A 25-year-old man from Brooklyn who works in Times Square as a street performer, having tourists take pictures with him outfitted in a Spiderman costume, could have used the services of an experienced Massachusetts criminal lawyer recently. After Junior Bishop got into an altercation over payment with a passer-by, he was promptly arrested after punching a New York City police officer who told him he could not demand payment for his services but could only suggest that he be given a gratuity when posing for pictures.
Bishop was enraged when a tourist attempted to give him only one dollar after he posed for photographs, insisting he only accepted $5, $10 and $20 bills, all the while extending his hand for payment. After officers of the law intervened and informed the young man he was in the wrong insisting that he be paid, he immediately began yelling curses and insults, punching one of the officers attempting to restrain him, causing some facial injuries. It was then that a back-up unit of NYPD officers arrived to arrest the foul-mouthed Bishop and haul him away to jail not only for disturbing the peace but also for assaulting a police officer.
When informed by phone of what had happened to her son, his mother, who lives with him in Brooklyn, said she was not aware that he had been working in Times Square as Spiderman or that he had been arrested. She had no information if Junior had hired a Massachusetts Criminal Lawyer to provide his defense or any other defense attorney to help prevent his going to jail for a long time or paying stiff fines. This latest altercation came just weeks after the New York City Council, as well as Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, endorsed a bill to require background checks on street performers such as Bishop. An increasing number of individuals are costumed as a variety of cartoon superheroes and other persona to make money posing with visitors for photographs.
Last February, another street performer who also dressed as Spiderman, assaulted a woman he contended threw a snowball at him after he insisted on being paid for posing. He was recently convicted of harassment. The newly proposed restrictions that would help to regulate street performers would go a long way toward helping to eliminate friction between costumed performers and visitors.
Assault on a police officer is a form of assault and battery with enhanced penalties. Any time assault and battery on a police is charged prosecutors typically prosecute the case more vigorously. Any type of unconsented to touching of another may be considered assault and battery.
If you have been charged with assault abd battery or an criminal offense in Massachusetts you need to speak with an experienced Massachusetts criminal defense attorney. An attorney can help you with defense to the crime. Defense like self defense or a defense of someone else may help in a Massachusetts assault and battery charge.
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