Quite Possibly The Most Confusing Article I’ve Ever Read

Here’s the article itself if you want to see it live, but it’s not an article so here it is:

LOS ANGELES (AP)

Los Angeles Lakers forward Matt Barnes has been released from jail after being arrested on suspicion of threatening a police officer who stopped him for a traffic warrant.

Manhattan Beach police Sgt. Paul Ford says Barnes posted $51,000 bail and was released shortly before 11:30 p.m. Monday, some three hours after his arrest.

The 32-year-old Barnes was walking in the Los Angeles suburb when he was stopped and arrested on a misdemeanor warrant for driving on a suspended license.

Ford says Barnes allegedly made a verbal threat to the officer and was arrested for that as well.

A call to the Lakers seeking comment wasn’t immediately returned early Tuesday.

Barnes was the Lakers’ top-scoring reserve this past season, averaging 7.8 points per game.

Ok, let’s start with this part:

“The 32-year-old Barnes was walking in the Los Angeles suburb when he was stopped and arrested on a misdemeanor warrant for driving on a suspended license.”

Sooooo he was arrested for driving with a suspended license while walking? That’s what it sounds like to me. Sure, a warrant had been issued so I get it was from a previous incident. But shouldn’t the article say when? From what? Journalism 101? Didn’t he have a DUI recently? No mention of that at all.

Then:

“Ford says Barnes allegedly made a verbal threat to the officer and was arrested for that as well.”

Sound to anyone else like he was arrested twice at the same time? Like maybe they cuffed him, put him in the back of the car, took him out of the car, took the cuffs off, then put the cuffs back on and put him back in the back of the car, then probably added ‘take that you heathen’?

Just a stab in the dark here, but perhaps what they should have said was that he was CHARGED for the verbal threats as well.

Then again, what do I know? They’re the professionals.

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2 thoughts on “Quite Possibly The Most Confusing Article I’ve Ever Read

  1. The article is poorly written, but I can clear some of this up albeit late to the game. The DA charges you not the police. Whenever you are arrested it is for “suspicion of (insert crime here)” then the DA has to decide to file charges. However, many cops leave out the suspicion part when they speak to reporter and say he was arrested for the murder of yadda yadda. Although this is wrong the reporters usually clean it up by calling the person arrested “the suspect”

    • And then the reports add the word ‘Allegedly’ in front of the description of what they did. It’s all a ridiculous side-stepping game. Then they claim to report facts.

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