Mug shots of 2002.
January 1, 2003 10:13 PM   Subscribe

The Smoking Gun's top mug shots of 2002. It sounds dull, but these mug shots are truly inspired. Fashion photographers slave for years to get results like these, which police photographers can get in seconds! Proof that ordinary folk usually make more interesting subjects than celebrities. (Link found at Renee's weblog.)
posted by wackybrit (16 comments total)
You know that Dubya and Ashcroft's Nazi Police State® is here when Bambi gets arrested.
posted by Slithy_Tove at 10:26 PM on January 1, 2003

oh the humanity.
posted by gwint at 10:41 PM on January 1, 2003

I, too, wanted to remark on Bambi especially. God. Sublime in its comedic perfection, that one is.

The first one was also pretty excellent. The bandaged/bruised people weren't really funny though. "Ha-ha, that person was injured!" It just doesn't work for me.
posted by kavasa at 10:53 PM on January 1, 2003

You'd think Richard Moll 'd be coasting on his Night Court residuals...

This one makes ya wonder...
posted by y2karl at 11:04 PM on January 1, 2003

Yes, Bambi is tragic indeed, but I think my favorite is #14. The ear-to-ear smile makes it clear that whatever she got busted for, it was damn well worth it.
posted by boomchicka at 11:08 PM on January 1, 2003

Wonder what this one got popped for. Swiping too many packets of Sweet 'n Low at the foodcourt Starbucks? Whatever it was, she's pretty choked up about it.
posted by KiloHeavy at 11:12 PM on January 1, 2003

Darnit, I wish they had linked to the arrest sheets at least. The photos are intriguing enough that you want to know more, and since the mugs are public information, what about the charge, at least? Did Bambi go for pilferage? Striking a co-worker? Inquiring minds want to know.
posted by sacre_bleu at 11:29 PM on January 1, 2003

The bandaged/bruised people weren't really funny though.

Agreed--but I wonder about #9 with the defibrillator patches on his pecs. What a story must be there.
posted by y2karl at 11:52 PM on January 1, 2003

Proof that ordinary folk usually make more interesting subjects than celebrities.

Nope, celebrity mugshots are always more interesting than those of ordinary folk. It's a fact.
posted by Fofer at 12:10 AM on January 2, 2003

y2karl: those aren't defibrillator patches (which are much larger), they're just EKG monitor patches. In an EMS truck or an ER, the threshold for getting put on an EKG monitor is very low.

Probable story: guy is involved in an altercation (see head bandage), while in police custody he complains of chest pain, and gets dragged down to the ER to be 'medically cleared for incarceration', because it looks bad if he dies of a heart attack in a jail cell. The chest pain may be real (due to angina or heart attack brought on through stress, bruised or broken ribs due to the scuffle, lung irritation due to pre-altercation crack use, simple anxiety, or many other things) or it may be feigned, if the alleged perp thinks he can trade jail for hospital. In this case, it looks like whoever evaluated the guy didn't think the chest pain was due to a cause that warranted hospital admission, and the guy was returned to the police, whereupon he was booked, see photo.

This is a very, very common occurrence. There's at least one of them in my ER on most weekend nights, usually looking a lot like No. 10.
posted by Slithy_Tove at 12:26 AM on January 2, 2003

which one is miguel?
posted by sgt.serenity at 4:27 AM on January 2, 2003

Free Bambi!
posted by Ynoxas at 7:08 AM on January 2, 2003

Is that round red mark on number 10's face from a car cigarette lighter? If so, I wonder if someone managed to light their cigarette with his face.
posted by subgenius at 7:49 AM on January 2, 2003

3 guesses as to what number 12 was arrested for, and the first 2 don't count. Dude! Foghat forever!
posted by krunk at 8:57 AM on January 2, 2003

Aren't mugshots supposed to have height measurements in back, and the subjects holding those little boards with their info on it, or something? These just look like unfortunate snapshots.
posted by gottabefunky at 9:10 AM on January 2, 2003

finally, Dr. Wily caught.
Looks like Megaman will have some peace... but for how long?
posted by klik99 at 12:34 PM on January 2, 2003

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