You see the picture and think, “oh sure, that guy is some kind of lunatic.”
But he’s saying he was just putting on a cosplay performance for fun. That seems absolutely reasonable to me.
A convicted felon in Missouri accused of livestreaming threats to bomb and kill people while he was dressed up as the Batman villain known as The Joker was sentenced Friday to 60 days in jail, with credit for several months served after his arrest.
Jeremy Garnier, 51, of University City, was sentenced after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of making a terrorist threat. Prosecutors reduced the charge from a felony for the March 2020 incident.
Garnier told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he never intended to make a threat and pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor to avoid many more months in jail.
“I was talking like The Joker,” Garnier said Saturday in a telephone interview. “I was in character. Everybody knew that it was a joke and that I had no intentions of following through with a threat.”
Garnier told the Post-Dispatch he served more than 20 years in federal and state prison for robbing a credit union in the 1980s and for other felonies, in order to support his crack habit. He said he is now sober and wants to use his platform to raise awareness about the opioid epidemic.
Again, maybe he’s a psycho who was really threatening violence. But he’s saying that he was just having fun doing cosplay. You can’t prove it either way. But it seems reasonable.
It’s hard to know how to judge something like this. Obviously, when an actor is playing the Joker in a Hollywood film and makes threats in front of the camera, he can’t be charged with a crime for doing that.
Whatever the case: white men are being sent to prison for unrealized threats while blacks are being let out with no bail after committing real world acts of extreme violence. Something is not right here.