A serious campaign for the deportation of Justin Bieber from North America has been rapidly gaining pace during the past couple of weeks. Following Beiber’s reckless behaviour and run-in’s with the law, US citizens consider him a threat and a negative influence on the nation’s youth.
LOS ANGELES — A petition that is posted on the official whitehouse.gov petition page, was created on January 23, 2014 as a response to the teenage pop sensations recent run-ins with the law in both Los Angeles, California, and Miami, Florida, which have resulted in a court date on February 14, 2014, and the potential for a further prosecution in relation to a separate incident. As recently as this morning (30/1/14), further news of Bieber reporting to a Toronto police station in his native Canada have emerged. He was required to respond to assault allegations against him which relate to an incident in late December 2013, which sees the 19-year-old singer in further legal trouble, facing another court date.
All of this controversy has unravelled in what has been a bad few months for Justin Bieber due to the nature of these multiple charges and allegations made against him much concern has arisen regarding the teenager’s negative influence on his young and impressionable fans.
The first sign of trouble in this recent spout of legal issues for Justin Bieber started at the beginning of January, when Los Angeles County Sheriffs were called to Bieber’s $6.5million Calabasas home, following complaints of egg throwing from his neighbour. The incident, which arose on January 9, apparently involved Bieber throwing multiple raw eggs at his neighbour’s house, following an argument, which resulted in an estimated $20,000 worth of damage to the property. Following the reported incident, officers from LA County Sheriff’s Department acquired a warrant to raid Bieber’s home, searching for evidence and taking possession of his security video footage. Although charges against Bieber for this incident are still being considered in the light of the evidence obtained against him by the LA County Sheriff’s Department, at the time of the raid, drugs were found in Justin’s home, and his live-in friend was arrested, to be later released on $20,000 bail for possession charges. He is currently awaiting his court date.
It was no more than 13 unlucky days after the egging incident in Los Angeles, that Bieber was arrested in Miami, Florida, for charges of Driving Under the Influence (DUI), driving on a suspended license, and resisting arrest. Charges were also held against him for ‘drag racing’ and breaking the speed limit by more than double. Bieber, who was driving a yellow rented Lamborghini, was pulled over by police on Miami Beach in the early hours of the morning on January 22, after his vehicle was seen by officers driving at around 60mph in a 30 mph zone, racing in the streets. Reports from the officers at the scene of the arrest claim that Bieber claimed he had taken prescription medication, drank a beer and had been smoking marijuana prior to driving the rented vehicle. Despite the breathalyser test coming back showing Bieber to be below Florida’s legal limit, officers continued with the arrest as their reports claim he showed himself to be impaired, with the Miami Beach DUI Report stating that Bieber smelled of alcohol and his attitude was ‘excited, talkative, profanity, cooperative, insulting and cocky.’ Furthering the statements made in the DUI report, the officer who drove Bieber to the holding facility after his arrest claimed in a separate report that Bieber ‘reeked of marijuana’, and when the officer told Bieber, he responded ‘Yeah, we were smoking all night at the studio.’ After an embarrassing smiley mug shot was released of the 19-year-old while under the detention of Miami police, Bieber appeared before a judge; a trial date is set for February 14.
And if Justin’s legal troubles were not already enough with a pending court date in Miami and a potential charge being brought against him in Los Angeles, Bieber attended a Toronto police station on January 29. He was made answerable to assault charges against him relating to an incident on December 30, 2013, when it was alleged that he struck a limo driver over the back of the head ‘several times’. After his arrest in Miami, Justin escaped to Panama, and was seen on the beach with his Manager and other mentors. This led the international media to assume that some sort of intervention was being held in an attempt to straighten out the reckless 19 year old, amid his recent spiralling troubles. However with his visit to the Toronto police station in his native Canada, amid these further legal charges, the future is not looking good for Justin. According to a statement from Toronto Police Department, a court date for these assault charges has been set for March 10, 2014.
With charges relating to drugs, driving under the influence, driving on an expired license, resisting arrest and potential criminal damage charges hanging over Justin in America, it has led to Americans calling for his deportation.
The petition which was created on January 23, is calling for the revocation of Bieber’s green card, which allows him to live and work in America, and for him to be deported, following his recent illegal activities. The petition itself states:
‘We the people of the United States feel that we are being wrongly represented in the world of pop culture. We would like to see the dangerous, reckless, destructive and drug abusing, Justin Bieber deported and his green card revoked. He is not only threatening the safety of our people but he is also a terrible influence on our nation’s youth. We the people would like to remove Justin Bieber from our society.’
Any petition in America that reaches 100,000 signatures in its first 30 days is, under law, to be considered by the White House and an official statement released. After just one week of the posting of this petition against Bieber on the whitehouse.gov website, over 190,000 signatures have been received, leading to wide speculation as to how Barack Obama and the White House will respond to this rapidly growing campaign against Justin. I myself monitored the figures on the petition, and in the hour between 15:20 and 16:20 on January 30, the number of signatures rose from 187,178 to 190,359, which is representative of just how quickly this petition is gaining supporters.
Despite all media speculation and negativity, we do hope that Justin Bieber, who we must remember is still just 19 years old, manages to keep on the right side of the law while he awaits his multiple court dates. However we will be watching to see the response of the American state in relation to the pop teen’s illegal behaviour, for as stated by many and shown by the media attention his actions have been receiving, Bieber’s every move is watched and is can potentially influence his many young fans in a very negative way.
– Chloe Symons, Correspondent (North America)
Image Courtesy: By Miami Beach Police Department [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons