Midtown's Baton Bob threatened, called gay slur

Incident occurred Wednesday; City's Community Services Division to conduct community safety seminar for the LGBT community

The City of Atlanta’s Community Services Division will conduct a community safety seminar on Tuesday, June 26, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., at The Evolution Project located at 583 Juniper Street.

The seminar is open to anyone, but will focus primarily on discussions specific to the LGBT community.

The Department’s LGBT liaisons, Officer Brian Sharp and Officer Kristin Knight, will provide information on basic safety tips on proactive crime prevention. They will also be joined by Crime Prevention Inspector Selena Swoope. All three work in the Department’s Community Oriented Policing Section, created to bring citizens and APD officers together in a proactive, collaborative and solutions-oriented approach to fighting crime.

“It is important to update and educate the LGBT community on current crime trends affecting it,” said Deputy Chief Renee Propes in a statement. ”Providing proactive crime prevention information will hopefully offer the tools to prevent victimization.” Topics will include:

  • Robbery Prevention and Personal Security.
  • The “See Something, Say Something” campaign, which encourages citizens to call 911 to report suspicious activity.
  • The “Clean Car” campaign, which aims to prevent vehicle break-ins by encouraging the removal of valuables.

A full-service police agency, the department has adopted a community-oriented policing philosophy and relies heavily upon community input and collaborative problem-solving strategies. It is through heightened community involvement in public safety matters that the Atlanta Police Department will most effectively address its many priorities, including, but not limited to youth-related crime, domestic violence and the fight against crime in Atlanta.

Meanwhile, Atlanta Magazine reported Friday that Midtown’s beloved street performer, Baton Bob, was threatened and called a gay slur this week off of Cheshire Bridge Road. Bob, a.k.a. 60-year-old Bob Jamerson, was dressed in his familiar drum majorette costume and spreading his unique brand of entertainment when a black male got in his face and began taunting him.

Baton Bob, who anounced his celebratory return to Midtown to Midtown Patch last month, told the magazine: “I was into my thing and when I turned around, he was six inches from my face, yelling 'Damn faggot!' and threatening to kill me."

Bob ultimately called 911 and filled out an incident report. See more of the Atlanta Magazine piece here.

tj June 16, 2012 at 12:57 PM
I am glad Baton Bob has come back to midtown. He adds to our community and is certainly entertaining. I feel bad that someone would attack him like that. We don't need people like that in our community.
John Sarine June 16, 2012 at 01:10 PM
I'm speechless
Ashley N. June 16, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Even in the 21st century we have people trying to intimidate other human beings, with their vile ignorant behavior....personally I would rather see the colorful "Baton Bob" gracing the pavements of Midtown and Chershire Bridge than some of the bland, boring characters that invade our sidewalks. Our adopted majorette is not bothering or doing harm....just bringing smiles and a cheery attitude, quite frankly nothing wrong with that.
Marc Acampora June 16, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Bullies suck.
ChrisCrossdresser June 16, 2012 at 06:58 PM
That's nothing compared to being surrounded by a ALL WHITE Leo Frank type lynch mob, who literally BLOCKED, BULLIED & HARASSED me; a U.S. law abiding gay crossdresser! And all i did was walk on the public sidewalk in a city of Atlanta public park, in Buckhead! I didn't call 911, but i did hand deliver a 'Human Rights Commishion complaint form' to city hall, WHERE IT DISSAPEARED. THANKS, CITY OF ATLANTA FOR ALLOWING BUCKHEAD BASEBALL & Raymond E. Baltz Jr. to VIOLATE THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF THE L/G/B/T COMMUNITY! YouTube "Buckhead Baseball" to read all comments.
ChrisCrossdresser June 16, 2012 at 07:02 PM
Even in the 21st century we have people trying to intimidate other human beings, with their vile ignorant behavior...SUCH AS King & Spalding's RAYMOND E. BALTz jR. , Diane Harnell Cowan, Coca-Cola Enterprizes & Fulton County Government. YouTube 'Buckhead Baseball Atlanta' to read comments about how they VIOLATED MY CIVIL RIGHTS, just for WALKING ON A PUBLIC SIDEWALK in Elton John's 'gay'borhood. THANKS & have a blessed day!
Bucko June 16, 2012 at 07:19 PM
Hmmm, Glamour Bob is in full celebrity attire, drawing wanted attention to himself,blowing a whistle, twirling a baton and being more flamboyant than the average majorette ( male or female) and ONE young man,, perhaps confused with male role models, makes news by stating the awkward obvious...good thing Bob can't recieve the daily 100's of telepathic critiques ...he wants attention and should expect that statistically 1 out of everyone else to make absurd comments...buck up li'l buckarooooooo
Bucko June 16, 2012 at 07:21 PM
"Buck up".... l'il Bucka roo-ette...we luv u
ChrisCrossdresser June 16, 2012 at 10:55 PM
If a teen gets 5 years in jail for tranny beating, THEN WHAT SHOULD KING & SPALDING'S Raymond Baltz Jr. receive?????? Five year sentence for teen charged in McDonald’s transgender beating .http://lgbtweekly.com/2011/09/14/five-year-sentence-for-teen-charged-in-mcdonald%E2%80%99s-transgender-beating/#comment-59728.. ..... Then what would of been the sentence for King & Spalding lawyer RAYMOND E. BALTZ JR. FOR VIOLATING THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF A U.S. LAW ABIDING GAY CROSSDRESSER??? What kind of lawyer BLOCKS ME; a GAY CROSSDRESSER, from WALKING ON THE PUBLIC SIDEWALK IN A PUBLIC PARK?? And when threatened to being reported, Mr. Baltz quips “It would be your word against ours (Buckhead Baseball) & who would believe YOURS?” Without even knowing a DAMN thing about me, this Atlanta King & Spalding lawyer VIOLATED MY CIVIL RITHTS TO WALK ON A PUBLIC SIDEWALK, IN A CITY OF ATLANTA PUBLIC PARK!!!!! I DEMAND JUSTICE!!! If the people will lead, THE LEADERS WILL FOLLOW! Ray Baltz Jr. did a HATE CRIME unto ME! Why is ATLANTA’S Fulton County Govt. ALLOWING IT TO CONTINUE????? And why is Coca-Cola Enterprices a “proud major sponsor” of that ALL WHITE HOMOPHOBIC NON PROFIT TAX EXEMPT HATE GROUP??? Coca-Cola talks “diversity”,BUT THEY SURE IN HELL DON’T PRACTICE IT! Had i only known that Ray Baltz Jr. was a lawyer at the time, I WOULD HAVE HAD HIM ARRESTED & PRESSED CHARGES!
ChrisCrossdresser June 16, 2012 at 11:00 PM
Ironic that Atlanta allows the National Center for Civil and Human Rights to be built next to The World of Coca-Cola. 5 months after King & Spalding's (Coke's favorite law firm) K&S's Raymond Baltz Jr. harassed, bullied & kicked a law abiding gay crossdresser out of a public park, Coca-Cola awarded King & Spalding a "Living Well Diversity Award"! Even more $hocking is that Atlanta's Fulton county allows them to to violate the civil rights of minorities. YouTube 'Buckhead Baseball Atlanta' to read comments
Hunt Archbold (Editor) June 25, 2012 at 01:26 PM
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