August 14, 2009

It looks like the police in Clermont, Florida, have a “suspect” in the serious crime of posting Obama as Joker posters. “Clermont police have interviewed one suspect who is admitting to putting up the dozens of posters pasted around the city depicting President Obama as the Joker character from the Batman film The Dark Knight, city officials confirmed,” reports the Orlando Sentinel.

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A criminal Obama as Joker poster in Clermont, Florida.

The individual admitted to “putting up 500” of the posters. Clermont Police Capt. Eric Jensen said others are likely involved in the nefarious plot. “We have talked to an individual,” Jensen said. “He only admitted to some of it…We’re still tracking down leads and talking to folks. We have not arrested anybody.”

City officials are still determining how much damage the evil Obama as Joker poster has caused hapless victims in Florida. An earlier television report featured citizens complaining how the poster is insensitive to the president and violated their sense of propriety.

“City officials, meanwhile, are trying to determine what local crimes might be associated with the posting of the images on public and private properties,” the newspaper continues. “They’ve also been busy ripping down the sticky signs because they’re a violation of city ordinance regarding illegal signs.”

No word if the police in Clermont are also taking down fliers and posters for garage sales, lost puppies, and make money at home schemes.

[efoods]It appears the suspect is working on a video for Alex Jones’ Obama-Joker contest. In a press release put out late today, Jensen said the suspect “also asked if he could video tape the encounter with the officers.” Clermont Police declined that request, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

“Currently we are still conducting interviews of victims, witnesses, and other suspects who were placing the Obama Joker Poster throughout our city,” Jensen said in the statement. “We believe that the postings are the result of multiple suspects. We are hopeful that we can develop enough information to present charges of vandalism to the State Attorney’s Office for review.”

The police admitted they are clueless about “a specific reason why the individual who admitted to putting up the posters spent so much time sticking them to surfaces around the city.” Officer Jensen, however, said he “suspects it may have something to do with a contest linked to the image of the President in white face and smeared lipstick, like the Joker.”

Meanwhile, contrary to local media reports stating that residents are outraged over the prospect of Obama as the Joker, a central Florida news poll indicates many Floridians support the right to criticize and even parody the president. A screen capture of the poll results follows.

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