Prepare to be disgusted about cops in a whole new way. A police officer in Sarasota, Florida has been caught on video dehumanizing a homeless man at a jail, tossing peanuts at the man’s mouth and making him lay down and eat them off the floor, allegedly while giving him commands like a dog.
As he was being booked into the Sarasota County jail, an officer tossed peanuts into Randy Miller’s mouth as if feeding a dog or an animal at the zoo.
Miller, intoxicated and handcuffed, was unable to catch them with his mouth. Several fell to the ground.
Minutes later, Miller slumped out of his chair and began eating the peanuts off the booking room floor. Sarasota Police Officer Andrew Halpin, who had thrown the nuts at Miller’s mouth, kicked them with his boot toward Miller so he could better reach them on the floor.
A source familiar with Miller’s July 18 arrest says Halpin was giving the homeless man “dog commands” during the incident…
Police Chief Bernadette DiPino watched the booking video Monday morning, and suspended her officer immediately.
“Based on the actions in the video, I immediately initiated an internal investigation on Officer Halpin,” DiPino said. “I’m disappointed in what I observed in the video, and placed the officer on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the investigation.”…Michael Barfield, vice president of the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida, said he was shocked but not surprised by the incident involving the Halpin and the deputies.
“It’s this kind of egregious conduct that gets Sarasota labeled as the ‘Meanest City in the USA’ towards the homeless,” Barfield said. “Florida law allows for enhanced penalties when crimes are committed that show prejudice against the homeless. Instead of wrist-slapping officers, Chief DiPino and the State Attorney’s Office need to send a message that this conduct won’t be tolerated.”
Why is an investigation needed? It’s on video. This police officer is a sadistic bully who should be fired and blacklisted from ever working in law enforcement again. And all the other officers who stood by and watched him should be fired too.