“The decision to file criminal charges was due in part to the sense of fear and anger that quickly developed after Baken had identified a specific business and possible suspects in his allegations,” Missoula Police Lt. Scott Brodie said in a statement.The terrorism of a false report when people don't know it's false.
“Joseph Baken was contacted by Missoula police detectives and during a subsequent interview he admitted that the alleged assault against him did not occur as it was reported,” the statement said.I wonder why he did it. He had a beat-up looking head, acquired attempting to do a back flip off a street curb. Why take that to the police and make up a story that "three men had beaten him outside the Mo Club at about 1:30 a.m. after he asked where to find a gay bar"? (Wait. The Mo Club isn't a gay bar?!) Was this guy an idiot? Since there was video of the back flip — which the police later received — signs point to stupid. But another motivation could be to promote political interests through creating fear, and that's arguably the definition of terrorism.
Missoula Police Chief Mark Muir credited community cooperation in quickly resolving the case.Thanks for sending the video. Nice anti-terrorism from the community.
That resolution “will hopefull[y] allow the GLBTI community some needed relief from the fear that was virally spreading across the country,” Muir said.(GLBTI? The "I" is for "intersex," in case you are wondering.)