July 2, 2013
Last Wednesday New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was charged with murder for “orchestrating the execution” of Odin Lloyd, a semi-pro football player who Hernandez had known for about a year. I didn’t pay the story much attention—until I saw footage of Hernandez being arrested.
Let me paint the scene for you: It’s broad daylight out. A group of six Massachusetts State Police officers in suits and ties approach Hernandez’s North Attleborough mansion from the front. Three of them walk up the steps of his porch, and—with their guns holstered—knock on the door. After roughly 50 seconds of knocking and doorbell-ringing, a shirtless Hernandez opens the door and lets six suited staties, plus a cop in uniform, come inside. As one officer starts to cuff Hernandez right there in the foyer, another officer closes the door, presumably to provide Hernandez with some privacy. A few seconds later, Hernandez—now with a tee-shirt pulled over his handcuffed arms and torso—is led outside to a cop car, where officers gently lower him into the back seat and put on his seatbelt.
Don’t believe me? Watch the arrest below:
No battering ram. No flashbangs. No paramilitary gear. I was shocked.