Black jogger, falsely arrested by Florida police after saying he fit the description of a burglar suspect, is offered a job by the sheriff
- Joseph Griffin was out jogging when he was arrested by Florida police last week
- The former military policeman was seen on a video talking to MPs from Volusia who stopped him for matching the description of a burglar suspect
- The MPs were looking for a black man with a white tank top, dark shorts and a beard
- Griffin, who is currently a nurse, agreed with her description
- He was arrested by officers until they could verify that he was not a suspect
- After the incident, Volusia offered Sheriff Mike Chitwood Griffin a job
A black man was offered a job with a Florida sheriff after he was falsely arrested by MPs after he ran into a burglar suspect’s description last week.
The footage of the incident shows former military policeman Joseph Griffin being approached by MPs from the Volusia Sheriff’s Office.
According to Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood, MPs responded to a call about a break-in in the area and Griffin, who is currently a nurse, fit the description.
The footage of the incident shows former military policeman Joseph Griffin (pictured) being approached by members of the Volusia Sheriff’s Office
Authorities said they were looking for a black man with a beard wearing a white tank top and dark shorts and Griffin matched that description. He is seen handcuffed during the incident
Authorities said they were looking for a black man with a beard who wore a white tank top and dark shorts, and Griffin wore a similar outfit.
A deputy can be heard in the footage telling Griffin, “Just take me with you because you fit the description. I’m not saying you’re guilty, but my sergeant is telling me to hold you. «
By this point, Griffin had pulled out his cell phone and started streaming the incident live on Facebook.
Then he hangs up the phone while the deputy handcuffs him.
As he is handcuffed, Griffin is heard telling his viewers on Facebook, “If something happens to me, you’d better raise hell.”
The MP then said, “Again, mate, you are not under arrest, it’s just that you are as described.
He also offered to hold Griffin’s phone for him while he continued to broadcast the encounter live.
“It’s just so busy today,” Griffin said, referring to recent police shots of Jacob Blake and the death of George Floyd, who died under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.
More than 12 minutes later, MPs released Griffin (pictured after release) while apologizing for any inconvenience they may have caused. They also thanked him for staying calm during the ordeal
Following the incident, Volusia Sheriff Mike Chitwood released a statement commending MPs for their handling of the encounter and offering Griffin a job in the department
More than 12 minutes later, MPs released Griffin and apologized for the inconvenience they may have caused.
They also thanked him for staying calm during the ordeal.
Following the incident, Sheriff Chitwood released a statement commending MPs for their treatment of the encounter.
“Witness descriptions are never perfect, and these MPs did an excellent job in having limited information about an ongoing call,” Chitwood said.
“I am very proud of your hard work and dedication to every honorable Member involved in this response. This is exactly the kind of effort that has enabled us to reduce the crime rate in Deltona, ”wrote the sheriff.
Likewise, Mr. Griffin was calm and cooperative, although he had reason to be frustrated with the inconvenience. Mr Griffin, I appreciate your working with these Members and I would like to invite you for a lift at some point in the future. «
Chitwood also announced that he would like to train and hire Griffin as a deputy.
‘Mr. Griffin is a military veteran and a medical doctor, and I told him we would train and hire him as a deputy in a second if he ever wanted a new job, ”Chitwood told WSAV.
Chitwood also said in his statement that MPs arrested the actual burglar suspect.