When the story about Florida LB Antonio Morrison being arrested for barking at a dog broke, I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one shaking my head in disbelief. But after watching the dashboard camera video of Morrison’s arrest, I can honest say that this seems to be yet another instance of the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office singling out a Florida football player.
Take a look at the video for yourself.
Here’s what Sheriff Sadie Darnell had to say about how her officers handle the 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.
While acknowledging that the arrest may have been heavy-handed, Darnell was careful to point out that the incident occurred next door to All Star Sports Bar on Southwest 13th Street. The bar and grill can stay open until 4 a.m. as long as it stops serving alcohol at 2 a.m. and has been the subject of more than 200 police calls and investigations for numerous violent crimes.
“Our deputies are caught in a lot of threatening situations and are having to make rational, very well-thought-out decisions in the context of chaos, and sometimes they don’t think them all the way through,” Darnell said.
It’s never a good sign when the Sheriff of the police department has to publicly state that a warning was more appropriate for this situation. I wonder if Muschamp is thinking he acted a bit too quickly in suspending Morrison now.