Regular readers will recall that Bakersfield, California was recently home to a clown outbreak, including an unconfirmed report of an armed Bozo. mlive.com reports that the trend has spread to the Mitten State. “Police arrested a 54-year-old man [not shown] after he was allegedly seen wearing camouflage pants and a clown mask, shooting a gun at a can in the street. Grand Traverse County sheriff’s deputies said the man also was seen playing a trombone at one point, all the while as he stood in a garage. The man, described as intoxicated, was arrested for a personal protection order violation. No one was hurt and the gun turned out to be a pellet gun.” To be clear, a Michigan personal protection order (PPO) is . . .
a court order to “stop threats or violence against you.” That’s according to michiganlegalhelp.org, which also asserts that “a PPO can help protect you from someone who is threatening, hurting or harassing you. You can get a PPO if you have a reasonable fear for your personal liberty or safety.”
Despite the fact that John Wayne Gacy [a.k.a., “Pogo the Clown”, above] planted dozens of victims under his floorboards in nearby Illinois, the site offers no guidance over whether or not the courts consider coulrophobia a “reasonable” fear, with or without the trombone-playing element. In other words, no PPO for Bozo, generally speaking.