Skip to comments.Man Arrested for Public Consumption of Iced Tea Urged to Take a “Deal” from Prosecutors
Posted on 03/27/2014 5:22:39 AM PDT by PaulCruz2016
So, its a warm day, and youre standing in a parking lot, drinking a refreshing can of iced tea.
Suddenly, a random dude walks up and demands your beverage. You show him that it is in fact iced tea and that you arent publicly intoxicated. He tells you to give him the can and you say no, figuring this stranger can get his own iced tea.
This is exactly what happened to rapper Christopher Xstrav Beatty, who was handcuffed and arrested by Officer Rick Libero of the Cumberland County Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Enforcement for drinking a can of Arizona iced tea in the parking lot of a liquor store in Fayetteville, North Carolina last April. Luckily for Beatty, a friend was right there, capturing the arrested on his camera. Its also important to note that Officer Libero did NOT immediately identify himself as a police officer.
One would think that with the entire debacle on video that Beattys plight would have ended shortly after this incident. One would be incorrect. Beatty was charged with trespassing and resisting arrest, and is being offered a deal by prosecutors. (Is it an election year? This wouldnt be the first prosecutor to crack down for a ridiculous reason in order to win fame and garner votes.)
Lets be sure we are 100% clear on this.
THEY WANT A MAN WHO IS GUILTY OF DRINKING ICED TEA AND NOT GOING AWAY AT THE ORDER OF AN (AT THE TIME) UNIDENTIFIED MAN TO TAKE A PLEA BARGAIN.
According to a court document, the deal would punish Beatty with probation and community service on misdemeanor allegations that he was trespassing and resisted a public officer.
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Any wonder why so many people are scofflaws. Laws should be rare, clear and enforced rigorously.
Freakin amazing. Arresting a man for drinking Ice Tea in public. Throwing him to the ground and handcuffing him for doing nothing wrong.
I hope this man has a team of lawyers and takes them for everything including the Toilet paper in the restrooms.
There are legit cases of arrested for being black; this looks like one of them.
He should take the deal and consider himself lucky that the SWAT team didn’t show up and shoot him. /s
He was not arrested, he was KIDNAPPED BY AN ARMED THUG, and the THUG belongs in Prison for LIFE.
No doubt there is a problem in Fayetteville with public intoxication, and no doubt they’re attempting to disguise it by mixing drinks in iced tea cans. But, there comes a point when the “solution” is worse than the problem. They have reached that point.
Sounds like a good civil liberties suit. He should file and see if he can get 10k for it.
I didn't realize there were legitimate reasons for being arrested for the color of your skin?
One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kind of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced or objectively interpreted and you create a nation of law-breakers and then you cash in on guilt
This is ridiculoud
Poorly written and ill-conceived laws become tools of oppression.
The one thing I dont get about this story is the trespassing charge. If itmwas public lot how could that be a charge? Is something missing here?
I think you just invented a new word!
The main point here is that the man was not in uniform and didn’t identify himself as a police officer. If a random dude walks up to you, accuses you of drinking, then demands to peek in your can, you’d probably tell him to go take a hike as well.
Part of the problem is, he wasn’t wearing a badge and didn’t identify himself as a police officer when he approached the individual and demanding his can of iced tea.
This is definitely a case of EWB (Existing While Black).
Doesn’t it say somewhere in the Constitution something about the right to pursue happiness, like having a refreshing drink, for example? Didn’t the Supreme Court say something about the “right to be left alone”?
Why don’t Sharpton and Jackson go nuts on cases like this? I’d actually SUPPORT them if they did.
As far as I’m concerned, this is not just a crime against just the tea-drinker.
Pretty sure Heartland meant there are cases of a person being arrested for “just being black” as opposed to a real crime - and this is one example.
“He should take the deal and consider himself lucky that the SWAT team didnt show up and shoot him. /s”
Lucky he wasn’t walking his dog.
I think I got the gist of the situation at first reading, but thank you for highlighting the lack of identification again.
“Part of the problem is, he wasnt wearing a badge and didnt identify himself as a police officer when he approached the individual and demanding his can of iced tea.”
I would say that’s a mighty big problem in and of itself.
There are people who are unfairly arrested because of the color of their skin. This story would indicate that is possibly what happened here.
The whole point of an under cover officer is that you don’t know he is a cop.
I understood that. Thanks
But Heartland did use the word legit.
Its a crime against everyone. The US is a police state now where even the slightest thing can end up with a person handcuffed and beat down.
Time to reign in these goons
You did use the word legit. If it was meant as sarcasm, I missed it.
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(Police) Major Colvin "The Wire"
(After he proposed Drug Usage Zones in Baltimore)
The brown bag was a great moment in civic compromise. Some nameless smokehound put his bottle of booze in a brown bag and the police left him alone. The consumption of alcohol in public places is illegal, and enforcing the law was an incredible drain on police resources.
He said there are legitimate cases of arrested for being black. Not legitimate cases for arrested for being black.
In other words, in some cases, there are legitimate complaints that a law-abiding citizen was targeted by the police solely for the color of their skin. This appears to be one of them.
My apologies for butting in, just thought I'd help :-)
” No doubt there is a problem in
Fayetteville with public intoxication, and
no doubt theyre attempting to disguise it
by mixing drinks in iced tea cans.”
There is plenty of doubt, until someone show it is actually a significant issue.
” But, there comes a point when the solution
is worse than the problem.”
Which is the big issue. Laws aren’t ends to themselves. Laws serve the public, not themselves.
If he had skittles he’d be dead.
In Nazi Germany, the badge meant one was correct in ALL situations, up to and including pulling out a luger and shooting another in the head for no particular reason. In the Iced Tea episode, if this had escalated to fisticuffs or something more deadly and it wasn’t discovered until after the incident that the offender was an officer, the officer would immediately be granted the benefit of the doubt. From that point on, the wronged man would be fighting for his life.
The next individual he sees drinking iced tea, out comes his gun and bang, bang, bang. "It looked like he/she was holding a gun and I was in fear of my life", will be his/her story.
I had a similar thing happen to me in that frickin state.
Pulled over by not one but 2 N.C. state patrolmen..yanked out of my car demanding that I hand over the beer I was drinking...what they found was a coke which I had been drinking.
One officer had me face down on the ground the other proceeded to empty my luggage and dumped it all over the ground looking for the “beer”
Not finding what they were looking for, they just up and left...no sorry, no let me help you reload your car.
Me...at the time..White, 58, a bit overweight, drive a Cadillac.
You just described Obamacare.
We know that, but there is a large segment on this forum that worship said armed thugs and everything they do.
This is the same prosecutor who has held Joshua Eisenhauer in prison for over two years without a trial and with no treatment for his severe PTSD after a PTSD flashback where police shot him 4 times while in his home alone after smashing down his door in the middle of the night while he was asleep.
The same police officer who shot Staff Sgt. Eisenhauer shot and killed another Staff Sgt. in the Warrior Transition Unit at Ft Bragg shortly after shooting Joshua.
Not at the point where the under cover cop decides to start exercising his power as a cop. At that point he must identify himself as a cop. Otherwise any old jackass could come up to you and threaten you.
Law enforcement arrogance again.
I’m surprised the “cop” didn’t shoot him.
Unfortunately, it's not an accident
Just wow. Another peasant made to “assume the position” at the feet of the Owners’ gunthugs...
Once he approaches you and begins to make demands, he’d better identify himself. The whole point of the ‘resisting’ charge is that a person is resisting authority. If they don’t know they’re dealing with an authority figure, how can their behavior be considered wrong?
If I’m outside smoking a cigarette and a random person comes up to me and accuses me of smoking weed in public, then demands to examine the cigarette, I’d tell them to go to hell. If a *cop* does the same thing, I’d allow him to examine the cigarette.
*a case of drinking peacefully while black.
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