A Florida police officer was just caught on video throwing peanuts at a homeless man, as though he were a circus animal.
The officer was recorded on a surveillance video (scroll down to watch) throwing the peanuts, unaware that he was being filmed.
Officer Andrew Halpin is clearly the cop in the video, and he does not deny tossing the peanuts while he was booking Randy Miller at the Sarasota County Jail.
The video was first obtained by the Sarasota Herald-Tribune through their public records request.
The video clearly shows that Miller is seated and handcuffed. The hungry homeless animal was instructed by the sadistic cop to open his mouth and catch the peanuts, as though he were there to perform for the officer.
Two officers in the background apparently thing the entire scene is pretty funny. They have yet to be identified.
Sarasota Police Chief Bernadette DiPino said in an interview with local NBC affiliate WFLA that she was never aware of any such incident until the video hit the Internet.
“I’m disappointed in what I saw in this video,” DiPino contended. “Due to the actions I’ve seen on camera, I immediately initiated an internal affairs investigation.”
Miller, 44, was arrested for allegedly “trespassing” at a convenience store. He should have an easy time getting his life back together and getting a job now – following this arrest – right?
The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida said that Miller’s treatment by the officer was “humiliating”. The ACLU is demanding that the officer be fired.
Halpin can be seen in the video kicking nuts toward the starving man, who is on the floor trying to pick up the peanuts, the Herald-Tribune reported.
Sarasota is known as the “meanest city in the nation” toward the homeless, according to the National Coalition for the Homeless.
Watch the local report from NBC News below…
(Article be Jackson Marciana and M. David)