CHESTERTOWN, Md. (AP) — Who says “Frosty the Snowman” has to be jolly?

A man in a “Frosty the Snowman” costume was arrested Saturday during the annual Christmas parade in Chestertown, on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. He’s accused of scuffling with police and kicking at a police dog.

Sgt. John A. Dolgos tells The Star Democrat of Easton that Kevin Michael Walsh, 52, became agitated when a dog-handling officer tried to escort him away from the crowd.

Walsh told The Associated Press that he has dressed as Frosty in the parade for at least 10 years. He says he was wrongfully arrested. He says an officer hassled him after he remarked about the police dog’s presence. He says he became agitated only after getting arrested.

Walsh was released on his own recognizance.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (9)
  1. Dave says:

    Looks like Frosty has a criminal history before this incident. It’s scary to think a jerk like this would even be allowed in the parade.

  2. Tom says:

    What history? There are no assault, robbery, manslaughter, attempted murder charges that I see people getting released on all the time. I suppose you want any person who gets into an argument or bar fight never released into public ever again? He may have a slight anger issue, but your narrow mindedness is shocking.

  3. Mary Alexander says:

    Why would a police office have a K-9 dog at a children’s Christmas parade???
    if this person has a history of poor behavior, maybe the police should have handled this differently. Arresting him???

  4. k says:

    Corrupt DEA where stealing drugs from evidence vaults and reselling them to cover extensive credit card debt.
    They also are creating suspects by planting evidence just so that they can steal from them.
    Given the choice of suspension or dealing with their debt most DEA are thinking outside the box.

    1. Corruption Is Prevelent says:

      One can learn a great deal about the DEA, by researching its history. Not all are bad, however. It is of great concern, that the “turn-over” rate, of officers in the DEA is very high. Reports by reliable sources state that one reason for the high turn-over rate is that new agents become aware of the corruption in a relatively short period of time, and choose to leave. This would tend to suggest that long-term agents in the DEA, are likely aware of the corruption, and either “turn a blind eye” or choose to participate in it.

  5. joe says:

    good thing for walsh mr price wasnt there.

  6. Decline of Constitutional Protection says:

    Although most readers were not present during the incident, I think most would agree that the “general attitude:” of police in Maryland is changing. Even for those like myself, who have not been subjected to direct interaction with law enforcement, it is clear that the authority and use of power by police is increasing.
    If the claims of Walsh are accurate (and I suspect they are) the arrest of this man was provoked only by a “verbal comment” , which does not constitute a crime. Further, it must be noted that this man’s constitutional right of “free speach” may have been violated, by the actions of the officer who sought to “escort him away from the crowd” without sufficient cause to do so.
    I do not intend to “jump to conclusions” about an incident that I did not witness, however, I suspect that I am not alone, when I say that the details of the case tend to suggest that the officer attempted (and perhaps succeeded) to control Walsh’s possible influence on public opinion, by a misuse of his authority.

    1. SallyG says:

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but the police version of the story IS accurate. This guy has been a problem in town for quite awhile and is well known by law enforcement. I don’t know why you “suspect” Walsh’s version is correct…or why you and everyone else always immediately assume the police were in the wrong. If you don’t like the job the police do, then do it yourself and see what kind of #%$@ you have to put up with on a daily basis. No, you were not there…no, you don’t know the guy! His “Frosty” activities should have been curtailed a long time ago!

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