A Brazen Attack on Jim Schutze's Hat Cam: Film at 11! No, Wait, Film at Now!

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Something happened to me at City Hall today, where I went in hopes of chronicling the mayor's Trinity Toll Road speech. I have really debated with myself about going public with it. But my hope is that if I tell my story, other men who have been through the same thing won't feel so isolated.

I was attacked and woman-handled by two persons just because I was wearing my hatcam. It was the most brutal thing you ever saw.

One of them, Dallas city manager Mary Suhm, more or less threatened to "rip that off your ear" and then the other one, political advertising guru Carol Reed, proceeded to make physically aggressive gestures toward my head.

I was compelled to remove my hatcam myself in a hasty and awkward fashion in order to stave off further violence. If you watch the video -- first, make sure your children are out of the room -- you will hear Reed threaten to beat me up.

I'm not kidding. Watch the film if you don't believe me.

And let me say something right here and now. The hatcam will not be stopped. The hatcam does not bend before thuggery nor bow to threats of physical violence. The hatcam marches on proudly, regardless what peril may lie ahead.

Off camera, after hatcamming had stopped, Suhm made a remark to the effect that either she or Reed alone could take me. That's ridiculous.

Obviously if they're going to come at me en masse, so to speak, like a Beth Phoenix/Barbara BB Bush tag team, that's different. But solo, mano a mano? No way. If one of them wants to try me alone, I will be waiting in the ring with the gloves on. And the hatcam.

I think I may have serious whiplash.


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32 comments
OMG
OMG

WTF? Awesome. 

In other news, per DMN, Rawlings has exposed himself as a Liepert clone on the Trinity River tollroad. 

Yikes.

Shawn Nee
Shawn Nee

Why even write this story if you're not gonna release the video of public officials behaving in appropriately?

Alfredo
Alfredo

If you had put your tin foil hat on no one would have noticed the hatcam

Max from the Sandspit
Max from the Sandspit

Ahh hell Jim, this is Texas and it ain't polite to wear a hat in Church, whioch is what City Hall has become. Hell even Bum Philips took his hat off when coaching in the Astordome.

mynameisURL
mynameisURL

Hmmm...

Gotta put my money on Suhm, he's a burly one.

Jay
Jay

What a rebel you are, a journalist who is not just reporting a the story, but becomes part of the story. They had a name for that in journalism school....what was it?

richard schumacher
richard schumacher

 But why were they handling you?  Are cameras legal in City hall, or not?

RTGolden
RTGolden

I want ringside seats to the match.  Bring the dogs, you're gonna need backup.

bbetzen
bbetzen

Hat cam is the wrong word.  It should be ear cam.  You did not have on a hat, but I think it is wonderful!

Maxwcheney
Maxwcheney

Wow Jim, you have two of the most powerful women in Dallas fighting over you.  And neither of them are your wife.  I'm impressed!

scottindallas
scottindallas

the hatcam abides.

Actually, this whole story and posting is shameful, and a waste of precious pixels and time.

cp
cp

If Carol Reed "handled" you, then yes, you were indeed "manhandled". Don't mess with her, she's one scary mofo!

Hal A. Towsis
Hal A. Towsis

Um, Jim. It appears that you graciously acquiesced to their demands. I mean, you don't want to turn down a request from one of your JWP/SALT/FBI probe sources now, do you?

Mervis
Mervis

Where is the dog footage?

Sa
Sa

I'm shocked.  Shocked!

Heywood U Buzzoff
Heywood U Buzzoff

Is it the hat cam or Jim that brings out the anger? Probably not the hat. Didn't Wilonsky warn us that the DMN staff regularly gave Jimmy 'purple nurples'?

ChrisYu
ChrisYu

wouldn't it be fun to march into JWP's office with that hat!

Mickister
Mickister

I thought Michael Moore already had the market on being an annoying Detroit douche with a camera while in public.

I mean that in the nicest way possible, Mr. Schutze.

Derple
Derple

Fascism is the new black, deal with it.

Phelps
Phelps

Funny thing is Jim's hat cam gets more action than anyone at the Observer.

Cordell Cameron
Cordell Cameron

Oh my gawd! The humanity! Are you okay?!?

At least Mary didn't shank you.  

Perry Moore
Perry Moore

Uh, right, except that some writers get beaten up while hanging out with Hell's Angels, while others get their hats handed to them by a couple of ladies at City Hall. How about Gorgonzola Journalism?

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

but was the cam on his ear or the hat? you see, a hat is a hat, whether its being worn or not, so since the camera was attached to the hat, its still a hat cam.  And I have now sufficiently given myself tired head

Bob
Bob

And I'm still wondering how Carol Reed has stayed out of the media and away from the Feds whereas her sometimes partner, Mari Woodlief received the butt of the JWP/FBI investigation.

Ed D.
Ed D.

How dare you, sir! Such a vile and uncalled for attack on the city manager. For shame!

rofm
rofm

 that would give a whole new meaning to 'asshat'

JimS
JimS

Be careful what you mean, action.

Mickister
Mickister

 He's actually from Davison and not Flint, but it's hard to claim to be a champion of the working class when you really grew up in the middle-class suburb of the working class city.

scottindallas
scottindallas

 come on Jim, Phelphs is likely correct with either connotation. 

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