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Glen Rock Police Respond to An individual dressed in a bear costume with a GoPro camera and a large dog in tow, standing outside of a Glen Rock elementary school

Glen Rock Police

photo courtesy of Boyd Loving

October 14,2017

the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Glen Rock NJ,  An individual dressed in a bear costume with a GoPro camera strapped to its chest and a large dog in tow, was observed standing outside of a Glen Rock elementary school at afternoon dismissal time on Friday, 10/13. Glen Rock Police received at least one (1) 911 telephone call about the individual from a concerned parent, and dispatched a uniformed patrol officer and a uniformed patrol supervisor to investigate. Responding units located the “bear with dog” two (2) blocks away from the school. The individual was identified as a local juvenile male. He was interviewed and then escorted back to his home and released to his mother. The intent of standing in front of the school dressed in a bear costume with an attached GoPro and dog was not made public.

11 thoughts on “Glen Rock Police Respond to An individual dressed in a bear costume with a GoPro camera and a large dog in tow, standing outside of a Glen Rock elementary school

  1. Responding PO looks familiar to the one and only beach dweller POL this past summer…

  2. That’s baseball, Susan !

  3. Bear Costume Wearers’ Lives Matter !

  4. Hope the guy is careful–bear hunting season has opened.

  5. Nut job

  6. Don’t be a hater… maybe he’s trans-species. He’s really a bear in a human’s body.

  7. Seems that maybe the good people of Glen Rock are a little jumpy???

  8. He’s very brave, considering that the Bear Hunt is currently in progress !!

  9. I can’t believe that no one realized he was wearing pajamas. Last fall and spring these full body suits of various animals were a hot item on the internet. Whole groups of kids wore them to parties and out of the house for general use. There are a wide variety of animals available. Maybe this act will encourage other animals to appear!

  10. Just posted on the Glen Rock PD Facebook page:

    We have heard that some people have been questioning the fact that photos of juveniles and others have been taken at police incidents in the past by members of the press or public.

    The taking of photographs and/or videos by private citizens and media personnel is permitted within areas open to general public access and occupancy and is permitted under the US Constitution in the First, Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments. (Christopher Sharp v. Baltimore City Police Department, et. al.). No citizen has the expectation of privacy when they are in public regardless of their status as a victim, juvenile or offender.

    A civilian may video record or photograph a police and public safety activities as long as they:

    1. Remain at a reasonable distance;
    2. Do not interfere with the duties and responsibilities of police and other public safety personnel;
    3. Do not create a safety concern for the officer, a person detained, a victim, other persons or themselves.

    A citizen’s right to record police activity is coextensive with that of the press. There should be no burden on an individual’s right to record police activity than they place on members of the press. A citizen does not need “press credentials” to record police officers engaged in the public discharge of their duties.

  11. Wow you people are bunch of miserable individuals….kid wanted to have some fun, maybe he was doing this for his YouTube channel. Why adults must be a$$holes? why not approach a kid yourself and just start the conversation. I am pretty sure he would share his intentions if you are cool and calm about it the whole situation

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