If you were among the contingent, who after reading the police report of Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson’s recent arrest, thought his boorish behavior was likely to blame, you’ll want to listen to the audio of the arrest. And remember never to raise your voice at a police officer shining his flashlight at you.
The police interaction with Thompson starts about 2:15 p.m.
Video via the Arkansas Project.
As The Arkansas Project writes, this casts a much different light on the situation. If anything, even those who tended to be sympathetic with Thompson went too far when — influenced by police reports — they assumed he’d been provocative. Let’s go to trial. And let’s start looking hard at cops like the one who took down Joe Thompson who show a pattern of heavy-handed behavior.