He was fortunate that the officer that confronted him was Officer Eric Ball, who, instead of arresting him on the spot, ordered the teen to drop and give him 200 push-ups, according to WFAA.
This unorthodox corporal punishment was recorded by another movie-goer, Raiza Paredez, and posted to Facebook, where the video has garnered nearly a quarter of a million views.
“Big UP’s to the Arlington Police Officer that made the young black guy that decided to smoke weed on the movie theater parking lot to do push-ups (rather than) take him to jail or shoot him just Cuz,” she captioned the video. “We need more cops like this. #Policeeverywhereneedtotakenotes #ArlingtonPoliceDept”
Punishment that deviates from the norm, especially corporal punishment, is often intensely scrutinized and looked down upon. However, in this case, the punishment has enjoyed a warm reception.
Even the teen’s mother was in Ball’s corner, according to WFAA. A fellow officer said, “She gave a stern warning to her son and even told the officer, ‘I would have made him do more push-ups.’”
Furthermore, according to WFAA, while Arlington police acknowledged that Ball’s actions were not procedure, they suppored “the officer’s use of his discretion.”
In a time where officers are often threatened for using even the most routine methods to do their jobs, it is good to see one officer being praised for thinking outside-the-box in his mission to curtail crime.
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