OK, um… what? Police in New Orleans reused to arrest a man who was trying to turn himself in for murder because he… didn’t have an official picture ID on him.
I know what you are thinking. All you have to do to be a criminal that can’t be arrested in New Orleans is to throw away your ID.
Frank Sams Jr. hired a lawyer and the pair of them walked into a New Orleans police station so that Sams could turn himself in because he was wanted for murder.
But officers refused to arrest him because he didn’t have an ID on him to prove he was really Frank Sams Jr.
According to the Daily Advertiser:
Frank Sams Jr. spent nearly an hour on Wednesday pleading with police to arrest him before they actually did, an attorney said.
The 25-year-old hoped to start the process of fighting the murder charge but lawyer Kelly Orians said deputies refused to process Sams because he didn’t have a state ID on him.
The only way the police relented and agreed to arrest Sams is when they produced a newspaper that had a story of the murder with a photo of Sams right in the story with a caption saying that Sams was a wanted man!
The lawyer said the whole situation was “nothing short of absolutely bizarre.”
“This is all very serious to us, and yet we walked into an agency tasked with protecting our community, and it was like it was a joke,” the lawyer said.
But the lawyer praised her client. “Frank did the right thing,” Orians said. “He was wanted by law enforcement, and he became aware of it. He made what is, I have to imagine, a tough decision to turn himself into police, and he did it. He’s eager to fight and have his day in court.”
Sams is now being held on $500,000 bail.
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