I sort of suspect - like the good historian I am - that the truth lies somewhere in between these two original accounts! (Thanks for sharing 'em both, Tom!)
Still, I think it would make a great episode of "Cops", don't you?
Next time on "Cops," the valiant officers of the Atlanta PD take down Simon Schama, Jared Diamond and David McCullough for LOITERING!
("Bad boys, bad boys! Whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you?!")