Newest teen heartthrob Justin Bieber has been making headlines in the United States. After performing on the talk show circuit last week, he performed at the White House Easter Egg Roll over the weekend. Behind the scenes, however, his manager has been making headlines of his own. Scott “Scooter” Braun recently surrendered to Nassau County Police on charges arising from a November performance by Bieber in Garden City, New York.

According to media reports, Braun was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment and criminal nuisance for failing to follow police orders in an attempt to dispel a raucous crowd. Braun took Bieber to a performance in Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, Long Island in November 2009. The crowd of teenage girls waiting to see Bieber perform got out of control.

As a result, police told Braun to “tweet” that the concert was canceled in hopes that people would go home. According to the prosecutor, Braun waited 1.5 hours before sending the tweet. Braun contends, however, that he waited only seven minutes. He further stated in an interview with Fox News that the store hosting the event was in charge of security. More than 3,000 fans were gathered in and around the mall clothing store. The fans became increasingly aggressive, which prompted the mall to call Nassau County police to the scene. If convicted, Braun could receive up to one year in jail. Bieber, in a show of support, was sporting a “FreeScooterBraun” t-shirt following his manager’s arrest.

Camielle Green

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One Response to Be Careful What You (Don't) Tweet

  1. John Seiller says:

    This seems to be a new, reverse tech. twist on I believe an Oliver Wendell Holmes quote, “The right to free speech does not give one the right to yell, Fire, in a crowded theatre.”

    I have an interesting twist on this, for which I could not find any info. on your site. Maybe it’s old news, but it’s new to me. My daughter is a freshman, and it’s come to my attention that local law enforcement and school officials are posing as kids on social networking sites to essentially phish for information on potential juvenile crimes, such as party locations. It seems to be expressly against the terms of those sites and to me smacks of a federal crime, yet one officer told a friend of mine that they are actually being trained in this type of conduct at law enforcement trainings.

    Anyone know about the legalities of this issue from a tech standpoint?