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Video of Morrison’s arrest released; sheriff says warning was more appropriate

Raymond Sanders, Antonio Morrison AP

Florida linebacker Antonio Morrison, already with one legal run-in this summer, was arrested over the weekend for perhaps the strangest reason we’ve seen this offseason: barking at a police dog.

The arrest quickly netted the sophomore a two-game suspension, but now there’s question whether Morrison should have been arrested at all. Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell told the Gainesville Sun that a warning, not an arrest, was probably the more appropriate action for the Sunday morning incident.

From the Sun:

During an interview Monday afternoon, Darnell told The Sun that she believed the deputy was technically correct that Morrison could be charged under the law that prohibits taunting police animals, but she stated that, given the obscure nature of the law and the fact that Morrison was probably unaware of it, a warning would have been more appropriate.

The Sun also has a shortened version of the dashboard video for the arrest — as in, a short eight minutes long — which you can view below. The video does not, however, contain Morrison barking like a dog [/sad face].

“Let me simply explain something to you,” arresting deputy William Arnold can be heard saying to Morrison in the video. “I’ve been listening to you for a few minutes, and here’s the problem I got with this, all right? My dog is watching my back and their back. Stop talking. When you walk up to the window and say something to him, you distract him if I need him. So if I open my door remotely with this push button, he’s coming out to you and not to me when I need him. That’s the end of the story. That’s interfering, harassment and teasing a police dog while he’s engaged in his duty. That’s what you’re being arrested for. All right?”

The linebacker was officially charged with interfering with police by harassing a police animal. There has been no official change in his status with the Gators despite Darnell’s comments.

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12 Responses to “Video of Morrison’s arrest released; sheriff says warning was more appropriate”
  1. be4bama says: Jul 23, 2013 2:00 PM

    Give the young man a break.

  2. jrs45 says: Jul 23, 2013 2:05 PM

    Too funny!

  3. crazycane says: Jul 23, 2013 2:34 PM

    Go GATA!

  4. be4bama says: Jul 23, 2013 3:16 PM

    Leave your racist remarks out of it please teedraper!!
    Haven’t we been divided enough?
    BTW is your real name Al or Jesse?

  5. rolltide510 says: Jul 23, 2013 3:30 PM

    Absolutely stupid and indefensible to arrest somebody for this. The lecture would have sufficed. Glad the guy at least gets to feel stupid at having his boss have to issue an apology on his behalf.

  6. seanb20124 says: Jul 23, 2013 3:32 PM

    Is this enough to get his 2 game suspension lifted?

  7. mydixienormus says: Jul 23, 2013 4:25 PM

    The cop mentions crocodile tears.

    Really should be gator tears, no?

    Don’t tase me bro!!!!

  8. bertenheim says: Jul 23, 2013 4:31 PM

    An elected official doesn’t want the blame for damaging the local team.

  9. gatorprof says: Jul 23, 2013 4:53 PM

    It was the correct call, but the 2 game suspension should stay.

    Remember, he is on a deferred prosecution for assaulting a bouncer…Boom was mulling what punishment to give for that offense.

    He was also stupid enough to be at the worst bar in Gainesville at 3:45 am, messing with a cop, etc.

    Antonio is going to rock the Wonderlic and make Spikes look like a Rhodes Scholar.

  10. Walk says: Jul 23, 2013 6:04 PM

    I like the portion where the sheriff says you get a warning if you are ignorant of the law. No more speeding tickets for me.

  11. lovinthatsomanyhateonnd says: Jul 24, 2013 12:20 PM

    be4bama: is your name Jim Crow?

  12. be4bama says: Jul 24, 2013 1:07 PM

    What’s wrong nd, you still mad? Obliviously you didn’t see the racist commit before it was deleted. Crawl back under that rock where you belong.
    Your question doesn’t deserve an answer.
    Thanks Ben for removing that comment.

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