posted on Jan, 8 2012 @ 11:39 AM
Florida should change its slogan from "The Sunshine State" to "The Police State". I grew up in central florida and lived there most of my 38 years
and I can honestly say that florida in general has a police state mentality and if an officer does wrong in Florida they are very rarely held
accountable for their actions.
I now live in North Dakota and the diference between the 2 states is unbelievable. I have had several instances in Florida where cops have overstepped
their boundaries and when I brought it to the attention of their superiors I was told that the officers did nothing wrong.
An example of one of the instances was about 6 years ago. It was a Sunday and I had been working in my yard all day mowing and trimming hedges. There
had been several cops driving through my nieghborhood most of the day and I later found out that they were looking for a man in the nieghborhood that
had assaulted his wife that morning. This man shared the same first name as me and drove the same color truck that I did, that was the only similarity
between the 2 of us. The suspect had very long black hair and weighed about 250lbs and was about 6'3", I being in the military had a military cut
and wieghed about 200lbs and am 5'10".
Well later in the afternoon the cops were still looking for the suspect and I was still outside working and had my young 3 yo son in the yard with me
and my wife. Suddenly an officer came flying down my road and skidded into my yard and onto my grass. He jumped out of the car and demanded that I
approach him slowly to which I replied "why?". He then began shouting at me and told my wife that everything would be fine and not to be afraid, my
wife stated that everything was already okay.
The officer asked me if I had my ID on me and I told him it was in my house. He then told me that it was against the law to not have ID on your person
and for me to lie down face first on the ground and that he knew I was the suspect they were looking for. My wife said that I was not and that the cop
had better leave at which point the cop started screaming at my wife to "shut up". Now I started to get pissed and told the cop he was making a
mistake, as did several of my nieghbors. I told him that I would get my ID and prove I was not the suspect.
At that time he pepper sprayed me and I began to resist so he tazed me, right there in front of my wife, son, and nieghbors. While he was handcuffing
me I told the officer that when I got free from the cuffs there would be hell to pay for his actions and that he had the wrong guy. That is when the
cop kicked me in the face and my wife and nieghbors started yelling at the cop. My wife went inside to get my military ID and the officer takled her
to the ground and arrested her as well.
So eventually the officers Sgt arrived and told the officer that they had just apprehended the suspect at his house and that he had arrested the wrong
person. So the Sgt let me out of cuffs, along with my wife and told me that he was "sorry for the mix up". I told the Sgt that if the officer ever
so much as set foot on my property again I would personally see to it that he would end up in a trauma unit, which I admit that I shouldn't have said
but i was extremely pissed off. The Sgt then arrested me again for threat on a law enforcement officer.
Eventually my charges were dropped because the judge in the case was made aware of the events that lead up to the arrest and my threat as well as the
fact that I was home on leave and was a recipient of the Navy Distinquished Service Medal and a Purple Heart for my service in Afghanistan. The judge
also stated that they officer had acted in a negligent manner and did not show proper probable cause to approach me on my private property.
Even with all of this, the Sheriff's Office found in their I.A. investigation that the officer had done nothing wrong and that I was the one that
acted in a manner which warranted the officers conduct. The Sheriff himself told me that I was lucky that the Deputy hadn't shot me for resisting
arrest with violence.
I have found that at least in Florida there is no such thing as a standing Bill of Rights and that the 14th amendment equal protection clause of our
constitution does not apply. You are guilty until proven innocent and the police have no comprehension that they are there to serve and "protect"
the individual citizens.