Naked Ninja in downtown; where's the rest of the story?

Dateline: Tue 24 Jul 2012 Ninja

Has anyone else been tracking this incident, billed on You Tube as a zombie attack by a naked guy in downtown Indy? Or streaker vs. Indy? Or Naked Ninja?

A friend mentioned something a while back about a streaker going nuts in Downtown Indy, but it was below my radar.

Then a relative -- those kids! -- sent links to the above video last night, and other links which finally led to this report from our local Fox station...the Fox report ran June 28:

"A new video that surfaced this week captures officers with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department using a stun gun in an attempt to detain a naked man Downtown. 

"The incident occurred in the early morning hours of May 20, but thevideo was just recently posted on YouTube

"According to the police report, the officers were dispatched to the area of Delaware Street and Massachusetts Avenue on a report of a man walking in the middle of the street and yelling at passing vehicles. 

"When the officers arrived to the scene, they noted seeing the David Martin, 27, who was in the nude, punch several people.  According to the report, the man approached an officer, and out of fear of being attacked, the officer said he used a stun gun to try to subdue the suspect. 

"However, police said the stun gun had no effect on Martin, and he continued to resist officers.  The police report stated the naked man pushed a female officer into a building, causing her to fall and sustain injury to her elbow, knee and finger.  

"As another officer attempted to detain Martin, he reportedly punched that officer in the face several times while being handcuffed.  

"Once Martin was apprehended, he was transported to Wishard Hospital.  According to the police report, the man told police he used synthetic marijuana, known as Spice, earlier in the evening. 

"Martin was arrested and charged with battery, resisting law enforcement and public indecency. 

"The entire video is available online."

Larger points here, from a media perspective. This story/video is making the rounds on, which is where my source saw it. Yet really, despite this being a local story gone viral, there's been almost no reporting done here. Yet there is interest in what the heck happened.

Some of the questions: was this really a case of a guy on drugs freaking out? Ot was it performance art? Who is David Martin? Some comments on some sites indicate the guy is a performance artist. But tasered for art? C'mon.

Also, I question the location as reported by Fox: you can clearly see the Monument in the video, so maybe Delaware/Mass intersection is not accurate.

Anyhow, shed some light, please....


hendy [Member] said:

If it was performance art, then things went very badly. I'm guessing: stoned and pugnacious. The locale does seem incorrect. Why isn't on anyone's radar? Tawdry. One more user behaving badly in a sea of drug users behaving badly.

2012-07-24 10:00:05

George Stuteville [unverified] said:

This man was high on Spice, a variant of these so-called legal drugs that are sold in tobacco shops and even convenience stores.

Make no mistake, these drugs are incredibly dangerous and are already ruining the lives of too many.

Here would be some performance art: How about someone who has been injured personally by these drugs or seen a loved one harmed by these drugs take up a good hefty aluminum softball bat and walk into a smoke shop to make a literal -- and smashing -- point!

2012-07-24 10:37:33

Tell The Truth [Member] said:

Next time I'll wear clothes.

2012-07-24 13:53:00

ruthholl [Member] said:

I watched the video just like all of you, and I agree: this was a painful experience.
It is hard to believe a performance artist would risk being tased (tazed?) as part of his show.
Thank you TTT.
The one thing going for the performance art angle is how lithe the guy was, and how he did a backwards flip....
Still....too much pain and exposure.
And does anyone agree with me that this could not be Delaware and Mass? I am going to be Downtown tomorrow and look for those red awnings that have a bead on the Monument.
Crazy times, crazy city, crazy drugs. But one thing is f'sure: if it happens, somebody is gonna get video. We are all reporters now.

2012-07-24 19:08:54

hendy [Member] said:

Observers, yes. Reporters? No.

2012-07-24 20:12:05

farm girl [unverified] said:

I could not agree more, hendy!

2012-07-24 20:15:44

dud [Member] said:

Hendy, why not report on youtube video? Why not report on observations you didn't record? 130K people have now seen this video, so it's news but not sensational news. I assume most of the viewers are Hoosiers. Nobody knows what happened. Nobody knows if this guy is a performance artist or meth head. Someone probably went to school with this guy. It's not a sensational story ... but the only time I see anyone holdng a newspaper they're an older male with the sports section only on they way to the bathroom to take a crap. Purity be damned if nobody's reading.

2012-07-24 21:41:25

hendy [Member] said:

You confuse newspapers, reporters, "citizen journalists", and other terms that have become somewhat ambiguous thanks to misuse.

Newspapers have writers, reporters, journalists, and copyrighters. These are four distinct professions. You can call yourself a journalist, because there is scant legal definition, but if you do, you're legally bound to constraints imposed upon you.

There are all kinds of YouTube videos, some with millions of viewers. The people that posted them are civilians, but might be reporters, or subscribe to journalistic ethics. Perhaps not. YouTube only wants an account name, hopefully, your real name, but anyone can post. Posting doesn't make you a reporter, just like putting a bandaid on a blister doesn't make you a nurse.

You can read anything you want. You can write anything you want. The video in question went viral because of the word "naked", which along with phrases like "nip slip", sheer, and other keywords, entices the public because the public's mind is wired for sex. This doesn't make the poster a reporter, but might make them some money, might make them a pornographer for all I know.

Just because something gets pageviews means only that the keywords teased the search engines, and it went viral. It doesn't speak to quality, only views. Lots of people will look. I don't read newspapers anymore, except news online. If you're getting your news from stories of naked guys on YouTube, then your tastes are different than mine. For me, it's a who cares? sort of issue. Yeah, he probably has friends. I'm embarrassed for the fellow..... and for the fools that looked at him behaving badly. Performance art? Ever seen a tweaker gone bad before?

2012-07-24 21:56:53

hendy [Member] said:

An example of reporting ethics can be found at that describes a bit of the process that reporters and journalists deal with.

2012-07-25 07:51:30

Dave Powell [unverified] said:

The red awnings are, I'm pretty sure, at Henry's Coffee Bistro at Maryland and Meridian. The event looks like it took place between Washington and Maryland streets, along the sidewalk on the west side of Meridian.

2012-07-25 11:30:06

Dave Powell [unverified] said:

Oops. I was wrong (close, but wrong). Just went out and checked. The red awnings are actually those above the entrance to Carson Pirie Scott at Washington and Meridian streets. (The old LS Ayres store, for those who -- like me -- are old enough to recall...)

Looks like the guy shooting the video was right on the southwest corner of Washington/Meridian.

2012-07-25 11:41:29

Jason [unverified] said:

I think the location mentioned by the news was where he ended up being apprehended.

I don't think anybody thought that it could be performance art, at the time anyway. People high on wet strip naked sometimes, but with this weather who needs an excuse?

2012-07-26 23:02:57

ruthholl [Member] said:

Dave, thanks for clarifying that location.
So we know who, where, maybe what but not why.
Ad dud indicated, the mystery lives on. A million stories in the naked city...

2012-07-27 13:29:50

wdjdij [unverified] said:

It was later determined that he was taking magic mushrooms. The altercation begins at Washington and Meridian. This was not performance art, although that is his argument. He was high on drugs, almost caused a few traffic accidents, and then attacked a group of civilians.

2012-07-29 17:37:37

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