I certainly hope I am wrong, but I think we might be looking at the next “incident” in police work coming to us soon from Florida. See this article and video for the details, but in summary, here is what happened:
A young girl was being arrested for stealing things. That is because stealing is wrong. Then she resisted lawful efforts to handcuff her. That is wrong, too. Then she bit the police officer. Still wrong. Eventually the police officer grew tired of all this malarkey and punched the suspect once, pepper sprayed and arrested her. That is allowed.
The cop did right, the suspect did wrong. So that’s the end of this post, right?
Not so fast.
You see, there is a problem in this video; one that is clear as day, but many of you might have missed it. In this video, the cop is white and the suspect is not. That will make this arrest an “issue.” It shouldn’t, but it will. Note the interview in the news video. She is concerned that the cop did not explain what he was doing, and that he did not read the girl her rights. What? Her rights? Should he have done that before or after the bite?
By the way, the police almost never have to advise you of your Miranda rights in a field arrest. See this article and learn why TV has it all wrong.
Anyhow, I hope this story goes nowhere. Sadly, I know better. I think this one will blow up, at least locally. They almost always do. Think Duke lacrosse rape case.
I wonder how many of the “community activists” that take up this young girl’s cause would be equally outraged if the suspect was white and the cop was black. I am guessing exactly zero.