Did Bob ‘Zoey’ Tur Commit Assault and Battery Against Ben Shapiro?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Many are aware of the recent confrontation between transgender journalist Bob Tur, a helicopter pilot and journalist who identifies as a woman and goes by the name “Zoey.”[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]The famed helicopter pilot who has covered many famous events and has been on the frontlines of news was a recent guest on Dr. Drew with Breitbart Editor-at-Large and conservative author and activist, Ben Shapiro. Discussing Bruce Jenner’s recent reception of an award for courage, the conversation shifted to transgenderism and the discussion became heated.

After Tur accused Shapiro of not knowing what he was talking about with regards to transgender issues, Shapiro called Tur “Sir” and Tur placed his arm around Shapiro in a threatening manner and threatened that if he did not cut it out, he would be leaving the taping in an ambulance.

Shapiro was more dignified in his response and stated, “That seems mildly inappropriate for a political discussion.”

The left hailed tur’s bullying as the right condemned the threat of violence in a political discussion. Tur claimed on Twitter that “being called sir and mentally ill is violence.”

Shapiro countered, “No, actually, grabbing people by the neck and threatening to send them to the hospital is violence.”

Shapiro also claims that Tur made remarks about seeing him in the parking lot and “curb stomping” him.

However, while many continue to bicker back-and-forth about the ethics of Tur’s threat of violence, one question remains:

Did Tur commit battery?

Breitbart News reports on the altercation and Shapiro’s filing of a police report after the threat and the continued altercation where Tur allegedly threatened to meet Shapiro in the parking law, presumably for violence.

Tur’s threats against Shapiro followed Shapiro arguing that referring to transgender people by their preferred instead of biological sex is “mainstreaming delusion.” Of Jenner, Shapiro declared, “How he feels on the inside is irrelevant to the question of his biological self.” After Tur suggested that Shapiro knew nothing about genetics, the following exchange then occurred:


Shapiro asked if the discussion was supposed to be on genetics and asked, “What are your genetics, sir?” Pinsky said to Tur, “I’d stay away from the genetics and back to the brain scans.”


Tur then said to Shapiro, “You cut that out now, or you’ll go home in an ambulance.” Shapiro responded,


“That seems mildly inappropriate for a political discussion.” Oduolowu said that, to be fair, Shapiro was being rude, to which Shapiro answered, “I’m sorry, it’s not rude to say that someone who’s biologically a male is a male.” Tur stated, “You just called me a ‘sir.’”


After some of the other panelists, particularly radio and “Chain Reaction” host Mike Catherwood, objected that Shapiro knew that what he said would be “insulting” and “inflammatory.” Shapiro responded, “It’s not a matter of insulting or inflammatory. It’s a fact. You are a male. Dr. Drew is a male.”


Shapiro explained to Breitbart News why he filed the police report. “Just because the left has designated someone a member of the victim class does not mean that that person gets to infringe the rights of others,” he said of his report. “Until the left learns that, their aggression will not stop.” Shapiro also said that he had spoken with a detective at LAPD, and that he would be pursuing any possibility of charges regarding alleged criminal threats.

Full disclosure: I am neither a lawyer nor a legal scholar. However, according to Cornell Law School, the legal definition of battery is as follows:

“In criminal law, a physical act that results in harmful or offensive contact with another’s person without that person’s consent.”

Attorney Andrew F. Branca, an expert on use of force laws, writes in his book, “The Law of Self-defense: The Indispensable Guide for the Armed Citizen” that battery is:

“The unwanted and deliberate touching of another person. As with assault, it can be either simple- you slapped someone- or aggravated- you shot someone but did not kill them…


Assault and battery may stand alone, or may be combined depending on the circumstances. If you wave your fist in someone’s face but do not touch him or her, you committed assault but not battery. On the other hand, if you strike someone from behind but they were never aware of the attack coming, you have committed battery but not assault.”

[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”553157113d3ff”][vc_column_text]It seems pretty clear by the video evidence that Tur committed battery. Whether his menacing comments coupled with the unwanted touching is considered assault is another matter.

In either case, whether Tur’s actions meet the legal definitions required for prosecution or not, the fact remains that there is a time and place for violence- a political discussion amongst supposed professionals just simply isn’t one of them.

Tur’s actions show the true, ugly side of modern leftism: having assumed a preposterous moral highground, the left too-often believes that the ends justify the means in matters of effecting warped senses of social justice.

Police have not yet declared whether Tur will face charges.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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Greg Campbell
Greg Campbell
An unapologetic patriot and conservative, Greg emerged within the blossoming Tea Party Movement as a political analyst dedicated to educating and advocating for the preservation of our constitutional principles and a free-market solution to problems birthed by economic liberalism. From authoring scathing commentaries to conducting interviews with some of the biggest names in politics today including party leaders, activists and conservative media personalities, Greg has worked to counter the left’s media narratives with truthful discussions of the biggest issues affecting Americans today. Greg’s primary area of focus is Second Amendment issues and the advancement of honest discussion concerning the constitutional right that protects all others. He lives in the Northwest with his wife, Heather, and enjoys writing, marksmanship and the outdoors.

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