Yet another example of why it's never a good idea to publicly claim moral superiority. Former D.C. Mayor and current Councilman Marion Barry was arrested Saturday night by the U.S. Park Police and charged with misdemeanor stalking.
About 8:45 p.m. in Anacostia Park, a Washington woman flagged down a Park Police officer on patrol and pointed to Barry, who was in another car. The woman said Barry was stalking her, Park Police spokesman Sgt. David Schlosser said.
Barry was taken into custody, processed and released, but he must make a court appearance for the charge. A court date has not been set.
This is not Barry's first run- in with the law. In 1990 Barry was caught smoking crack cocaine in a hotel room during his time as mayor of D.C. .
Barry was also arrested in 2002 when traces of marijuana and cocaine were found in his car after he was stopped in the Buzzard Point area of Southwest D.C. No charges were filed, and Barry claimed that the drugs were planted.
In May, Barry was the lone dissenter in an almost unanimous city council vote to recognize same-sex marriages in D.C. performed elsewhere.
D.C. boasts one of the most populated black gay communities in the country and Barry shocked gay residents and the blogosphere when he stated that "he only had a handful of openly gay residents in his district".
While same-sex couples married elsewhere living in D.C. will be celebrating in the days ahead, Barry will be preparing for another court appearance. People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.