A can of tea can apparently land you in the can
May 2, 2013
A recent YouTube video captured an overzealous security guard accusing a 24-year-old man of drinking alcohol in the parking lot of a liquor store, and then subsequently arresting him. The kicker, of course, was that the 24-year-old was only drinking Arizona brand Half and Half Iced Tea.
Warning, video contains strong language
As rapper Xstrav (Xstravagant), AKA Christopher Beatty, and his friend Tony Brown waited for their friend in the parking lot of the Cumberland County ABC Liquor Store in Fayetteville, North Carolina, an alleged plainclothes officer walked up to them demanding to know what Beatty was drinking.
Naturally, Beatty was taken aback by the seemingly normal man approaching him and asking to inspect his drink. He held the can at arm’s length, allowing the man, who merely identified himself as “police” verbally, to read the label, but refused to allow the strange man to hold (or sip) the drink.
The man, professing to be a police officer, next asks Beatty to leave the property for trespassing, even though Beatty explained he was there in the parking lot waiting to make a future purchase.
The video clearly shows the supposed undercover officer did not immediately identify himself as a policeman before he began questioning Beatty, and only quickly flashes what may be a badge three seconds before he demands the man put his hands on the trunk of his own car.
Without reading him his rights or divulging the charge for which he was making the arrest, the security guard begins handcuffing Beatty in the parking lot, while another seemingly drunk man wanders around the parking lot violating the well-known law of public intoxication.
According to LatinRapper, YouTube and Reddit users began suspecting the encounter was staged, but a second YouTube upload leaves little doubt that the incident is authentic.
A quick check on the North Carolina Court System website also shows Beatty was charged with trespassing and resisting a public officer.
Hopefully, thanks to his friend filming the event, Beatty will have the evidence he needs to have his charges dismissed as the officer, if it turns out he actually is one, clearly had no initial probable cause to begin harassing him.
UPDATE: Infowars contacted the Fayetteville Police Department. We were informed that the security officer who made the arrest was affiliated with the NC Department of Public Safety’s Alcohol Law Enforcement division. According to a NC Department of Public Safety Communications Officer, however, the person who made the arrest worked with the Cumberland County Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
Alex Jones, David Knight and John Bowne talked to Tino Brown, the person who filmed the event, on the Alex Jones Show, May 3.
David Knight also interviewed Tino Brown, the person who filmed the arrest, and rapper Xtravagant, the person who got arrested, on the Infowars Nightly News 5/03/13.