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March 29, 2012 12:09 PM   Subscribe

Arrested drunk guy sings Bohemian Rhapsody.
posted by cmoj (91 comments total) 31 users marked this as a favorite

 
this is why we can have nice things.
posted by herbplarfegan at 12:18 PM on March 29, 2012 [5 favorites]


Why's camera pointed at guy in rear of patrol car? If under arrest, why is he not cuffed? That's SOP. I smell a fake. But a funny one.
posted by VicNebulous at 12:21 PM on March 29, 2012


why is he not cuffed

Physical violence is the least of his priorities. Or, see thread title.
posted by yoink at 12:23 PM on March 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


If under arrest, why is he not cuffed?

Air guitar. Duh.
posted by R. Schlock at 12:24 PM on March 29, 2012 [5 favorites]


This will lead to an amendment to the Miranda law: Anything you SING can be used against you in a court of law.
posted by three blind mice at 12:24 PM on March 29, 2012


Do they even have handcuffs in Canada?
posted by omarr at 12:24 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Also, perhaps, Canada?
posted by cmoj at 12:24 PM on March 29, 2012


same reason why the guy isn't immediately tased. it's canada!
posted by danny the boy at 12:24 PM on March 29, 2012 [19 favorites]


They arrest drunk people in Canada?
posted by The World Famous at 12:26 PM on March 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


Anything you SING can be used against you in a court of law.

Cops have always tried to get suspects to sing. They've got this guy on murder one.
posted by yoink at 12:26 PM on March 29, 2012 [34 favorites]


You can tell from the cop's interactions with him, that clearly he's well known to authorities for his antics and considered harmless. That's the kind of colorful public drunkenness I can get behind.
posted by Kattullus at 12:27 PM on March 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


Man, Jonathan Coulton usually sounds way better than that.
posted by Winnemac at 12:29 PM on March 29, 2012 [18 favorites]


danny the boy: "same reason why the guy isn't immediately tased. it's canada!"

*cough* Robert Dziekański *cough*
posted by klanawa at 12:31 PM on March 29, 2012 [12 favorites]


yoink: "Anything you SING can be used against you in a court of law.

Cops have always tried to get suspects to sing. They've got this guy on murder one.
"

Unfortunately the only victim they can find is sitting in the front seat of the cruiser.
posted by klanawa at 12:32 PM on March 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


Cops have always tried to get suspects to sing. They've got this guy on murder one.

niiiiiice
posted by nathancaswell at 12:35 PM on March 29, 2012


Unfortunately the only victim they can find is sitting in the front seat of the cruiser.

There's also Freddie Mercury.
posted by yoink at 12:37 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


And me.
posted by Splunge at 12:41 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


He must've been pledging the Dartmouth fraternity.
posted by M.C. Lo-Carb! at 12:42 PM on March 29, 2012


How long were they driving around? When the shot shifts from facing forward to facing the back seat, the time stamp jumps forward about 40 minutes. Either they're not calibrated, or that it is one heck of a drive from the site of his public drunkenness to the police station.
posted by slmorri at 12:44 PM on March 29, 2012


when the glasses came off i knew we were on
posted by facetious at 1:00 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Are we sure that's not Zach Galifianakis?
posted by Malice at 1:04 PM on March 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


Ah, Canada, that explains a lot. My bad.
posted by VicNebulous at 1:07 PM on March 29, 2012


Beelzebub obviously had a devil put aside for him. For him. For him.
posted by PapaLobo at 1:11 PM on March 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


I see possibilities for a Cop Rock / Cops reality show.
posted by dances_with_sneetches at 1:12 PM on March 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


Ok, be honest. How many of you watched this and thought "This could be me?"
posted by MysticMCJ at 1:20 PM on March 29, 2012 [5 favorites]


Songs to sing in back of cop cars:

* Bohemian Rhapsody
* I Fought the Law
* Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
* Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
* Folsom Prison Blues
* Jailhouse Rock
* In the Jailhouse Now
* Jailbreak (AC/DC or Thin Lizzy)
posted by zarq at 1:23 PM on March 29, 2012 [6 favorites]


Do they even have handcuffs in Canada?
same reason why the guy isn't immediately tased. it's canada!
They arrest drunk people in Canada?
Ah, Canada, that explains a lot. My bad.


*bites tongue, refuses to be trolled by Americans*

posted by twirlip at 1:23 PM on March 29, 2012 [11 favorites]


MysticMCJ - i could never grow a beard so fabulous.
posted by nadawi at 1:26 PM on March 29, 2012


*bites tongue, refuses to be trolled by Americans*

So polite!

Just kidding. You know we're just jealous.
posted by The World Famous at 1:26 PM on March 29, 2012 [28 favorites]


I mean, as long as you're planning on getting arrested might as well have a good one cued up for the ride 'home'. He really owned it.

zarq, ya gotta save Nobody Knows... for later that night in the cell.
posted by carsonb at 1:26 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


twirlip: " *bites tongue, refuses to be trolled by Americans*"

Bismillah!
No!
You will not let it go!
Let it go!
Bismillah!
You will not let it go!
Let it go!
No! no! no! no! no! no! no!!
Oh mama mia, mama mia, mama mia let it go....

posted by zarq at 1:27 PM on March 29, 2012 [5 favorites]


He biffed the guitar solo. Being drunk is no excuse, in my opinion.
posted by Think_Long at 1:32 PM on March 29, 2012 [8 favorites]


Also I like how he laughs and composes himself after his last dig:

"Nothing really matters, even the RCMP, heheh" *puts glasses on, sits back in seat*
posted by Think_Long at 1:34 PM on March 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


If you enjoyed that, you may also enjoy this.


posted by Man Bites Dog at 1:34 PM on March 29, 2012


Sorry, make that this.
posted by Man Bites Dog at 1:35 PM on March 29, 2012


Oof, that is *not* the video I thought you were gonna link to.

This is what that should have been.
posted by carsonb at 1:54 PM on March 29, 2012


I like how the cop told him to calm down right before the final slow part.
posted by dirigibleman at 2:01 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Dudes I know it ain't all maple syrup and and poutine in Canada, but there is still a crazy ass difference in the levels and frequency of police brutality between the US and Canada.

Like all the people here who are thinking "must be fake" think so because we reasonably expect anyone in that situation in the US to be unconscious and have like a kilo of heroin planted on them before they could finish a single verse.
posted by danny the boy at 2:06 PM on March 29, 2012 [7 favorites]


and by "reasonably expect" I don't mean anyone thinks it's reasonable behavior by the police--just so common as to be cliche
posted by danny the boy at 2:08 PM on March 29, 2012


I think it's fake because I'm convinced the only Canadians capable of carrying a tune that well are named Geddy or Gordon.
posted by The World Famous at 2:08 PM on March 29, 2012


same reason why the guy isn't immediately tased. it's canada!

I take it you're not familiar with the modern RCMP.
posted by asnider at 2:15 PM on March 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


In all seriousness, the cops around here (I live in Canada) are more likely to offer you a ride home if you're drunk, rather than throw you in the drunk tank, unless you're really causing a lot of trouble. They want to get you off the street. They don't necessarily want to deal with processing you and filling out a bunch of paperwork.
posted by asnider at 2:17 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


*bites tongue, refuses to be trolled by Americans*

I thought those were compliments...
posted by grog at 2:18 PM on March 29, 2012 [4 favorites]


That video stirred within me an emotion I thought dead long ago: sympathy for cops.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 2:22 PM on March 29, 2012 [13 favorites]


*cough*G20*cough*
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 2:25 PM on March 29, 2012


Wait, I thought Cop Rock got cancelled?
posted by smirkette at 2:33 PM on March 29, 2012


same reason why the guy isn't immediately tased. it's canada!

Yeah, no.

Fun fact: A guy I went to Canadian high school with became a Canadian cop and one day decided it was a good idea to repeatedly taser an unarmed mentally ill Canadian man who was already in Canadian custody. The man died.
posted by Sys Rq at 2:39 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Dudes I know it ain't all maple syrup and and poutine in Canada, but there is still a crazy ass difference in the levels and frequency of police brutality between the US and Canada.

I could remind you about what happened in Toronto during the G20 summit. I could tell you about the acquaintance of mine who got thrown to the ground, beaten with a nightstick, and charged with assaulting an officer and resisting arrest because he didn't get out of a cab fast enough. I could show you this video of cops assaulting a 15-year-old girl and leaving her tethered to the door of her holding cell for hours because she was insufficiently respectful. I could point to this story about the RCMP refusing to investigate "numerous allegations of excessive force, racial profiling, and abuse of authority" in a single town in the BC Interior. I could mention Robert Dziekanski, or Ian Bush, who was shot in the back of the head while in police custody, or Jeff Berg, who was beaten to death by Vancouver police in a back alley. Hell, I could tell you about how I was spied on by the RCMP because I volunteer at a left-wing bookstore.

Yeah, cops up here aren't as paramilitarized at they are in the US (at least not yet). But they aren't exactly saints.
posted by twirlip at 2:46 PM on March 29, 2012 [5 favorites]


*resumes biting tongue*
posted by twirlip at 2:47 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


So a couple years ago, a great big group of 50+ of us interns decided to take a weekend camping trip. We sat around the campfire drinking, and so naturally we wanted to sing campfire songs. Only problem was that it turned out that we didn't actually know any songs. We literally could not finish a single song, either due to not knowing the words or just plain giving up. And we tried a lot of songs, ranging from "American Pie" to, embarrassingly, "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."

That evening, the only song we actually managed to sing completely through was Bohemian Rhapsody, which just poured out of us without hesitation or difficulty. There's something frickin' magical about that song.
posted by zachlipton at 2:50 PM on March 29, 2012 [10 favorites]


zarq: "Songs to sing in back of cop cars:

* Bohemian Rhapsody
* I Fought the Law
* Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
* Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
* Folsom Prison Blues
* Jailhouse Rock
* In the Jailhouse Now
* Jailbreak (AC/DC or Thin Lizzy)
"

* I Shot the Sheriff (But I Did Not Shoot the Deputy)
* Bad Boys (Whatcha Gonna Do?)
posted by radwolf76 at 2:56 PM on March 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


That was slightly awkward - I think that he expected applause after he finished, but there was nothing, even for working the RCMP into the lyrics.


Think_Long: He biffed the guitar solo. Being drunk is no excuse, in my opinion.

Also, the lyric "open up your eyes and see." And "We will not let him go."

I hadn't realized I was so picky about this song.
posted by Pronoiac at 2:58 PM on March 29, 2012


Dudes I know it ain't all maple syrup and and poutine in Canada, but there is still a crazy ass difference in the levels and frequency of police brutality between the US and Canada.

I know there are police abusing power to a greater or lesser extent pretty much anywhere there are police, but where I live in Texas, it would be pretty much fully expected that this would get you beaten if you didn't stop after being threatened with a beating, and maybe even then.
posted by cmoj at 3:05 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Stolen Parrot Sings Bohemian Rhapsody
posted by dmo at 3:20 PM on March 29, 2012


How awesome would it have been if the cops in the front seat sang the choral counterpoint, "We will not let him go."
posted by jamaro at 3:34 PM on March 29, 2012 [30 favorites]


Jamaro...spit take my supper all over the place...that was a funny funny comment!
posted by salishsea at 3:37 PM on March 29, 2012


Why i'll never be a cop, i'd join in at parts. ;)
posted by usagizero at 3:42 PM on March 29, 2012


"Songs to sing in back of cop cars:

* Bohemian Rhapsody
* I Fought the Law
* Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
* Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
* Folsom Prison Blues
* Jailhouse Rock
* In the Jailhouse Now
* Jailbreak (AC/DC or Thin Lizzy)"

* I Shot the Sheriff (But I Did Not Shoot the Deputy)
* Bad Boys (Whatcha Gonna Do?)


* Fuck tha Police
posted by narcoleptic at 3:52 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


I know there are police abusing power to a greater or lesser extent pretty much anywhere there are police, but where I live in Texas, it would be pretty much fully expected that this would get you beaten if you didn't stop after being threatened with a beating, and maybe even then.
posted by cmoj at 3:05 PM on March 29 [+] [!]


I also live in Texas and can verify this. I'll also throw in not looking afraid enough when a cop approaches you, attempting to casually joke with an officer, and looking at an officer in a manner they deem disrespectful.

Beatings for everyone!
posted by Malice at 3:57 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Why i'll never be a cop, i'd join in at parts. ;)

Make sure the parts are "Bismilah! No, we will not let you go" and you'll be just fine.
posted by Zed at 4:07 PM on March 29, 2012


I'm impressed that he did the second and third verses. A lot of people skip them.
posted by jb at 4:11 PM on March 29, 2012


In the UK...
"and then the suspect confessed to the murder of an unspecified male individual, the offense having been committed using a firearm at point blank range"...
posted by w0mbat at 4:15 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


David long after the dentist.
posted by Trivia Newton John at 4:21 PM on March 29, 2012 [5 favorites]


"Songs to sing in back of cop cars:

* Bohemian Rhapsody
* I Fought the Law
* Jenny Was a Friend of Mine
* Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
* Folsom Prison Blues
* Jailhouse Rock
* In the Jailhouse Now
* Jailbreak (AC/DC or Thin Lizzy)"

* I Shot the Sheriff (But I Did Not Shoot the Deputy)
* Bad Boys (Whatcha Gonna Do?)

* Fuck tha Police


* The theme song to "Branded"
posted by LionIndex at 4:27 PM on March 29, 2012 [3 favorites]


* Hate the Police
posted by gwint at 4:29 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Help the Police
posted by pmcp at 4:47 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


dances_with_sneetches: I see possibilities for a Cop Rock / Cops reality show.
Um, that's kinda been done.
posted by hincandenza at 6:29 PM on March 29, 2012


I've decided that if I ever get picked up for crazy drunkeness, I'm going to sing You're My Best Friend. Because I'm a happy drunk.
posted by dirigibleman at 6:53 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


This is Edson, Alberta, folks. Basta with the "this is CANADA" comments. Canada is a massive, massive country.
posted by ethnomethodologist at 7:24 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Joaquin Phoenix, won't you ever give up?
posted by Camofrog at 8:29 PM on March 29, 2012 [2 favorites]


I smell a fake as well...but I'm hoping the backstory includes a handful of bored, good-natured cops in central Alberta.
posted by Jazz.bot at 9:59 PM on March 29, 2012


So, what had he been drinking? Molson's? Moosehead? Canadian Club? (Those are the only ones we Americans have heard of.)
posted by exphysicist345 at 10:09 PM on March 29, 2012


Aw, give the guy a break. He's not so much drunk as suffering from Mercury poisoning, says the Crown....
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 11:09 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Let's-laugh-at-the-fucked-up-person posts are pathetic.
posted by ambient2 at 11:12 PM on March 29, 2012


He kind of sounds like the guy from Titus Andronicus.
posted by The Hamms Bear at 11:21 PM on March 29, 2012


Smoking Gun interview with Robert Wilkinson, who is apparently a karaoke singer.
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 11:22 PM on March 29, 2012 [1 favorite]


Let's-laugh-at-the-fucked-up-person posts are pathetic.

What makes you think it's a laugh-at-the-fucked-up-person thing and not a let's-laugh-because-awesome-guy-is-awesome thing?
posted by cmoj at 12:44 AM on March 30, 2012 [5 favorites]


knowing he uploaded it himself removes all reservations i had about this. sad to see it was a driving while intoxicated charge - i was hoping it was just walking while drunk.
posted by nadawi at 12:48 AM on March 30, 2012


This year's Double Rainbow!
posted by DanCall at 2:46 AM on March 30, 2012


Mind you, I'm glad he doesn't live next door to me!
posted by DanCall at 2:48 AM on March 30, 2012


Gotta agree with some of the above sentiments. Without the cop performing the (I dunno, contra-contnuo?...the part with "We will not let him go!") it's kinda pointless. I mean, it does what it says on the tin, but man, it could have been transcendent.
posted by ShutterBun at 4:03 AM on March 30, 2012


MysticMCJ: "Ok, be honest. How many of you watched this and thought "This could be me?""

I have been mighty drunk in my time. And may well be again. But I have never, never, ever been drunk enough to sing out loud. I may be drunk, but I'm not deluded.
posted by Splunge at 6:05 AM on March 30, 2012


Songs to sing in back of cop cars:

Totally disagree

Baby Got Back.
posted by stormpooper at 6:09 AM on March 30, 2012 [2 favorites]


Edson is a very small town - takes 10 minutes to drive right through it. I'm sure this is the most entertaining thing to happen in a while :)
posted by Calzephyr at 7:11 AM on March 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


I guess this is a third option the Clash neglected to mention in The Guns of Brixton.
posted by COBRA! at 7:24 AM on March 30, 2012 [4 favorites]


Sir, you've been found adorable by reason of silliness. Also, Canada.
posted by littlerobothead at 10:52 AM on March 30, 2012


Bismilah! No, we will not let you go" and you'll be just fine.

It'll always be "Miss Miller!" to me.
posted by emjaybee at 11:46 AM on March 30, 2012 [1 favorite]


Nothing really matters/anyone can see/nothing really matters/even the ARR SEE EM PEEEEE!
posted by His thoughts were red thoughts at 7:22 PM on March 30, 2012


Nothing really matters/anyone can see/nothing really matters/even the ARR SEE EM PEEEEE!

Oh, pee-pee.
posted by Sys Rq at 9:12 AM on April 1, 2012


I think is all fake.
posted by hsogorop at 10:56 PM on April 1, 2012


National Post: My life is ‘hell’: Robert Wilkinson, Bohemian Rhapsodist
posted by chococat at 8:47 AM on April 4, 2012


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