Homeless Man Arrested For Charging Phone

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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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