A Florida judge has found John Nix not guilty of resisting a police officer. Nix was working in Jacksonville when he saw what appeared to be several people "beating up" a man. He pulled out his cell phone to call 911 and went over to ask what was going on. One of the men showed him a badge and said they were plainclothes police officers and were arresting a suspected shoplifter. The man then grabbed Nix and handcuffed him. Nix says the officer accused him of using his phone to try to take pictures of the arrest.
Journalists and pundits who frantically doubled down on their initial bad takes deserve more criticism.
It’s an attempt to bypass Fourth and Fifth Amendment protections by insisting it’s not an arrest.
If politicians are going to paint their opponents as illegitimate, they should be prepared to receive the same treatment in return.
Sex offender registries are cruel and unjust.
A 2017 Reason investigation found that black residents in Madison County felt under siege in their own neighborhoods.