Coast Guard Officer Faces Burglary Charges
A confrontation with police officers can only end one of two ways: you get arrested or you get hurt–neither of which are good. A Coast Guard officer in Ketchikan, Alaska recently learned this lesson the hard way, according to a recent Navy Times article.
The officer was arrested on August 5 after police received reports of someone trying to break into a condominium. Police arrived on the scene to find the officer holding a broom. He was ordered to lie on the ground, but he refused and began threatening the officer while spitting and kicking at him. He faces multiple charges, including second-degree burglary, resisting arrest, criminal mischief, harassment and assault on a police officer. He was temporarily relieved of duty and reassigned to another position.
It is never a good idea to be uncooperative with police officers. Officers are trained to use force to subdue a belligerent suspect if necessary–and sometimes that force is deadly. Things go much smoother for the suspect if he does as the officer instructs him and then get an attorney to handle the legalities. Even if the officer uses unnecessary or excessive force, the suspect is still better off not resisting arrest. He can have his attorney look into the conduct of the arresting officers and hold them accountable for any actions that constitute misconduct.
Burglary is a serious crime in any state. If this happened in Colorado, the suspect would be facing Class 4 felony charges in addition to the other charges he faces–all of which carry long jail terms. His criminal defense attorney would have to prepare a solid, airtight defense to get him the lightest sentence possible, and that may not be enough.