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Homeless Man Arrested For Charging Phone

SARASOTA, Fla., (UPI) — A Florida judge said a police officer did not have the authority to arrest a homeless man for charging his phone at a public picnic shelter.

Circuit Judge Charles Williams said Sarasota Police Sgt. Anthony Frangioni arrested Darren Kersey, 28, around 9:20 p.m. Sunday on a charge of theft of utilities for charging his phone in an outlet at the public picnic shelter at Gillespie Park, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Tuesday.

Williams threw out the case Monday, saying Frangioni did not have the legal justification to arrest Kersey.

A police spokesman said officials are reviewing the case.

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  • CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

    THIS IS A COMMON PROBLEM. CELL PHONES ARE THE “LIFE-LINES” OF THE HOMELESS. IF A HOMELESS PERSON NEEDS EMERGENCY FOOD, CLOTHING AND/OR SHELTER BEING ABLE TO CALL A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER IS BENEFICIAL.

    HOMELESS PEOPLE ARE OFTEN SEEN IN PLACES LIKE, Wal-Mart Restrooms, CHARGING THEIR PHONES. IT IS A NECESSARY – AND, SAD – PART OF THEIR LIVES.

  • GRAMPA

    We continue to see the method our government is taking to gain total control. The smallest violation is met with arrest. unless it is sanctioned by democrats. Even if it is thrown out of court you now have an arrest record. Control now comes from the threat of being arrested, and the need to hire a costly lawyer plea bargain to a lesser crime and now you have a criminal record.
    It will now only take a minor change in existing gun laws that make it a felony for anyone convicted of any crime to own a gun. So you see the method in this “crime against humanity” of charging a cell phone. Who gave him the cell phone? Why President Obama.
    Is he trying to make us all criminals? We can imply anything, most is ridiculous. Is it ridiculous to throes seeking to control by intimidation? I think we need to focus on real crimes like immigration and let this homeless man alone. Maybe our officers cannot handle anything more complicated. How much did it cost the citizen to process this Hannis crime?
    God help America.
    Grampa

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