According to TMZ, the crowd of fans surged when Bieber emerged from the store and cops feared the barricades protecting the 17-year-old singer would give in, so an unidentified officer jumped in to protect Justin, who had no idea this man running at him was law enforcement. A member of Bieber's security detail tried to pull the cop away, and thus the so-called scuffle. "One of his bodyguards failed to follow lawful order [to move]," Bieber's spokesperson told the Hollywood Reporter, and TMZ reports the bodyguard was cited for disorderly conduct. "[Bieber] was not even touched. The only person touched was the bodyguard. This was a momentary, well-intentioned misunderstanding that was quickly resolved. The event went very well." In other words, nothing to see here, folks, please return to worrying about things like Bieber's appearance on Letterman!
Why were cops on hand in the first place? A Bieber event is apparently worthy of police intervention. The AP explained, "Police said Bieber's representatives contacted them to say he wanted to go outside to greet fans. Police set up a small pen where he could do so." Is this really the best use of New York's finest? The Amp is skeptical.
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