When reading an article like this, always ask the following question: How would the press have handled the story if it had happened when George W. Bush was President?
Local police found a man passed out on a sidewalk in Miami just after sunrise. It was difficult for the man to stand, so Miami police assisted him over to one of the patrol cars. Officers noted that he had bloodshot eyes, his speech was slurred, and his breath reeked of booze. The man started flailing his arms around and fighting with the officers. As the police tried to find his ID, the man fought with them, prompting them to take him to the ground and handcuff him. The man continued to struggle with the police, knocking one of them in the face twice. After they were finally able to obtain the man’s ID, they found him to be a Secret Service agent. He was arrested for “disorderly intoxication” and “resisting arrest without violence.”
The agent sworn to protect the President was there for a Thursday Obama rally. After the President was safe and sound on Air Force One, the agent apparently went barhopping and got drunk. He lamented to the police that he was supposed to be on another assignment that morning.
If this had been some other guy, perhaps a homeless man, he would’ve been charged with “resisting arrest with violence” and ‘battery’ according to a Miami criminal defense attorney:
‘Battery on a law enforcement officer’ is a third degree felony, punishable up to five years in a Florida state prison as is with ‘resisting with violence.’ By all accounts, when you read the arrest affidavit, you have probable cause for both of those charges. But in this particular case, he’s only looking at ‘disorderly intox’ and ‘resisting without violence,’ two misdemeanors – 60 days in Dade County jail, 364 days in Dade County jail and nothing more, but we all know he’s not going to get any jail time.
The Secret Service shouldn’t be getting a pass just because they work for the Feds. They should be held to the same standard that would condemn anyone else. Are we all equal under the law or not? Evidently, we are all equal, but some are more equal than others.
The Secret Service has shown itself to be less than morally upright and not up to the task of protecting the President. Having one of their agents pass out drunk on a sidewalk after a nightlong alcohol binge certainly doesn’t help them recover from the Colombian prostitution scandal earlier this year. We certainly shouldn’t assume that these incidents are isolated. It’s just that they got caught this time. Maybe the cavorting is just one of the perks of being a government employee.
If the Secret Service really wants to repair their tarnished reputation, they should have their agents prosecuted under the law as any other person would be prosecuted. If an agent decides to party, get drunk and get in trouble, that’s his responsibility. The taxpayers are writing his paychecks, and he shouldn’t expect to escape punishment. If this were the attitude of this agency, maybe their agents wouldn’t be so footloose and fancy-free.