Actor Alec Baldwin took to Twitter Tuesday to denounce police who had issued him summonses after finding him riding his bicycle against traffic on a one-way street.
"Officer Moreno, badge number 23388, arrested me and handcuffed me for going the wrong way on Fifth Ave.," Baldwin, 56, tweeted via his namesake arts foundation. "Meanwhile, photographers outside my home ONCE AGAIN terrified my daughter and nearly hit her with a camera. The police did nothing. New York City is a mismanaged carnival of stupidity that is desperate for revenue and anxious to criminalize behavior once thought benign."
At 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, police stopped the Emmy-winning "30 Rock" star near 16th Street as he was pedaling north on southbound Fifth Avenue, said The Hollywood Reporter.
When Baldwin, who was born in Amityville and raised in Massapequa, could not produce identification, "He got a little belligerent with the officers, so they took him into custody to identify him," NYPD Det. Marc Nell told the magazine. "He was identified and given two summonses, and he is now on his merry way."
Police specified to CBS News that the summonses were for riding a bicycle the wrong way down a street and for disorderly conduct, and that Baldwin was released after a short time. He is scheduled to appear in Manhattan Criminal Court on the disorderly conduct summons July 24, CBS said. According to the New York City Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild, a summons is not an arrest and disorderly conduct is a violation and not a crime.
A photo shows Baldwin, dressed in a dark shirt and shorts and wearing a visor, handcuffed as one of two policewomen at the scene lead him into a 13th Precinct patrol car.