The standoff between Baltimore police and Baltimore Blogger ‘James MacArthur‘ played out in real time on Twitter, Dec. 1, in what was called, “153 minutes, 50 seconds of absolute online greatness.”

Nobody thought it strange to see a tweet from local activist and blogger A.F. James McArthur, known on Twitter and Facebook as Baltimore Spectator, because he uses social media to monitor Baltimore and spread awareness of the city’s issue. He’s often spoken of the ongoing conflict between himself and the Baltimore Police Department. But no one was prepared for the conversation that held hundreds of local and national tweeters spellbound.

The conversation chronicled the ongoing standoff and negotiation between McArthur and what he described as a police SWAT team, which ended with his surrender to authorities.

He sent the same tweet to an unwieldy list including Sen. John McCain, Kevin Spacey, Reuters, New York Times and Maryland Non-Profits Association: “Freedom’s under fire, but for many, [by the] time mainstream media warns it’ll be too late.”

He then tweeted the question, “Who out there truly believes the reason I’m being pursued is because I simply missed a court date? One for which there was no notification.”

Check out the video below: