Finally, a news story with a positive ending.
Too many times lately, we only see the videos of interactions between local police officers and black Americans, which goes bad at some point.
Stories of Eric Garner, Rashard Brooks, Goerge Floyd, and Jacob Blake Jr., all accused of various crimes, and all who resisted arrest leading to either death or critical injuries.
Following the publishing of their videos, riots raged in cities targeted by BLM and ANTIFA, resulting in millions of dollars in damage, more deaths, and injuries, and lost hope for business owners who lost everything.
Here is how things go when the police are respectful, the person detained did not just commit a crime or tries to run because of a previous crime on record.
A Black man detained by Florida deputies while out on a jog has been offered a job with the sheriff’s office.
Former military policeman Joseph Griffin already has a job as a registered nurse, but Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood said he’ll be joining them anyway for a day of implicit bias training.
Griffin was out for a jog last week when deputies stopped him for fitting the description of a burglary suspect they were searching for. The deputies said they were looking for a black male with a white tank top, dark shorts, and a beard — which Griffin matched.
Griffin pulled out his phone and began live streaming on Facebook.
“Just bear with me, because you fit the description,” a deputy is heard saying on the video. “I’m not saying you’re guilty, [but] my sergeant’s telling me to detain you.”
Griffin pulled out his phone and began live-streaming on Facebook.
Today, while jogging in my neighborhood; I “fit the description”… “watch full video—> https://youtu.be/-YJz5E0aJAg @nursej504
Posted by Joseph Griffin on Thursday, August 27, 2020
“Again, buddy, you’re not under arrest,” the deputy says.
Later another deputy brings the witness to the scene and he’s not a match, a deputy says. Griffin is then released from the handcuffs. “Wrong place, wrong time,” he says into his phone, again with a laugh.
The deputies then expressed their gratitude to Griffin that he remained calm, and apologized for the inconvenience.
Volusia County Sheriff Chitwood applauded both sides. “These deputies did an outstanding job given the limited information they had about a call in progress,” he said. “Likewise, Mr. Griffin was calm and cooperative even though he had reason to be frustrated with the inconvenience.”
“Mr. Griffin is a military veteran and a medical professional, and I told him we’d train and hire him as a deputy in a second if he ever wants a new job,” he said. “Everyone involved in this deserves recognition for a job well done.”
“Witness descriptions are never perfect, and these deputies did an outstanding job given the limited information they had about a call in progress. And they arrested the suspect actually responsible for the burglary,” Chitwood wrote in a Facebook post.
Today, The West Volusia Beacon published a story with this headline: 'I fit a description': Deltona man detained while joggingI don't know about you, but to me, the implication in the tone of this article is that our deputies did something wrong here.So I want to take a moment to stand up and recognize the great work of every deputy involved in this call. Not only were they respectful to Mr. Griffin – they held his phone for him so he could stay on video on Facebook Live. There's about 18 minutes of video here if you want to see it.Witness descriptions are never perfect, and these deputies did an outstanding job given the limited information they had about a call in progress.AND they arrested the suspect actually responsible for the burglary.Likewise, Mr. Griffin was calm and cooperative even though he had reason to be frustrated with the inconvenience.To each and every deputy who was involved in this response, I am extremely proud of your hard work and dedication. This is exactly the kind of effort that has allowed us to cut down the crime rate in Deltona.To Mr. Griffin, I appreciate your cooperation with these deputies, and I'd like to invite you on a ride-along sometime in the future.To some of the harsher critics who have been second-guessing and criticizing these deputies on social media, I think you need to put yourselves in these deputies' shoes. I don't think just anyone can fill them.Great job, Deltona deputies. Stay safe and keep up the great work.Sheriff Chitwood
Posted by Mike Chitwood on Thursday, September 3, 2020
“I don’t want this to be a bashing of the sheriff’s office, I want it to be an enlightening thing. Anybody can be profiled,” Griffin told the West Volusia Beacon.
“On the law-enforcement-compliance side, it’s a good example of how to handle yourself. If I wasn’t calm and respectful, it could have turned into something different,” he said. “There are multiple instances of the same thing that ends up with someone going to jail, getting a felony for assault, because they fight back.”
This is how it is done ladies and gentlemen, and I am glad it was recorded and available for the world to see.
Most police are serving their communities, and if allowed to do their job, things will go well almost 100 percent of the time.