Sun Sentinel – Anthony Brasfield saw romance when he released a dozen heart-shaped balloons into the sky over Dania Beach with his sweetie. A Florida Highway Patroltrooper saw a felony. Brasfield, 40, and his girlfriend, Shaquina Baxter, were in the parking lot of the Motel 6 on Dania Beach Boulevard when he released the shiny red and silver mylar balloons and watched them float away Sunday morning. Also watching the romantic gesture: an FHP trooper, who instead noted probable cause for an environmental crime. Brasfield was charged with polluting to harm humans, animals, plants, etc. under the Florida Air and Water Pollution Control Act. Endangered marine turtle species and birds, such as wood storks and brown pelicans, seek refuge in John U. Lloyd State Park, about 1.5 miles east of the motel.
Here’s another great racial litmus test for all the Stoolies out there. How many of you out there kept reading for the part where they find an illegal hand gun? How many of you re-read looking for the outstanding warrants part? Were there drugs inside the balloons? Nope. Anthony and Shaquina just enjoying a nice afternoon at the beach. Releasing balloons into the sky to symbolize their love. Some asshole cop charging them with a felony. No catch. Nothing else to the story.
Between the 9 year old Beast of the Southern Wild and this story right here I am feeling particularly prejudice this Monday morning.