Video: The greatest traffic stop ever?

posted at 6:47 pm on March 30, 2012 by Allahpundit

We’re a few days late to this, I know, but it’s perfect Friday material and a nifty sequel to the greatest arrest ever. I’m giving you two versions of the dashboard-cam video, the AP’s edited clip and the PD’s extended director’s cut, but the highlight of this post isn’t the footage, as insane as it is. It’s this must-read WaPo report on what “Batman” does with his time. He’s not fighting crime anymore, but he’s still a hero:

When Batman finally reached the elevator for the slow ride up to the cancer ward, I could see his face already sweating behind the mask. He told me he loses 5 to 6 pounds in water weight when he wears the superhero uniform. He paid $5,000 for it. He spends $25,000 a year of his own money on Batman toys and memorabilia. He signs every book, hat, T-shirt and backpack he hands out — Batman

Batman began visiting Baltimore area hospitals in 2001, sometimes with his now teenage son Brandon playing Robin. Once other hospitals and charities heard about his car and his cape, Batman was put on superhero speed dial for children’s causes around the region. He visits sick kids at least couple times a month, sometimes more often. He visits schools, too, to talk about bullying. He does not do birthday parties.

“Eventually, it sinks in and you become him,” Batman told me. “It feels like I have a responsibility that’s beyond a normal person. And that responsibility is to be there for the kids, to be strong for them, and to make them smile as much as I can.” He understands that might sound corny, but he doesn’t care…

Batman stepped off the elevator on the fourth floor of Children’s. Spider-Man and Wonder Woman were there too — both professional actors from talent agencies, on the clock. He picked up a little boy and said, “I have a present for you.” He shook hands with a father and handed him a yellow rubber Batman bracelet, saying, “This will bring you good luck.” The father said, “We need good luck.”

Read to the end of the story for the reaction upon seeing the “Batmobile” of a four-year-old whose baby sister has cancer. Said “Batman” to Jalopnik, “I don’t do it to become famous, I do it for the kids. They mean more to me than anything.” It’s only March but this might be the feelgood story of the year.


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Bunch a Jokers!

Scotsman on March 30, 2012 at 6:51 PM

Second look at Lenny Robinson?

Robert_Paulson on March 30, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Now THAT is a hoody…!

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I had seen this last night,I guess he was off to a cancer
ward,which is awespome in itself to cheer up the kids,and
the cops were impressed,A-1 in my books!

canopfor on March 30, 2012 at 6:56 PM

That’s cool – nice thing he’s doing.

The Count on March 30, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Great story!

Yossarian on March 30, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Even the extended version doesn’t show it all. This later turns in to a taser video.

philoquin on March 30, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Now THAT is a hoody…!

Seven Percent Solution on March 30, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Seven Perecent Solution:So true,good one!:)

canopfor on March 30, 2012 at 6:57 PM

I’m this close to saying it’s nice to see a video where cops don’t act like idiots…

BUT

…over the radio you hear something about them needing to get to a hospital. What are they doing instead? Taking pictures of a guy in a Batman outfit standing next to a Lamborghini.

MadisonConservative on March 30, 2012 at 6:58 PM

The guy’s a stud. Good for him.

John the Libertarian on March 30, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Imagine what we could accomplish if we made at least 1% of the effort Robinson has made. God bless him.

GT on March 30, 2012 at 7:00 PM

I got to read this great story when it originally appeared with my morning Post, and it made my day.

Some real-life heroes are a lot better than the comic book versions.

Chuckles3 on March 30, 2012 at 7:02 PM

The best part is the very final few seconds of the first AP video, when after pulling him over, and checking the registration, the cop asks him to pose for a picture and then the cops sings, “Batman!! Duhduhduhduhduhduhduhduh duh duh, Bat man!....”, like he was six years old again.

Zombie on March 30, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Batman for President 2012!!!

We don’t need another hero. We need a Super Hero!

Roy Rogers on March 30, 2012 at 7:03 PM

pigs are so freakin’ stupid

DHChron on March 30, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Goodness presents in odd ways sometimes.

Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 7:04 PM

When I win the millions tonight I’m gettin’ a Lambo too :P

Yeah, this dude is OK. He’s been pulled over twice, and the cops were really cool with him too. Making a kid smile while they’re in the hospital with a terminal illness, priceless.

JetBoy on March 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM

OT

What’s with the new bloggers?
Ed/AP only plz.

:/

blatantblue on March 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM

s/p ( awespome),should be awesome!

canopfor on March 30, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Batman really needs to be driving an American made Volt….
:)

Electrongod on March 30, 2012 at 7:12 PM

If Batman had arrested that dude (posted a few threads ago), he WOULDN’T have been singing Bohemian Rhapsody.

My collie says:

Guaranteed.

CyberCipher on March 30, 2012 at 7:14 PM

blatantblue on March 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Vacationing Ed I think.

Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 7:14 PM

What’s with the new bloggers?
Ed/AP only plz.

:/

blatantblue on March 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Actually, I’d suggest Ed/AP/GreenRoomers only plz.

MadisonConservative on March 30, 2012 at 7:14 PM

We need more Lenny’s in this world. Well done sir, well done!!!

dddave on March 30, 2012 at 7:14 PM

When I win the millions tonight I’m gettin’ a Lambo too :P

Yeah, this dude is OK. He’s been pulled over twice, and the cops were really cool with him too. Making a kid smile while they’re in the hospital with a terminal illness, priceless.

JetBoy on March 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Ditto. And, thank God the Maryland police were solid.

Herald of Woe on March 30, 2012 at 7:14 PM

blatantblue on March 30, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Sorry :/ confused me.

Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 7:14 PM

please tell me that’s not a Lamborghini?

Sacramento on March 30, 2012 at 7:16 PM

Batman for President 2012!!!

We don’t need another hero. We need a Super Hero!

Roy Rogers on March 30, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Him and a few other oldschool superheros…like the Comet and the Hangman, for starters.

MelonCollie on March 30, 2012 at 7:17 PM

please tell me that’s not a Lamborghini?

Sacramento on March 30, 2012 at 7:16 PM

I believe it’s a Gallardo.

MadisonConservative on March 30, 2012 at 7:19 PM

The power of costumes. When you drive a Lambo, the guys usually want a pic without you in the viewfinder.

One of the only decent foreign cars…

And he isn’t using it to get phone numbers!

God bless this guy.

IlikedAUH2O on March 30, 2012 at 7:20 PM

Vacationing Ed I think.
Bmore on March 30, 2012 at 7:14 PM
Phew!

blatantblue on March 30, 2012 at 7:20 PM

The kids are great…but….

How about if Batman goes vigilante on those 150+ death panels in Obamacare?

BAM! POW! OUCH! OOOO!

KirknBurker on March 30, 2012 at 7:30 PM

I wonder if he has licensing authority from DC Comics when heportrays and signs “Batman.”

ExpressoBold on March 30, 2012 at 7:32 PM

please tell me that’s not a Lamborghini?

Sacramento on March 30, 2012 at 7:16 PM
I believe it’s a Gallardo.

MadisonConservative on March 30, 2012 at 7:19 PM

Thought so Mad. Kinda takes the story from Ho-hum to wtf in a hurry, no?

Sacramento on March 30, 2012 at 7:35 PM

pigs are so freakin’ stupid

DHChron on March 30, 2012 at 7:03 PM

Dude, chill.

Moose Drool on March 30, 2012 at 7:49 PM

um….nice codpiece.

(cough)

Tim_CA on March 30, 2012 at 8:06 PM

I’m this close to saying it’s nice to see a video where cops don’t act like idiots…

BUT

…over the radio you hear something about them needing to get to a hospital. What are they doing instead? Taking pictures of a guy in a Batman outfit standing next to a Lamborghini.

MadisonConservative on March 30, 2012 at 6:58 PM

In the uncut video they stand around talking about a bout stuff for 5 minutes.

Quite the jolly soul tonight aren’t we?

Spliff Menendez on March 30, 2012 at 8:15 PM

Some lib will find something wrong with what he’s doing, and put a halt to the good he’s doing.

KOOLAID2 on March 30, 2012 at 8:15 PM

that is awesome! Uses his own money to buy $25,000 worth of toys a year to give away to sick kids?

Now that is how somebody who has become successful can give back to the community! And no gov’t scold standing over his shoulder telling him to do anything!

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manofaiki on March 30, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Pardon me, Allahpundit, but do you purposely wait 2-3 days after the expiration date so its cheaper hits?

F’s sake man…. this is old in intarweb years

Ugly on March 30, 2012 at 8:26 PM

.

Who are you by the way?

I’m Batman.

…duh

.

FlatFoot on March 30, 2012 at 8:34 PM

How long will it be before he gets sued for copyright infringement?

BobMbx on March 30, 2012 at 8:36 PM

MadisonConservative-

I think that’s one of the cops saying they’re going to hurry up so Batman can get to the hospital.

BadgerHawk on March 30, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Batman really needs to be driving an American made Volt….
:)

Electrongod on March 30, 2012 at 7:12 P

Man…. Batman is way too cool for that… Batman is not a commie.

MrMoe on March 30, 2012 at 8:41 PM

How long will it be before he gets sued for copyright infringement?

BobMbx on March 30, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Years back a friend of a friend of mine got scolded for similar ‘infringement’. All he did was walk through local parks dressed as a licensed character from a kids’ show. “So sorry, boys and girls, but Mr.R can’t come around anymore because he hasn’t paid out the nose to use his costume.”

He did post the notice from the company some time later, and it promptly took a PR hit for being a bunch of a-holes.

MelonCollie on March 30, 2012 at 8:51 PM

Pure Awesomesauce!

ButterflyDragon on March 30, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Moose Drool on March 30, 2012 at 7:49 PM

dude, eat d!ck

DHChron on March 30, 2012 at 9:09 PM

What was the cops’ reasonable suspicion? Or was Batman speeding?

rdbrewer on March 30, 2012 at 9:11 PM

rdbrewer on March 30, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Sharpton would say driving while black

DHChron on March 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

What was the cops’ reasonable suspicion? Or was Batman speeding?

rdbrewer on March 30, 2012 at 9:11 PM

The Batman symbol license plate.

Spliff Menendez on March 30, 2012 at 9:18 PM

We can nominate him at a brokered convention, right?

EddieC on March 30, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Sharpton would say driving while black

DHChron on March 30, 2012 at 9:17 PM

And everyone else would say “Gee, you mean teenage black punks are more likely to be in violation of the law than, say, little old white ladies? How surprising!”

MelonCollie on March 30, 2012 at 9:23 PM

is it a requirement that traffic cops be out of shape and mildly retarded?

DHChron on March 30, 2012 at 9:25 PM

And everyone else would say “Gee, you mean teenage black punks are more likely to be in violation of the law than, say, little old white ladies? How surprising!”

MelonCollie on March 30, 2012 at 9:23 PM

check this out MelonCollie :) pretty funny

DHChron on March 30, 2012 at 9:28 PM

We can nominate him at a brokered convention, right?

EddieC on March 30, 2012 at 9:19 PM

Batman/Robin 2012!

Fallon on March 30, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Batman/Robin 2012!

Fallon on March 30, 2012 at 9:33 PM

I’d like to see how they dealt with a crowd of OWS anarchists.

MelonCollie on March 30, 2012 at 9:45 PM

too funny

sMack on March 30, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Were I a cop and stopped someone who got out of his babe-catcher, high priced wheels wearing a Batman costume, I might put a hand on my pistol, going off-safety, and ready to drill. I’m glad these cops had a safe and fun stop here, certainly not what they deal with on a daily basis.

And that this wealthy guy, whom Obama wants to tax more, decides to spend some time with sick kids in a hospital, dressed as Batman, bringing smiles to them, is something we should celebrate, not punish. Kudos to the cops here for realizing that.

TXUS on March 31, 2012 at 12:56 AM

…over the radio you hear something about them needing to get to a hospital. What are they doing instead? Taking pictures of a guy in a Batman outfit standing next to a Lamborghini.

MadisonConservative on March 30, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Meanwhile, poster is sitting on butt, beer in hand, kind of lonely last night? Nothing to do? No hospital to visit, rest homes to visit, just time to whine about some cops praising a man and honoring him?…what a vision.

right2bright on March 31, 2012 at 8:29 AM

Great video of a real hero.

dogsoldier on March 31, 2012 at 12:12 PM

Love the cops on this too…. not giving this guy a hard time. Course, like every good Batman, his license and vehicle registration are up to date, and he is polite to law enforcement. :)

itsspideyman on March 31, 2012 at 3:25 PM

…over the radio you hear something about them needing to get to a hospital. What are they doing instead? Taking pictures of a guy in a Batman outfit standing next to a Lamborghini.

MadisonConservative on March 30, 2012 at 6:58 PM

Yah, those darn cops. They didn’t come onto him like he was committing a crime, they didn’t ticket him for having no plate displayed, and they generally just went with the flow. All they did was pull him over, checked him out briefly, made sure the car was properly registered. That really is disappointing. Well, to you, anyway.

BillH on March 31, 2012 at 3:30 PM

BUT

…over the radio you hear something about them needing to get to a hospital. What are they doing instead? Taking pictures of a guy in a Batman outfit standing next to a Lamborghini.

MadisonConservative on March 30, 2012 at 6:58 PM

They’re saying we’ll let you get to the hospital-he was on his way to visit sick children as a community service. There was no time pressure. There really wasn’t any harm in posing for a few photos for the police.

talkingpoints on March 31, 2012 at 5:01 PM