A Florida Cop Ticketed A Black Man For Walking Without His ID
A Florida police officer made up a law to ticket a black man for walking without his ID.
In a report from the Miami Herald, 21-year-old Devonte Shipman and a friend were confronted by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Officer J.S. Bolen for jaywalking (the incident was video recorded by Shipman) on June 20. Bolen tells Shipman that he is stopping him for jaywalking which is a $65 fine and then asks Shipman for his ID. Upon telling Bolen that he does not have it, the police officer reportedly "snapped."
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"That's another infraction," Bolen said. "In the state of Florida, you have to have an ID card on you identifying who you are or I can detain you for seven hours until I figure out who you are."
However, it turns out that such a law does not exist in Florida. Florida Statute 322.15 requires licensed drivers to always have their licenses when driving and can incur a $136 fine if they do not, but the same law does not apply to someone walking without a license.
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Ultimately, Bolen gave Shipman a citation for failing to obey a pedestrian control signal, a $62.50 fine, and drivers license not carried/exhibited on demand (322.15), a $136 fine.
Video of the confrontation can be seen below.