Author Peter Watts Arrested at US Border

Hugo-nominated author Peter Watts was reportedly beaten, pepper-sprayed, and imprisoned by American border guards on December 8, 2009. According to his friend David Nickle, Watts, a Canadian citizen, was stopped at the border crossing at Port Huron, Michigan, by US police for a search of his rental car. “When Peter got out of the car and questioned the nature of the search, the gang of border guards subjected him to a beating, restrained him and pepper sprayed him. At the end of it, local police laid a felony charge of assault against a federal officer against Peter.”

Watts posted bond on December 9 and returned to Canada. He will have to return to Michigan to face the assault charge, which could mean two years in prison and a ban on travel to the US. Watts plans to mount a vigorous defense, and friends and family are fundraising to help cover legal costs. Paypal donations can be made to

More about Watts’s arrest at Boing Boing. Watts posted his account of events at his website.

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