Bob Dylan is “harassed” by Long Branch, New Jersey cops:
…The incident began at 5 p.m. when a resident said a man was wandering around a low-income, predominantly minority neighborhood several blocks from the oceanfront looking at houses.
The police officer drove up to Dylan, who was wearing a blue jacket, and asked him his name. According to [Long Branch business administrator Howard] Woolley, the following exchange ensued:
“What is your name, sir?” the officer asked.
“Bob Dylan,” Dylan said.
“OK, what are you doing here?” the officer asked.
“I’m on tour,” the singer replied.
A second officer, also in his 20s, responded to assist the first officer. He, too, apparently was unfamiliar with Dylan, Woolley said.
The officers asked Dylan for identification. The singer of such classics as “Like a Rolling Stone” and “Blowin’ in the Wind” said that he didn’t have any ID with him, that he was just walking around looking at houses to pass some time before that night’s show.
The officers asked Dylan, 68, to accompany them back to the Ocean Place Resort and Spa, where the performers were staying. Once there, tour staff vouched for Dylan.
The officers thanked him for his cooperation.
“He couldn’t have been any nicer to them,” Woolley added…
What, no hissy fit about racial profiling and the horror of being a 68 year old Jew in Amerika? No “you don’t know who you’re dealing with” threats?
Instead we learn from a Long Branch official: “”He [Dylan] couldn’t have been any nicer to them[the cops].”
But Dylan was a “victim” of racial profiling. The guy we in the know revere as a legendary singer-songwriter and of course “conscience of his generation” appeared to two young cops to be nothing more than another elderly Jewish hippy wanderin’ around a “predominantly minority neighborhood” probably looking to score some drugs. We who know and love Dylan find it counterintuitive that Dylan, if he wanted drugs, would need to personally walk the streets to find them. But perhaps police officers who don’t know Bob Dylan from Bob Dole should still be held accountable for their apparent “insensitivity” towards the Elderly Jewish Hippy Community.
Now let’s see if Barry has any words of wisdom on Dylan-gate?