| blaquefoxx wrote:|
That awkward moment when you get handcuffed and dragged to the ground by someone who ain't a cop....
Noticed how he let the real officer search the victim because he knew he wasn't allowed to (since he's just security guard and all). Then how he nonchalantly struts right back to the store like nothing happened.
Whelp, my opinion steeeeel stands
man is a cop. I just searched for news articles on the story and sure
enough, he is indeed an undercover cop and not a security guard.http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=9088945http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2013/05/03/1254450?sac=fo.homeViral video of man's arrest outside Fayetteville liquor store stirs controversy
A video of a man arrested outside a Fayetteville liquor store on
Saturday received more than 364,000 views on Youtube in three days,
generated buzz in Cumberland County law enforcement circles and produced
outraged comments from thousands of people who think the police officer
violated the man's civil rights.
Lawyers who practice criminal and civil rights law said it's not
clear from the arrest video or a second related video (which shows the
man being put into a police car), whether the officer was right or
wrong. They said they needed more information about the circumstances
that could have been left out of the videos, such as whether there had
been problems or complaints of people illegally drinking alcoholic
beverages in the parking lot.
The video is named "Getting Locked Up For Drinking a Half & Half
Arizona Ice Tea." Its producer says 27-year-old Christopher Lamont
Beatty of Fort Bragg was wrongly arrested.
Beatty is charged with resisting a public officer and second-degree
trespassing. Free on $1,000 bail, he is next scheduled to appear in
court June 6.
Although he has a Fort Bragg address, Beatty is listed in court
records as an unemployed civilian. He deferred to comment to The
Fayetteville Observer on Thursday afternoon until Thursday evening, but
then could not be reached by phone.
"This is just a classic case of a cop taking advantage of his power
and arresting a another black man for not doing things the way HE wanted
him to do them," says the description of the video.
Beatty is black. The officer who arrested him, Rick Libero of
Cumberland County Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Enforcement, is white.
The incident was in the parking lot of a Cumberland County ABC store
on Morganton Road, across from Cross Creek Mall. Libero's agency handles
law enforcement for the county ABC Board.
The first video can be seen at youtu.be/pbzUH90Sm0E and the second one at youtu.be/IXlnZbwfhXk.
At the start of the first video, Beatty, who also goes by the
nicknames "LifestyleXstravagant" or "Xstrav," stands by a large sedan.
He talks with the videographer and drinks from an Arizona-brand iced tea
can. He says he has been shooting a music video and is drinking Arizona
iced tea while he waits for someone else to arrive.
Off screen, another man says, "Excuse me, sir, what are you drinking there?"
"I've got a tea; what's wrong with you?" Beatty says as the other man, Libero, comes into view.
Libero is not in a police uniform. Later in the video, he briefly
displays his badge on his belt. It had been hidden by the tail of his
Beatty holds the can up for Libero to see but pulls it back when Libero tries to take it.
"You got alcohol in there?" Libero says as Beatty pulls it away.
Beatty points at the ingredients label. Sweet tea and pink lemonade, he says. But he refuses to let Libero hold the can.
"Who is you?" Beatty asks.
"Police," Libero says.
Beatty and the videographer argue with Libero, and Libero soon orders Beatty to go.
"Leave the property. Leave the property. You've got five seconds to
leave," Libero said, or he'd put Beatty in jail. Libero steps back from
"For what?" Beatty says.
"What's the crime?" asks the videographer.
"Trespassing. Leave the property," Libero says.
Libero, Beatty and the videographer continue to argue. Then, a fourth
man walks through the scene and makes several rambling statements to
the camera. He walks away.
This fourth person is described in the video's description as smelling of liquor.
Libero moves to arrest Beatty. Beatty raises his arms into the air
over his head and refuses Libero's commands to put his hands on the car
or put his hands down so he can be handcuffed.
Libero eventually grabs Beatty from behind and takes him down to the
pavement. Neither man appears injured. Beatty continues to argue and
keep his arms stiff as Libero tries to pull his hands back to cuff his
Once Libero has Beatty handcuffed, he orders the videographer off the
property. The videographer, still recording, argues but walks away and
gets into a car. The video next shows him exiting the car from a
neighboring parking lot to continue shooting Beatty's arrest.
A second video shows a Fayetteville police officer drive up and
collect Beatty. The officer took Beatty to the county jail for Libero, a
Fayetteville Police Department spokesman said, and the city police had
no other involvement.
In the second video, Libero points at the videographer and tells the
Fayetteville officer, "He's got a video showing exactly what happened."
A statement from ABC Law Enforcement Chief Bill Belvin said that
despite Beatty's assertion that he was drinking a non-alcoholic
beverage, "the officer still had suspicions based on previous
experience, and asked to examine the can more closely to determine if
alcohol was present."
In court records, Libero says "the way Mr. Beatty carried the
beverage appeared suspicious, so I walked toward Mr. Beatty to inquire
about the same.'' He said he wanted to take the can so he could smell
what was inside.
Comments on video
Online viewers argued intensely on Youtube and on the Reddit news
sharing site about whether Beatty's civil rights were violated. Most
appeared to side with Beatty, and some urged the public to contact
Libero's office to complain.
"He got arrested for a DITWB. Drinking ice tea while black," said a Reddit commentator.
"I have no problem with this video at all, the cop arrested this
wannabe gangster loitering in a carpark looking like trouble," said
another on Youtube. "If he had of been polite and given the cop the
drink to show straight away there would be no issue, the cop would of
either confiscated it or given it back to him."
Lawyers David Courie of Fayetteville and Raul Pinto of the American
Civil Liberties Union office in Raleigh said they would need to know
more about the circumstances before they could say whether Libero had a
valid reason to stop and arrest Beatty.
Courie noted the seemingly drunk man who walked through in the middle
of the encounter. The store may have a problem with drunk people in its
parking lot, he said.
On the other hand, Courie said, in the video, Beatty doesn't stumble,
have glassy eyes or show other signs of intoxication, and Libero's
statement in the court record makes no allegation that Beatty had any
signs that he had been drinking.
Pinto said the Constitution's Fourth Amendment protections against unjustified search and seizure apply in this case.
An officer has to have a reasonable suspicion that a crime occurred
to ask someone to identify himself, Pinto said. From there, it can
escalate to a search.
"It seemed like it was a search," Pinto said. But he noted that the
video appears to have been edited, and he doesn't know what key
information was left out.
"Without all of the facts as to what could have happened prior to the
encounter, that those facts could arise to probable cause, we just
don't know enough to make that determination," Pinto said. "These
inquiries are very fact specific."