Alabama Cops Arrested Man Watering His Neighbor’s Plants Because He Wouldn’t Give Them His Full Name
On May 22, Michael Jennings was watering his neighbor’s flowers. Minutes later, he had been arrested on obstruction charges, all because he refused to provide his full name to police officers. According to Al.com, Jennings, a pastor at a church in Sylacauga, Alabama, had agreed to water his neighbor’s plants while they were out of town. Sometime during the afternoon of May 22, one of Jennings’s neighbors called the police, citing concerns about a suspicious person and vehicle at a nearby house.
According to recently released body camera footage, Childersburg police approached the house and asked Jennings to identify himself. While Jennings told the officers his name was “Pastor Jennings,” he told them that he did not have to disclose his full name, saying “I’m not gonna give you no I.D., I ain’t did nothing wrong . . . I used to be a police officer.”
“Come on man, don’t do this to me. There’s a suspicious person in the yard, and if you’re not gonna identify yourself—” said an unnamed police officer, before being interrupted by Jennings, who said, “I don’t have to identify myself.”
As shown in the video, Jennings became frustrated with the officers. “Lock me up and see what happens, I want you to,” he told the officers, before walking away from them.
Jennings was then handcuffed by the officers. Shortly after he was handcuffed, one of Jennings’ neighbors approached the officers and identified herself as the woman who placed the original call to the police. The woman told officers that she had misidentified Jennings, and reported him as a suspicious person. “They are friends, and they went out of town today, so he may be watering their flowers, it’d be completely normal,” she said. “This is probably my fault.”
“The way y’all handled this situation was tot
Article from Latest