A Black jogger who was detained in Florida final month for matching the outline of a housebreaking suspect has been provided a job within the county sheriff’s workplace for the best way wherein he dealt with the encounter with the deputies who detained him.
Joseph Griffin, who’s a registered nurse and former army veteran, was out jogging in Deltona, Fla. when deputies stopped him for matching the outline of the suspect they have been in search of: a Black male, with a white tank high, darkish shorts, and a beard.
“You’re not in any bother or something. There was a housebreaking that occurred, you form of match the outline. Let me simply ensure you’re not him, OK,” the deputy will be heard telling Griffin on the 17-minute physique digicam footage.
“I’m gonna detain you, look, you are not beneath arrest. I am detaining you proper now since you match the outline,” the deputy says.
Griffin had taken out his telephone and had begun live-streaming the encounter on his Fb web page.
“If one thing occurs to me, y’all higher increase hell,” Griffin says on the video.
The deputies proceed to guarantee Griffin that he’s not beneath arrest however simply suits the outline of the person they’re in search of. One deputy even presents to carry Griffin’s cellphone to proceed recording their interplay.
“It’s only a lot goin’ on immediately,” Griffin says, alluding to nationwide protests in opposition to police brutality within the wake of the dying of George Floyd, who was Black, on Might 25 whereas in police custody in Minneapolis and, extra just lately, the capturing by Wisconsin police of Jacob Blake, who’s Black, and whose household says he’s now paralyzed.
Griffin saved his calm with the deputies for one more 13 minutes earlier than they allowed him to depart. He mentioned his expertise as a regulation enforcement officer within the army allowed him to stay calm and compliant.
However Griffin additionally mentioned the expertise was unnerving. He advised Orlando’s Fox 35 that witness descriptions are by no means completely correct.
“It is extremely scary when your future is within the palms of that nonperfect identification and outline,” he mentioned. “It was unlucky that an harmless particular person was stopped, however they stopped the particular person primarily based on the outline that was supplied.”
Volusia County Sheriff Mike Chitwood praised how each side dealt with the state of affairs. He additionally acknowledged the significance of understanding both aspect’s perspective.
Chitwood has invited Griffin to speak with the sheriff’s division for implicit bias coaching, the place he’ll inform the story from his perspective.
“I feel we will all study from his perspective, similar to he has listened to ours,” Chitwood mentioned in a Fb put up. “Mr. Griffin is a army veteran and a medical skilled, and I advised him we might prepare and rent him as a deputy in a second if he ever desires a brand new job.”
Chitwood mentioned that deputies managed to arrest the precise suspect earlier than he broke into another person’s property.