G. McConway
November 11, 2022

Police Arrest Legally Blind Man After Mistaking Walking Cane for Firearm

If you are a police officer and reading this article, please do not be these cops.

An officer stopped a man walking down the street in Florida for what she thought was a firearm.

When she asked the man what it was, he took it out and showed her it was a walking stick, as the man was legally blind.

What happened next was an utter disgrace.

Why Are You Arresting Me?

Now, I won’t say the man did not have a bit of an attitude, but it is perfectly understandable after being stopped for no reason at all.

The fact the officer added to the testy situation did nobody a favor.

For instance, when James Hodges, 61, asked her if she was a tyrant, she responded, “Yeah, I am, actually.”

She could have laughed it off and de-escalated the situation, but that was not her approach.

Hodges was a bit cranky, but he was hardly unruly and he was hardly physically resisting the officers, and he did show them the walking stick almost immediately.

So, for the crime of having a less than stellar attitude, this is what went down…

When the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office was asked to comment on the video, it released the following statement:

“Sheriff Hunter is troubled by what he has seen in the video and the matter is being addressed

“An administrative investigation was initiated on November 3, 2022 when the incident was brought to our attention.

“If policy violations are sustained at the conclusion of that investigation, appropriate action will be taken.”

I am not even sure where I stand on discipline.

Should these officers lose their salary over this? Probably not, but it surely is a teaching moment on de-escalation.

The fact the second officer added to the tension, well, if he is a supervisor, perhaps he is the one that should spend a couple of a days on his couch.

They have to be better than this, especially with so much attention on our men and women in blue these days.

Source: New York Post

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