Los Angeles Man Accused of Dancing Too Aggressively, Charged with Disrupting Iowa City's Gay Pride Parade

The man allegedly danced a little too enthusiastically and ranted on stage, disrupting the proceedings.

IOWA CITY, IA - A Los Angeles man was arrested Saturday and charged with interference with official acts and disorderly conduct: making loud and raucous noise, both misdemeanors, after he allegedly disrupted the on Saturday.

According to an Iowa City police criminal complaint, Michael Steven Oren, 52, of Los Angeles, was arrested after he continued his disruptive behavior following a police warning.

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Police were called to the site of the festivities at at 1:46 p.m. Saturday for the report of a man, Oren, yelling obscenities and disturbing the parade. Police warned Oren about this incident, according to the complaint. Later, when Oren jumped up onto the stage, interrupting musicians and yelling, he was arrested.

Iowa City police Lt. Bill Campbell said that Oren was actually in the parade, and was complaining loudly about the policies of President Obama.

"I don't think his issue was with the parade at all," Campbell said. "He wasn't happy with some of the things that are going on in the election."

Campbell said Oren told police that he is running for president. Oren was also accused of dancing too aggressively with some of the female participants.

According to the complaint, Oren was charged with interference with official acts following his arrest he tensed up and resisted being put into the squad car, all while yelling loudly.


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Nam Blah June 20, 2012 at 04:05 PM
How dare the Brown Shirt Jack Boot Thugs of Iowa City PD interfere with the 1st Amendment Rights of a jovial participant who is merely expressing his joy of the True Gods lifestyle of Truth. The homophobic police shall be taken to task for this most gregarious assault. Death to Tyrants!
Someone LikeU June 20, 2012 at 04:12 PM
So, tensing up (which by the way can be an involuntary reaction to stress) is also illegal now? Your headline is misleading. He got arrested for disorderly conduct, not because of his dance style. It's very shameful how you in the media are permitted to mislead (read: lie) to people on a daily basis. Not all of us are lemmings, grow a backbone and report the truth, not what's spoonfed to you. Good Morning Vietnam! is a great movie, I highly reccommend watching it.
Stephen Schmidt June 20, 2012 at 04:24 PM
There really wasn't one thing that he was arrested for, from what I understand. The dancing and yelling and profanity were part of the overall disruption that police say he was first warned about and then arrested for.
Dale Dapkins June 20, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Was he dancin the chicken chain-saw chow mein? If he was I totally understand
Andrew H.Banks June 20, 2012 at 10:13 PM
You know you're a bad dancer when,,,
Blazia Lydia June 20, 2012 at 10:59 PM
He prolly had a bad lunch.
w r okel June 20, 2012 at 11:38 PM
You better hope that you never find out what a brown shirt jack boot thug really is....They kill homosexuals....You use the term too loosely...
1BrianWorkman1 June 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Business as usual in L.A. CA .!?!?
lita June 21, 2012 at 01:41 AM
For crying out loud. There is no such word as "prolly." The word is probably. I find it frightening the speed at which our language skills--written and spoken--are deteriorating in this country. Why don't you use a word processing program and then paste in into the comment area? Embarrassing....
Jennifever Miller June 21, 2012 at 05:48 PM
He jumped onto one of the floats and then tried to give a performer an unsolicited massage during their performance.


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