San Francisco: Petrelis vs. Wiener

San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener, who gained notoriety recently for his law banning nudity, is back in the spotlight after a long battle with blogger Michael Petrelis over “everything” – including decision-making around who decides what flies on the Castro’s flagpole and Wiener’s performance in his role of representing the city’s Castro District.

This past October, Petrelis snapped a photo of Wiener at City Hall in a public restroom that he subsequently published on his blog. Today, the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department responded to the District Attorney by arresting Petrelis for being a peeping tom:

Petrelis voluntarily turned himself in for booking on Thursday afternoon after posting bond, was cited and released.

“I am dealing with this legal matter head on,” said Petrelis following his ordeal. “I voluntarily surrendered to the San Francisco sheriff. I have a court date set for December 5th at 9 am, and I look forward to it.”

The incident occurred at City Hall, where Petrelis was staging a photo-op for visiting gay Honduran dignitary Erick Martinez, an activist whose life has been threatened by the rightwing junta ruling his country. Through Petrelis’ political organizing, Martinez was introduced to gay Supervisor David Campos and bisexual Supervisor Christina Olague, in front of the Harvey Milk Bust in the Grand Rotunda on the second floor.

Petrelis had been taking photographs of the activities in the Grand Rotunda before he walked into the public men’s room noticed Wiener and proceeded to photograph him. An image of Wiener standing in front of the sink, holding a toothbrush later appeared on Petrelis’ blog.

Two weeks after the photo appeared on his blog, in what looks like an act of political retribution, Wiener appears to have abused his power as a San Francisco Supervisor by involving the sheriff’s department, who in turn assigned two senior detectives to investigate the Petrelis.

More to come…

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