Record company executive arrested for not posting on Twitter

Twitter has grown exponentially in the last few years, with it now being a highly used way for news and announcements to spread. However, this got a bit out of hand when a record company executive for Justin Bieber was arrested, after not telling fans at a mall to leave.

According to News Day, there was an album signing event scheduled for Friday, with Justin Bieber to attend, which caused a vast amount of fans to show up. The police were called as the group of 3,000 teenage girls was becoming a bit rowdy, though the cops tried a different approach; they asked Bieber and his executive, James Roppo, to post on Twitter, asking the crowd to leave... which didn't happen. Nassau County Police Det. Lt. Kevin Smith said, "There was a public safety concern. We asked for [James Roppo's] help in getting the crowd to go away by sending out a Twitter message. By not cooperating with us we feel he put lives in danger and the public at risk."

Roppo has pleaded not guilty after this whole event, though it's unclear what the outcome will be. Whilst he refused to aid the police, whether or not he'll be charged because of a Twitter update (or lack of, rather) is yet to be decided.

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I think JB looks like a girl. And not a very attractive one either, This kids looks creep me out, just plain weird, but Teenage girls will like any boy who can sing and get recognition from big name artist such as Usher & JT.

Wow. Well, they asked him to do something that was rather simple... Why was he unable to do this? He should have been web connected if he was an assistant like that.

But I'm not fond of arrogant cops either, so I'm torn... :P

I had no idea that this garbage even existed until now. My official position would be to cram as many fans into the mall as possible, then nuke it from orbit.

AJCrowley Esq said,
I had no idea that this garbage even existed until now. My official position would be to cram as many fans into the mall as possible, then nuke it from orbit.

Haha! +1

AJCrowley Esq said,
I had no idea that this garbage even existed until now. My official position would be to cram as many fans into the mall as possible, then nuke it from orbit.

LMAO +1 too...

The right thing to have done was to have assited the police, plain and simple. Why is it wrong for the police to try and find a quick simple solution to a problem to try and avoid headache for everyone involved? Would have helping the police put the record exec in danger in any way? No, so why decline? Outside of publicity, what would he have lost out on?

Also, all of you that have come in here with "If a police asks you to jump off a bridge..." scenarios...are you serious? That is no way similar to this situation. Something more realistc would be...

"If a police officer was pulling a baby out of burning car and asked that you hold the child as he tries to pull more people out...would you?"

TheReasonIFailed said,
"If a police officer was pulling a baby out of burning car and asked that you hold the child as he tries to pull more people out...would you?"

Your response remembers me this moral dilemma story :):

You're in Florida...In Miami, to be exact. There is great chaos going on around you, caused by a hurricane and severe floods. There are huge masses of water all over you. You are a CNN photographer and you are in the middle of this great disaster. The situation is nearly hopeless. There are houses and people floating around you, disappearing into the water. Nature is showing all its destructive power and is ripping everything away with it.

Suddenly you see a man in the water, he is fighting for his life, trying not to be taken away by the masses of water and mud. You move closer. Somehow the man looks familiar. Suddenly you know who it is - it's George W. Bush!

At the same time you notice that the raging waters are about to take him away, forever. You have two options. You can save him or you can take the best photo of your life. So you can save the life of George W. Bush, or you can shoot a Pulitzer prize winning photo, a unique photo displaying the death of one of the world's most powerful men.

And here's the question (please give an honest answer):

Would you select color film, or rather go with the simplicity of classic black and white?

Not really, most cops have not idea (and don't want to known) about twitter. In my opinion, this news has been forged to say about twitter and to void to mention the rest of facts.

The record producer actually refused to do anything, including telling the crowd the event was cancelled. Not just refusing to post a Twitter update.

Actually the producer refused...if you read the news article...Beiber was the one trying to get on stage. He twittered they wont let me in. This probably caused an uproar leading to further chaos. ultimately the police are responsible. Under US law, one does not have to cooperate with police unless there is an investigation, warrant, or other compelling reason.

This is STUPID!!!! The police should have been able to handle this situation! They call themselves "The City's Finest" well then f-ing stand by the bull**** "To protect and to serve" creed you incapable morons! So they ASKED this guy to do something and he didn't do it, how is he to blame for anything? He is not part of the force, he's a private citizen so why the hell would they arrest him for NOT doing something.

He did not put public safety at risk because it isn't his damn job to protect the public, the USELESS Nassau police department is the one responsible to protect public safety. If this even GETS to court I swear I will write them a letter!

technically, no...he is not a private citizen. He is the reason there was a rowdy crowd of 3000 people. If he is the one that was the cause, you'd think this douche bag would have also assisted (if not INsisted) in resolving the issue. He should have told the police "I caused this, let me try to resolve it calmly". Yet he did nothing on his own and did nothing when asked.

You missed the point entirely. He is INDEED a private citizen. It doesn't matter if he set up the promotion or not. The police and PUBLIC officers are the ones ensuring PUBLIC safety.

People are allowed to congregate until the police tell them to vacate the area. A PRIVATE citizen has zero authority to tell someone to vacate from somewhere that is not their property.

So, when all was said and done, a PRIVATE citizen was asked by police to do their job for them, and he didn't. Bad taste and judgment and concern for the public? Sure. Wrong? Hardly.

Probably try to nail him for interfering with police business...which is a trump, as they drug him into their business.

These will be dropped, or dismissed ASAP.

That said...wtf is this kiddie crap music????????? I would ground my daughters if they even dared to put this "song" on...

Grrr.

Skin said,
You missed the point entirely. He is INDEED a private citizen. It doesn't matter if he set up the promotion or not. The police and PUBLIC officers are the ones ensuring PUBLIC safety.

People are allowed to congregate until the police tell them to vacate the area. A PRIVATE citizen has zero authority to tell someone to vacate from somewhere that is not their property.

So, when all was said and done, a PRIVATE citizen was asked by police to do their job for them, and he didn't. Bad taste and judgment and concern for the public? Sure. Wrong? Hardly.

Probably try to nail him for interfering with police business...which is a trump, as they drug him into their business.

These will be dropped, or dismissed ASAP.

That said...wtf is this kiddie crap music????????? I would ground my daughters if they even dared to put this "song" on...

Grrr.

Well said sir. +1

Rohdekill said,
technically, no...he is not a private citizen. He is the reason there was a rowdy crowd of 3000 people. If he is the one that was the cause, you'd think this douche bag would have also assisted (if not INsisted) in resolving the issue. He should have told the police "I caused this, let me try to resolve it calmly". Yet he did nothing on his own and did nothing when asked.

I think you should lighten up. He's only 15 years old. Imagine if you were 15, in front of 3,000 rowdy fans, and got arrested for making a poor decision but you weren't trying to do anything wrong, and on top of that some stranger called you a douche bag.

I'd never heard of this Justin Bieber, but I watched that video and... ugh! I've never seen something so clearly designed to just shamelessly appeal to "what kids are into these days".

"Kids like Xboxes right?"
"Oh yeah, they're really cool these days"
"And... iPhones?"
"Yeah, we'll throw a few of those in for good measure"
etc, etc.

Forgot Twitter and what-not ... The police shouldn't be allowed to arrest anybody because they refused to tell a crowd to disperse. Crowd safety and management is the police's job. I know the laws are different in the US, but in the UK the artist would have had every right to say no because there's no law directing him to do whatever the police tell him.

Yeah, although if he went on stage after the police said no, I think he could be arrested then, to prevent physical injury to others. Public Order Act, or Breach of peace, but i'm not sure.

acnpt said,
Yeah, although if he went on stage after the police said no, I think he could be arrested then, to prevent physical injury to others. Public Order Act, or Breach of peace, but i'm not sure.

No here in the UK, they would need a court order to prevent an artist performing on stage once a licence had been granted to perform but obviously this is different.

Obstruction of police assistance is illegal but what a retarded thing for the police to do.

Pathetic...because naturally all 3000 people will take out their phones, go on twitter and read that they have to leave.

Ever heard of a ****ing mic?

Twitter is the stupidiest thing ever to be invented.

/- Razorfold said,
Pathetic...because naturally all 3000 people will take out their phones, go on twitter and read that they have to leave.

It's kinda sad that something SO obvious has to be said, lol

/- Razorfold said,
Pathetic...because naturally all 3000 people will take out their phones, go on twitter and read that they have to leave.

Ever heard of a ****ing mic?

Twitter is the stupidiest thing ever to be invented.

LOL I do wonder why they wouldn't have used the speaker system. What mall doesn't have one?

They didn't have a speaker system or maybe he could just shout from a chair.
Talk about talking the long route.

"Can you make a post on twitter?"

"I forgot my phone, can you get a PC set up here and a net connection?"

"Yes, it'll be about 4 hours"

"Ok, well I'm willing to get it a shot".

"Can he just shout!?"...

"Shut up and get the computer ready!!!"

rmorris003 said,
He is a 15 year old from Stratford, Ontario which is just outside Guelph, Ontario

Thanks, because I know exactly where Guelph, Ontario is.

jordan. said,
Thanks, because I know exactly where Guelph, Ontario is.

i do.. i know alot of crap that has come out of stratford, but this is by far the worst

CactuzJak said,
i do.. i know alot of crap that has come out of stratford, but this is by far the worst

Forget Stratford, he has to be one of the worst things to come out of the country.

So these 3000 annoying mall rats were all standing in the mall with internet capable devices, and the police think they would have politely gone away if someone told them to on Twitter? Then they arrested him because he didn't make a Twitter post? This whole thing is so dumb it makes my head hurt. Justin Bieber who?

A 15 year old "singing sensation".

Call me dirty minded....but I don't think 15 is legal. They should arrest him for promoting underage sex as well....I mean, he chased after the girl, what is a guy going to do...uhhhhh

He is cute. I think that is why there is a legion of 14 year old fans. Wait, did I just say he is cute? UHHHH again.....

Eddo89 said,
A 15 year old "singing sensation".

Call me dirty minded....but I don't think 15 is legal. They should arrest him for promoting underage sex as well....I mean, he chased after the girl, what is a guy going to do...uhhhhh

He is cute. I think that is why there is a legion of 14 year old fans. Wait, did I just say he is cute? UHHHH again.....

LMAO

More sensationalism.

On a serious note it is not the fact they did not post on twitter, it is because he did not cooperate with the police. I completely agree with the actions.

stevember said,
More sensationalism.

On a serious note it is not the fact they did not post on twitter, it is because he did not cooperate with the police. I completely agree with the actions.


When they say jump, you say how high? Don't you care about personal freedom?

rheostat said,
When they say jump, you say how high? Don't you care about personal freedom?

It was about a matter of public safety. I wouldn't get your panties in a bunch worry about personal freedom. If your "freedom" is risking the safety of others, you can kiss it goodbye and go to jail.

I agree with you agreenbhm, to an extent. It isn't like he was blocking any exits keeping the people there. The police were compelling him to do something, and without any just reason. How did they have any knowledge that sending a twitter message would somehow disperse the crowds, anyway? Why is this one person accountable for all these people and their personal decision to be wherever they were?

If the authorities had told him to run into a burning building to help save lives, and he refused do you think he should be thrown in jail for that too?

It is one thing to obstruct law enforcement and another thing for law enforcement to force you to do something against your will.

He was the one provoking the trouble(even indirectly), hence why he should cooperate with the police.

What kind of douche star wouldn't help the police, after it seems 5 fans had to be taken to hospital.

Shadrack said,
I agree with you agreenbhm, to an extent. It isn't like he was blocking any exits keeping the people there. The police were compelling him to do something, and without any just reason. How did they have any knowledge that sending a twitter message would somehow disperse the crowds, anyway? Why is this one person accountable for all these people and their personal decision to be wherever they were?

If the authorities had told him to run into a burning building to help save lives, and he refused do you think he should be thrown in jail for that too?

It is one thing to obstruct law enforcement and another thing for law enforcement to force you to do something against your will.


I agree with steveember too. However, your analogy of the burning building is not right because that is a matter of choice to help save lies.

In this case, if the crowd was becoming a public safety concern the executive should have sent that Twitter message in the hopes to disperse that crowd. I don't care if that Justin Bieber (I didn't hear about him until now) would miss the chance to reach to those girls and increase sales or whatever...

He choose not to do it and he must face the consequences. I do think the law will drop any charges, though.

stevember said,
More sensationalism.

On a serious note it is not the fact they did not post on twitter, it is because he did not cooperate with the police. I completely agree with the actions.


so if the police tell you to jump off a bridge and you dont you feel you should be arrested because you did not cooperate with the police? cops need to get there heads out of their asses.

ThePopeSVCD said,
so if the police tell you to jump off a bridge and you dont you feel you should be arrested because you did not cooperate with the police? cops need to get there heads out of their asses.

1. There was no bridge around. [/sarcasm]
2. OK was going make serious answer but I cannot, your post is just wacky...

He should have helped the police but seriously, the 3000 fans were already there ! How many out of 3000 would have seen the twitter message, let alone CARE. The twitter idea just makes no sense to me.

xplatinum said,
He should have helped the police but seriously, the 3000 fans were already there ! How many out of 3000 would have seen the twitter message, let alone CARE. The twitter idea just makes no sense to me.

Agreed. But it was a very simple request from the police. Was it really worth pushing them? I don't know that it's worth dealing with their arrogance...

Tim Dawg said,
He should've just pulled out the battery and said, "my phone is broken". Problem solved.
Did he have an iPhone?

ajua said,

I agree with steveember too. However, your analogy of the burning building is not right because that is a matter of choice to help save lies.

In this case, if the crowd was becoming a public safety concern the executive should have sent that Twitter message in the hopes to disperse that crowd. I don't care if that Justin Bieber (I didn't hear about him until now) would miss the chance to reach to those girls and increase sales or whatever...

He choose not to do it and he must face the consequences. I do think the law will drop any charges, though.

Now I know why I pay freaking taxes. It's the cops job to handle crowds and a situation like that. That is what they are trained for, that is part of the '...serve part'. The cops let the situation get out of control and then tried to lay the blame at the feet of this executive. And who is to say that a stupid tweet would have worked anyone, not like the freaking kids knew who he was. They might have just thought it was a joke. The cops frakked up. This guy should turn around and sue their frakking pants off for false arrest.

Apparently many people on Neowin believe that this record exec is personally responsible for the decisions of 3,000 other people. Whatever happened to personal accountability?

xplatinum said,
He should have helped the police but seriously, the 3000 fans were already there ! How many out of 3000 would have seen the twitter message, let alone CARE. The twitter idea just makes no sense to me.

Mobile loudspeaker is mandatory for crowd control. If police did their job properly with tools specifically designed to handle such situation then there would be no need for police to look for a scapegoat now. Of course that guy could go for compromise and send message asking people to calm down (not to f**k off as police wanted).

xiphi said,
Who the hell is Justin Beiber?

He's a auto-tune freak experiment... I HAVE NO IDEA how he got that kind of attention in the first place.

advancedboy said,
Give him credit, at least he's trying to learn guitar!

Gee freaking thanks. I watched that entire **** video just to see the guy play guitar badly, which is what I assumed your comment was about. The ENTIRE DAMN THING. I may have to sue you for false advertisement and pain and suffering now.