In Connecticut, door closed for Jim Morrison pardon

Jim Morrison’s New Haven Mug Shot
Jim Morrison’s New Haven Mug Shot

The Doors frontman Jim Morrison may be in line for a postumous pardon in Florida for his 1969 obscenity conviction, but that won't light a fire under Connecticut officials.

Morrison was arrested during a Dec. 9, 1967, show at the old New Haven Arena, dragged from the stage after he launched into an obscenity-laced tirade against the police. He was charged with obscenity and incitement to riot after the angry crowd spilled onto the streets.

The singer later immortalized the event in the song "Peace Frog," which includes the lyrics "blood on the streets of the town of New Haven."

According to Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, Morrison had been in a dressing room shower, making out with a female fan, when a police officer who didn't know who the singer was sprayed him with Mace. Morrison told the audience what happened, referring to the "little blue men," Manzarek said. Police came onto the stage and stopped the show, one of them allegedly telling Morrison "you've gone too far, young man.''

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