Black Jogger Detained By Police After Fitting Description of Suspect Has Very Positive Outcome
As scary as things might be right now in our country given all the riots and terrorists being allowed to run the streets, police still have a job to do.
Fortunately, there are still plenty of good police officers out there who can do their job properly. It’s also helpful when people the people who are being questioned by police are cooperative.
In Florida recently, a perfect scenario happened when a police officer stopped a man who was jogging down the sidewalk. The police officer told him immediately that he wasn’t in trouble, but he matches the description of a suspect who is wanted in questioning for a burglary that had just taken place in the neighborhood.
Joseph Griffin, who is a registered nurse and former military veteran, was out jogging in Deltona, Fla. when deputies stopped him for matching the description of the suspect they were looking for: a Black male, with a white tank top, dark shorts, and a beard.
“You’re not in any trouble or anything. There was a burglary that happened, you kind of fit the description. Let me just make sure you’re not him, OK,” the deputy can be heard telling Griffin on the 17-minute body camera footage.
“I’m gonna detain you, look, you’re not under arrest. I’m detaining you right now because you fit the description,” the deputy says.
Griffin had taken out his phone and had begun live-streaming the encounter on his Facebook page.
“If something happens to me, y’all better raise hell,” Griffin says on the video.
The man was released after they were able to verify that he wasn’t the person that they were looking for even though he really did match the description.
In fact, on an even more positive note, the man was offered a job with with local sheriff’s department for implicit bias training.
“I think we can all learn from his point of view, just like he has listened to ours,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said in a Facebook post. “Mr. Griffin is a military veteran and a medical professional, and I told him we’d train and hire him as a deputy in a second if he ever wants a new job.”
Here’s is the full video of the encounter: