The Emmy-award winning actor was taken into custody by two
officers who spotted him riding his bike against traffic in
lower Manhattan around 10 a.m., police said. He was issued two
summonses, one for the bicycle violation and another for
"He was acting in a violent, threatening manner towards the
police officers," Sergeant Lee Jones of the New York Police
Department told Reuters.
Baldwin, who portrayed Jack Donaghy in the hit TV comedy "30
Rock," was taken to the 13th Precinct for processing and was
released by late morning, said an NYPD spokeswoman.
"New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is
desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once
thought benign," the star tweeted later in the day through the
Alec Baldwin Foundation Twitter account regarding his arrest.
He also tweeted the officer's name and badge number and
complained that police did nothing when photographers nearly hit
his daughter with a camera outside his home.
Earlier this year, Baldwin said he was considering leaving the
city, due in part to press accounts last year that portrayed him
as a hot head and a homophobic bigot.
"I probably have to move out of New York," Baldwin said in a New
York Magazine article in February. "I just can't live in New
(Reporting by Chris Francescani and Curtis Skinner, Editing by
Barbara Goldberg and David Gregorio)
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