re born you get a ticket to the freak show. When you’re born in America, you get a front row seat.”