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Man Arrested for Public Consumption of Iced Tea Urged to Take a “Deal” from Prosecutors
D.C. Clothesline ^ | 03-27-2014 | Kimberly Paxton

Posted on 03/27/2014 5:22:39 AM PDT by PaulCruz2016

So, it’s a warm day, and you’re 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 aren’t 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. It’s 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 Beatty’s 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 wouldn’t be the first prosecutor to “crack down” for a ridiculous reason in order to win fame and garner votes.)

Let’s 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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1 posted on 03/27/2014 5:22:40 AM PDT by PaulCruz2016
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To: PaulCruz2016

Any wonder why so many people are scofflaws. Laws should be rare, clear and enforced rigorously.


2 posted on 03/27/2014 5:26:52 AM PDT by DariusBane (Liberty and Risk. Flip sides of the same coin. So how much risk will YOU accept? Vive Deco et Vives)
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To: PaulCruz2016

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.


3 posted on 03/27/2014 5:29:49 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: PaulCruz2016

There are legit cases of arrested for being black; this looks like one of them.


4 posted on 03/27/2014 5:30:44 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: PaulCruz2016

He should take the deal and consider himself lucky that the SWAT team didn’t show up and shoot him. /s


5 posted on 03/27/2014 5:30:50 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: PaulCruz2016

He was not arrested, he was KIDNAPPED BY AN ARMED THUG, and the THUG belongs in Prison for LIFE.


6 posted on 03/27/2014 5:32:48 AM PDT by eyeamok
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To: PaulCruz2016

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.


7 posted on 03/27/2014 5:33:48 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: PaulCruz2016

Sounds like a good civil liberties suit. He should file and see if he can get 10k for it.


8 posted on 03/27/2014 5:35:13 AM PDT by fruser1
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To: HereInTheHeartland
There are legit cases of arrested for being black

I didn't realize there were legitimate reasons for being arrested for the color of your skin?

9 posted on 03/27/2014 5:35:30 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: PaulCruz2016

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

Ayn Rand.


10 posted on 03/27/2014 5:36:19 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --"I would agree with you BUT that would make both of us wrong".)
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To: PaulCruz2016

This is ridiculoud


11 posted on 03/27/2014 5:37:49 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: Yorlik803
The problem with the big money suit is, it isn't the officer's money! No sweat off his brow. He might be transferred (more likely promoted). While I am as outraged as you, you are basically saying, I hope the tax payers have to pay him a bunch of money.... It is a race: To disarm the People before they eventually wise up and and rise up against the ever more aggressive police state. Who will win will be determined by how much of our ability to defend ourselves is destroyed before we begin to react.
12 posted on 03/27/2014 5:39:26 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: DariusBane

Poorly written and ill-conceived laws become tools of oppression.


13 posted on 03/27/2014 5:39:42 AM PDT by Usagi_yo (Journalticion -- journalist + politician. Used to be called propagandist.)
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To: PaulCruz2016

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?


14 posted on 03/27/2014 5:39:44 AM PDT by BRL
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To: ArtDodger
Couldn't part of the settlement mean this badge wearing thug lose his job?
In a perfect world this cop would be arrest for assault under the badge of authority.
15 posted on 03/27/2014 5:41:58 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: GeronL
This is ridiculoud

I think you just invented a new word!

16 posted on 03/27/2014 5:42:55 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: RegulatorCountry

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.


17 posted on 03/27/2014 5:44:18 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: Yorlik803

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.


18 posted on 03/27/2014 5:45:25 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: PaulCruz2016
*yikes!*..the consequences of buying (HFCS) iced tea in NC..
*yuck!* really never drank the (wrenched/sickly sweet) stuff.
..sounds like the prep (LEO) needs some remedial ed. in cop school or
a blanket party by other ELOs..or he was trying to impress "a working girl."

19 posted on 03/27/2014 5:47:06 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Yorlik803

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.


20 posted on 03/27/2014 5:47:11 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Focault's Pendulum

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.


21 posted on 03/27/2014 5:47:37 AM PDT by mykroar (We fight, get beat, rise, and fight again. - Nathanael Greene)
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To: smokingfrog

“He should take the deal and consider himself lucky that the SWAT team didn’t show up and shoot him. /s”

Lucky he wasn’t walking his dog.


22 posted on 03/27/2014 5:47:58 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Marie

I think I got the gist of the situation at first reading, but thank you for highlighting the lack of identification again.


23 posted on 03/27/2014 5:48:32 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry

“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.”

I would say that’s a mighty big problem in and of itself.


24 posted on 03/27/2014 5:50:11 AM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: Focault's Pendulum

There are people who are unfairly arrested because of the color of their skin. This story would indicate that is possibly what happened here.


25 posted on 03/27/2014 5:50:14 AM PDT by HereInTheHeartland (Obama lied; our healthcare died.)
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To: Marie

The whole point of an under cover officer is that you don’t know he is a cop.


26 posted on 03/27/2014 5:50:35 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: mykroar
Pretty sure Heartland meant there are cases of a person being arrested for “just being black” as opposed to a real crime

I understood that. Thanks

But Heartland did use the word legit.

27 posted on 03/27/2014 5:51:26 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: The Antiyuppie

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


28 posted on 03/27/2014 5:51:39 AM PDT by Yorlik803 ( Church/Caboose in 2016)
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To: Focault's Pendulum; GeronL

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ridiculoud


29 posted on 03/27/2014 5:51:49 AM PDT by maggief
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To: HereInTheHeartland

You did use the word legit. If it was meant as sarcasm, I missed it.


30 posted on 03/27/2014 5:52:49 AM PDT by Focault's Pendulum (I live in NJ....' Nuff said!)
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To: RegulatorCountry
But, there comes a point when the “solution” is worse than the problem. They have reached that point.

: = = = = = = = = = = = = = =

(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.

31 posted on 03/27/2014 5:52:58 AM PDT by xrmusn (6/98 --"I would agree with you BUT that would make both of us wrong".)
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To: PaulCruz2016
  I drink something called 'Outrageous Ginger Ale.' It didn't occur to me that it looked like a beer bottle until someone at the store thought I was buying beer too early in the morning. To think I actually drank some in the car.

It's just a matter of time before I'm arrested for ginger ale...
by the way - it's great stuff

32 posted on 03/27/2014 5:52:59 AM PDT by Maurice Tift (Never wear anything that panics the cat. -- P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: Focault's Pendulum
"I didn't realize there were legitimate reasons for being arrested for the color of your skin?"

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 :-)

33 posted on 03/27/2014 5:54:02 AM PDT by Hatteras
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To: RegulatorCountry

” 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.”

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.


34 posted on 03/27/2014 5:56:02 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: PaulCruz2016

If he had skittles he’d be dead.


35 posted on 03/27/2014 5:56:13 AM PDT by longfellow (Bill Maher, the 21st hijacker.)
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To: PaulCruz2016

Kidnapping

Aggravated battery

$$$$


36 posted on 03/27/2014 5:57:48 AM PDT by gaijin
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To: Yorlik803

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.


37 posted on 03/27/2014 5:58:46 AM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: DariusBane
"Did you really think we want those laws observed?" said Dr. Ferris. "We want them to be broken.You'd better get it straight that it's not a bunch of boy scouts you're up against... We're after power and we mean it... There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals one makes them. 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. Now that's the system, Mr. Reardon, that's the game, and once you understand it, you'll be much easier to deal with.” ― Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged, 1957
it appears, we've reached that point..(think about it)

38 posted on 03/27/2014 6:00:30 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: Yorlik803
I am now at your post, scrolling down reading, but I fully expect some of the cops can do no wrong crowd saying how brave the cop was and the perp deserved what he got. I, myself, am still dazed that the cop did not shoot him. And I also know that by now the cop realizes his error and vows not to repeat it.

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.

39 posted on 03/27/2014 6:01:08 AM PDT by sport
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To: PaulCruz2016

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.


40 posted on 03/27/2014 6:01:32 AM PDT by BubbaJunebug
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To: Usagi_yo
Poorly written and ill-conceived laws become tools of oppression.

You just described Obamacare.

41 posted on 03/27/2014 6:02:11 AM PDT by Night Hides Not (For every Ted Cruz we send to DC, I can endure 2-3 "unviable" candidates that beat incumbents.)
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To: eyeamok

We know that, but there is a large segment on this forum that worship said armed thugs and everything they do.


42 posted on 03/27/2014 6:03:00 AM PDT by sport
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To: PaulCruz2016

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pvr8SBu0dLg

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.


43 posted on 03/27/2014 6:04:28 AM PDT by tired&retired
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To: Alaska Wolf; null and void; bobby.223
Ping. No one describes these incidents as eloquently as you. bobby.
44 posted on 03/27/2014 6:05:21 AM PDT by sport
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To: LevinFan
The whole point of an under cover officer is that you don’t know he is a cop.

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.

45 posted on 03/27/2014 6:09:49 AM PDT by ChildOfThe60s ((If you can remember the 60s.....you weren't really there)
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To: Yorlik803

Law enforcement arrogance again.
I’m surprised the “cop” didn’t shoot him.


46 posted on 03/27/2014 6:11:01 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Rip it out by the roots.)
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To: Usagi_yo
Poorly written and ill-conceived laws become tools of oppression.

Unfortunately, it's not an accident

47 posted on 03/27/2014 6:11:24 AM PDT by RatRipper (The political left are utterly evil and corrupt)
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To: PaulCruz2016

Just wow. Another peasant made to “assume the position” at the feet of the Owners’ gunthugs...


48 posted on 03/27/2014 6:11:52 AM PDT by kiryandil (turning Americans into felons, one obnoxious drunk at a time (Zero Tolerance!!!))
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To: LevinFan

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.


49 posted on 03/27/2014 6:12:23 AM PDT by Marie (When are they going to take back Obama's peace prize?)
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To: Maurice Tift
please, remind me NOT to drink A&W Root Beer in NC..
(brown plas. bot. like an beer)/*ACODPWB, no doubt.
JJ/AS, Are just waiting for this paycheck/meal ticket..

*a case of drinking peacefully while black.


50 posted on 03/27/2014 6:13:44 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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