What a day. Yes, in the picture posted above it is a Clearwater Anon being audited at City Hall Fountain with one of Clearwater's finest sitting in a patrol car in the background. We love you, CPD. You keep the peace and keep us as safe as possible in crazy cult town. The day started off with three of us waiting for our fourth Anon. It was a beautiful day and we decided to sit and chat. The fourth Anon didn't show up at the time they'd given us so we decided to make one quick walk-through and then come back to City Hall Fountain for pizza and delicious CAEK. We walk east on Pierce St. and wait for the light to cross Ft. Harrison Ave. to go stand behind the Coachman Building because we can see a lot of Sci activity there. As soon as we get to the sidewalk, OSA security start re-routing people out the front door which opens onto Cleveland St. One LOL-Security guard tries something that's not been done in a while: SIGN TECH! His problem is that he's by himself in this endeavor and is walking the sign back-and-forth because SO are craning around the sign to look at us. Fail. They initialize VAN TECH and move a van in front of the doors so we just move farther down the sidewalk and it's like a miracle: the people inside can see us again. Heh. So, one of the Anons decides to go through Gaslight Alley to stand on Cleveland St. and catch all the people being re-routed out that door. Brave Anon is Brave because the cult truly believe Gaslight Alley belongs to them... Keep in mind that we've only been there about 5 minutes while all this transpires. It's the newb Anon and myself. Suddenly, a man speaking broken English comes walking into the middle of the Coachman Bldg. parking lot from the Gaslight Alley area. He's gesturing wildly while screaming and cursing at us. He's actually screaming, "Get the fuck off MY property!" while standing in the middle of the Coachman Bldg. parking lot. He's screaming other things while cursing the whole time. I finally yell that we're not on the property and I doubt he owns it anyway and that we have a legal right to be there. He screams, "LEAVE! LEAVE! LEAVE!" I said, "How about no?" So, he walks toward the Ft. Harrison Ave. entrance/exit of that parking lot. The newb Anon goes toward Ft. Harrison Ave. because we have to keep moving and I move the other way on the sidewalk. As I'm about to turn to move back to the center, I see the old man running toward the newb Anon, pointing his finger at her and screaming. I start moving toward her and get to her right before he does. I step in between and put my hands up against my chest (arms not extended) in a defensive move and tell him to STOP. He stops right in my face, screaming and pointing over my shoulder at the newb Anon, cursing and saying the Anon cannot take his picture. I tell him that the Anon CAN take his picture legally and before I can tell him that he needs to check that law, he knocks my left hand down. I tell him he cannot put his hands on me and that I'm going to call the police now when he takes both hands and shoves me in the chest. I fall back into the newb Anon. He is still in both our faces when I pull my cell phone out and dial 9-1-1. He asks me, "What the fuck are you doing?" I tell him he cannot assault me and I'm calling the police. He realizes he's screwed up. I get the 9-1-1 operator on the phone and the old guy starts trying to walk away. I tell the operator that I'm following him because I don't want him to get away and the cult to hide him. The old guy jaywalks across Ft. Harrison Ave. and I tell the operator we're jaywalking now. We go into the alley behind the Starbucks building and the old guy goes into a Scilon owned business' back door. I cannot go in there. The newb Anon is right behind me. The other Anon is already on Cleveland St. and that Anon catches the old man coming out the front. He heads toward Gaslight Alley and this is where we all end up with the first CPD police officer to respond. I was told to wait in the alley behind the Starbucks, but then one of the other Anons calls to tell me to come to Gaslight Alley. As I am walking to Gaslight Alley, the CPD call me back and tell me to come to the police station to report this. I tell them that there's an officer in Gaslight Alley with the man. The officer on the phone tells me if the situation is not handled to my satisfaction to come to the police station. I tell them I will. I get to Gaslight Alley and meet up with the other two Anons. I go ahead and take off the ole top hat and what's left of my GF mask. I have to walk between the old man who assaulted me and another man standing with him to go talk to the officer who wants to speak to me right next to the cult's Coachman Bldg. parking lot. LOL @ no privacy whatsoever... In all honesty, I believe this officer was either new to the downtown area or had picked up some overtime from another one of the CPD's districts because he was not doing his job. He wanted me to tell my story and kept interrupting me to say, "On the sidewalk...not on the parking lot? Right?" while pointing to the sidewalk. After about the third time of him saying, "STILL on the sidewalk, right?" I stopped. Long story short on this: I told him I never get on their property and if they're saying that then they need to pull up their surveillance tape of me on their property. The officer then stops me and tells me he's not going to file a report. I ask why and he says I wasn't hurt and then proceeds to say this like two or three times to me: "You have your reason for being here, right?" I finally told him I have a constitutional right to protest against them lawfully and I always have. Then he says I need to cut the guy some slack because he's foreign and an older gentleman and I should respect him. Bit of personal info about myself here, but I've been doxed up the ass for a long time so, "Meh." I threw my arms out and said, "I'm 53 years old. I'm not a spring chicken. Where's the respect he should have shown me?" The officer says he's not going to file a report and that's that. I tell him I'm going to the police station. He asks why. I said that he had not handled this to my satisfaction and I had been told to come to the police station if it wasn't handled well. He says he's not done talking to me. I tell him I'm done talking to him because there's nothing more to say if he's not going to file a report. He tells me to stay right there and he takes a few steps back and gets on his shoulder radio. He walks back over to me and tells me that the officer in charge that day is coming over and gives me the name. I lit up like a Christmas tree because Clearwater Anons have had the privilege of dealing with this particular officer on numerous occasions. I tell the first officer that was great and he didn't seem too pleased. I did keep offering to go to the police station to save the second officer from having to leave the station, but the first officer said he was already on his way. Laigniappe: As soon as he says second officer is already on his way, we turn around and there is a public Sci who's parked her vehicle at the end of the alley completely blocking the alley. I said, "I hope he doesn't need to pull in here since she's parked there illegally. The officer just stands there in disbelief that this woman has parked the car and left her driver's side door wide open to go do whatever she needed to do at the Coachman Building. I tell him, "That's nothing new. We see it all the time. They don't think they have to obey the law." He says nothing and does nothing when the woman eventually comes back to the car. The second officer comes and takes over. He takes my statement. He takes the old guy's statement. He takes the newb Anon's statement. SO, public Sci's, OSA security are all going up to this guy and talking to him while all this is going on. The second officer says he's going to file a report. He also unbelievably says the old guy swears he's NOT a Scientologist. When I first heard that I thought it was an outright lie by the old guy, but now I have my suspicions that the cult has just riled this old guy up. I do believe I know who he is, but until I can get the report on either Wednesday or Thursday of this week, I am not going to speculate. We had to go back to City Hall Fountain to write our statements. The second officer, who was in charge that day, then said that he would file the report, that he was trying to get security tape from the Scientologists, and that the prosecutor/D.A. would probably choose not to prosecute. I told him I understood that and especially since none of us was physically hurt, but that we were done not filing anything against people who attack us. We need to send a clear message to the cult and anyone that they might potentially talk into harming us that we are not going to stand for that anymore. He told us that he had stationed officers at the main intersections throughout downtown and he knew that he couldn't tell us what to do, but asked us to please stay within eyesight of an officer at all times when we went back out. We agreed to that immediately. You think the Strangeness is OVER? Nuh uh.