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#1 Hum

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 15:21

SARASOTA, FL - A homeless man spent the night in a Sarasota County jail after a police officer accused him of stealing by charging his cell phone at a public park. :huh:

An arrest report says that a Sarasota police sergeant spotted 28-year-old Darren Kersey charging his phone Sunday evening in a public picnic shelter at Gillespie Park.

The sergeant told Kersey that the "theft of city utilities will not be tolerated during this bad economy" and then arrested him on a misdemeanor charge of theft of utilities.

Unable to pay the $500 bond, Kersey spent the night in jail. But the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Kersey was released Monday morning after a judge threw the case out, saying the sergeant lacked the legal justification to make the arrest. :)

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 18:51

This just goes to show that some cops think they are out there to enforce laws that don't even exist. People get arrested for doing things that are perfectly legal, but that the officer happens to personally dislike. Guy was in a public park and used an outlet there to charge his cell phone. The time and money that was spent arresting the guy and housing him for the night certainly far outweighed the few cents worth of electricity the man used. That being said, I'm sure the homeless guy appreciated getting to sleep on a bed that night instead of a park bench.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 19:28

haha, plugs at public picnic shelters are for the public to use, stupid cop, it's not like the guy broke open a lamppost plug cover and did it like that.

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 19:29

With a charged up cell phone, maybe he got a call about a job. :shifty:

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 19:32

so are they going to arrest all those musicians that just plug their amp into a park outlet and play away too?... don't know how many times I've seen stuff like that

This just goes to show that some cops think they are out there to enforce laws that don't even exist. People get arrested for doing things that are perfectly legal, but that the officer happens to personally dislike. Guy was in a public park and used an outlet there to charge his cell phone. The time and money that was spent arresting the guy and housing him for the night certainly far outweighed the few cents worth of electricity the man used. That being said, I'm sure the homeless guy appreciated getting to sleep on a bed that night instead of a park bench.


we had a lady here that was arrested for "theft of services" when she threw away a bag of food left over from the restaurant she was at in a trash can outside the place on the city sidewalk..... why even put the trash can there if you can't use it? they claimed she should of thrown the food away inside the restaurant.... good grief...

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 19:34

Kersey was released Monday morning after a judge threw the case out, saying the sergeant lacked the legal justification to make the arrest

Can't he sue? (with a government appointed lawyer)

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 19:37

Can't he sue? (with a government appointed lawyer)


you can sue for anything, doesn't mean you will get anywhere though

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Posted 14 November 2012 - 19:38

you can sue for anything, doesn't mean you will get anywhere though

This looks like a case

"emotional disfunction for being thrown behind bars"

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 00:51

People are crazy but it looks like these days cops are even crazier.

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 00:56

The homeless dude got to spend the night indoors and had a free meal. (Y)

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 01:00

This just goes to show that some cops think they are out there to enforce laws that don't even exist. People get arrested for doing things that are perfectly legal, but that the officer happens to personally dislike. Guy was in a public park and used an outlet there to charge his cell phone. The time and money that was spent arresting the guy and housing him for the night certainly far outweighed the few cents worth of electricity the man used. That being said, I'm sure the homeless guy appreciated getting to sleep on a bed that night instead of a park bench.


Exactly.

That and this part:

[...]
The sergeant told Kersey that the "theft of city utilities will not be tolerated during this bad economy" [emphasis mine] and then arrested him on a misdemeanor charge of theft of utilities.
[...]


That's rich telling that to a homeless man. :laugh:

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Posted 15 November 2012 - 20:52

The homeless dude got to spend the night indoors and had a free meal. (Y)

That is what i was thinking



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