Judge Orders Man to Carry Humiliating Sign: 'I'm an Idiot'

Dameron outside the 2nd Precinct Headquarters

If you are passing by the 2nd District Police Headquarters in Cleveland this week, you may spot a man with long gray hair, a mustache, and a beard, and who's wearing an unusual sign. "I apologize to officer Simone, his family, and all police officers for being an idiot calling and threatening to kill you. I'm sorry and it will never happen again," read the sign that was handmade by none other than the woman who sentenced 58-year-old Richard Dameron to wear it, Judge Pinkey Carr.

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It's not the first time Carr has resorted to doling out an unorthodox punishment. Last year, she made Shena Hardin, 32, wear a similar sign after she was caught on camera swerving up onto a sidewalk to drive around a school bus.

Carr justified the humiliation tactics in an interview with Fox 8 News: "It definitely sends a message because people won't forget. I remember with my last case people drove by and were, like, 'You are an idiot.' For me, that's a deterrent. If you engage yourself in this behavior, you may subject yourself to this kind of sentence." She did not respond to Yahoo Shine's request for an interview.

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In early February, Dameron was arrested for threatening to kill police officers in multiple calls to 911. According to dispatch recordings, in one instance he threatened a retired officer named Jim Simone and then said he would "kill two cops." In another, he said, "I want to kill three cops. Bye."

Judge Carr initially sentenced Dameron to 90 days in prison followed by a walk of shame—a week holding the sign in front of the police station from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. starting on Memorial Day. When he didn't show up to pick up the sign, Carr sent her bailiff to find him. The judge told WYKC that Dameron said to the bailiff, "I did 90 days, I can do another 90 days, I'm not doing this sign."

At Dameron's second sentencing, courtroom footage showed the judge telling him, "I don't have children; I don't play. When I ask you to do something, it's an order; it's not optional." She then slapped him with another 90 days for violating his probation, saying, "I'm like Burger King, you can have it your way." Carr also made it clear that Dameron would be required to stand in front of the police station beginning on Sept. 2.

While Carr spoke, a subdued-looking Dameron gazed at her and nodded slightly. The tough-talking judge concluded, "The punishment fits the crime. He offended this community, he offended the police officers, and I think he needs to apologize. I think it's an appropriate sentence."

Outside the police station on Monday, Dameron told reporters how he felt wearing the sign. "I didn't want to do it," he said. "But the judge said to do it, so I am going to be the man and stand up." He also acknowledged that he was sorry and that he was drunk at the time of the incidents. Court records show that Dameron has a rap sheet of prior offenses, including drug- and alcohol-related arrests going back for decades.

While Carr's punishment may be unusual, it is not unique. Last spring, a Houston judge demanded Michael Giacona, 39, wear a sign that said "I killed Aaron Coy Pennywell while driving drunk" on four consecutive Saturdays as part of his punishment for a DWI conviction. Prosecutors were not able to determine which driver actually caused the crash that killed Pennywell. Giacona completed one Saturday at the crash site after telling the judge that he received death threats while he was wearing the sign.

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