Don't Tackle Former Florida Politicians
One of the thrills of being a police officer is the ability to catch those who flee justice, escape prosecution, or just basically live to be a pain in the ass to law enforcement. But with great power comes greater responsibility not to tackle those in their own home who don't deserve it.
Ex-Florida state representative Mark G. Flanagan wouldn't tell deputy Lee Harrington the whereabouts of his son, who Harrington thought saw a hit-and-run accident. Obstruction? Aw, probably not. Nevertheless, Harrington saw it within his rights to tackle the fella in his own home and slap a misdemeanor obstruction charge on him.
From the Sarasota Herald-Tribune:
[D]eputies are only supposed to enter homes with permission or in search of felony suspects.
Harrington was suspended for 120 days and demoted to a Farva-like position in the dispatch. Don't worry, Harrington. You'll get the next one. And hopefully the next one isn't a former politician.