No. 12: 'Baltimore Spectator' social media standoff

Sharp-tongued citizen journalist and radio personality Frank James MacArthur caught national attention after live-broadcasting a standoff with a police SWAT team trying to serve a probation warrant stemming from a 2009 weapons case involving a bayonet-tipped rifle. How did it get to that point? Ask police, and they'll say MacArthur's cat-and-mouse game on social media, vowing that he wouldn't be taken without a fight and talking about violence against officers, ratcheted up their need to take every precaution in serving the warrant. Ask supporters of MacArthur, and it's an example of police overreach and the system silencing an outspoken anti-government voice. Is he political prisoner or victim of his own words and actions? Though his broadcast generated tens of thousands of listeners, he's not been able to captalize on the wider audience: he's being held without bail and facing a mandatory minimum of five years in prison if convicted.
Justin George
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