For all those people who were convinced there was "more to the story" supporting the arrest of Florida LB Antonio Morrison for barking at a police dog...it looks like there wasn't.
OT: Charges dropped against Florida LB Morrison in barking incident
You're barking up the wrong tree...
WTF was that thing flying over your head?
I want that comment taken back, miscellaneous poster.
what the ratio of "good" cop to "power thirsty law enforcement officer" is in this country. I mean is it 10:1, 100:1, 1000:1? Do only the "power thirsty law enforcment officers" get media play in this country because msm likes to report negative stories?
Don't vindicate the Feds so quickly...
150 faultless shootings. That's 100%. Either they are that good, or maybe they've got better cover.
And this is coming from maybe the least likely person ever to push any sort of anti-gov't conspiracy.
Wasn't trying to refute your point in its entirety. Just injecting some relevant facts into the discussion. Consider that this is a report on shootings, not any and all potential transgressions, though.
I think it depends on how you define "good". In my experience* the vast majority of cops aren't heroic types or total assholes. They're just guys/gals punching a clock for a check... Some might not consider that such a great thing considering the responsibilities of the job.
Sadly, it would seem to me that the adrenaline junkies or those on a power trip are at least equal (being generous) in numbers to the truly heroic and altruistic LEOs.
*Growing up in some rough neighborhoods (aggressively policed) as well as having some cops in the family.
"Good cop" or "bad cop," the officer should have brought his K-9 scoop and an extra bag for this arrest.
If I were a cop, it'd be really frustrating when someone is needlessly disrespectful, which one probably faces a lot, and Morrison certainly was being. Arrest-worthy? No. But barking at the police dog when the guy's trying to deal with a disturbance? ..The joys of government work...
I just try to hold off jumping to abuse of power accusations when sometimes it's poor judgment call. There are certainly power-hungry cops, no doubt.
to inflict your will upon others, you need to learn to deal with people who don't respect you.
when your job puts you in a position of power, a central responsibility is being able to put up with bullshit and not overreact. If someone is needlessly disrespectful to me, I don't really have the formal authority to do anything about it. It's not chill to arrest people out of spite.
But, a counterpoint. If a teacher feels disrespected or that someone is getting in the way of the class, he/she may tell the student to step outside, quiet down, etc. Then, if the student refuses, it becomes an insubordination issue. The teacher gets upset and writes the kid up for disrupting the class and disrespect.
From the reports yesterday, Hyde barked at the dog, the officer got annoyed and asked Hydr to step to the front of the car, Hyde resisted non-confrontationaly, all the while the cop is getting more pissed bc his police business is being disrupted/interfered with. Now it's insubordination/interference during a police action, like in the class above.
Was the cop wrong? Clearly, as decided by the state's attorney. But as someone who isn't a cop but often finds himself in similar situations, it's somewhat possible this bad call was rationalized as such rather than out of spite.
With a name like Hyde, he's bound to be accused of something somebody else did.
that he didn't growl at the dog.
All bark, no bite.
the dog didn't show up, ate to many donuts and had a ruff morning.
Rolled over and played dead when they tried to wake him up.
Must not have been an Urban recruit, amirite?
Some intriguing tidbits exist in the GatorSports article surrounding something Alachua County sheriff Sadie Darnell said about why this likely shouldn't have resulted in an arrest:
"During an interview Monday afternoon, Darnell told The Sun that she believed the deputy was technically correct that Morrison could be charged under the law that prohibits taunting police animals, but she stated that, given the obscure nature of the law and the fact that Morrison was probably unaware of it, a warning would have been more appropriate."
The article also has the dashboard cam view of the arrest, if anyone is interested.
"Barking at a police dog" is the stupidest thing I can think of. You've had too many. You see a dog. "Hey, man! Look at that dog! Woof, Woof, dog! Woof! Oh cool. He barked back at me." This is not an arrestable offense. Then there was the resisting arrest, but I swear, that gets tagged on to every single arrest I've ever heard of.
"Excuse me, Officer, but why are you arresting me?"
"QUIT RESISTING, YOU!"