Police Overreach: Man Detained Because of Halloween Costume
Article from Reason by Zuri Davis.
An incident on the University of Central Florida’s campus is a reminder that not everyone is willing to suspend their fear and paranoia for the sake of Halloween.
The campus was put on alert Tuesday when unnamed student decided dress up like the Terminator. The student decided to take his costume to the next level by pairing his dark clothing with a bandolier containing real ammunition. According to a police statement, someone made a call to 911 to report the student as suspicious. Police arrived “swiftly,” detained the student, and questioned him. University police determined that he was not a threat and decided against making an arrest.
University police shared a picture of the student’s costume, warning that real ammunition and weapons “scares others” and “puts safety at risk.”
According to university policy, the possession of weapons and firearms is prohibited. This includes obvious items like swords, knives, chemical devices, and the like. Not mentioned on the list, however, is ammo. University police acknowledged that while possessing ammo was not against the rules, using it for Halloween props was discouraged.
Read the entire article at Reason.
Image Credit: By Jamelle Bouie [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons