On Monday evening, dashboard video of Antonio Morrison’s arrest for barking at a police dog surfaced. Gator Nation was instantly forced into a tizzy as they watched a harmless Morrison be thrown into the back of a cop car.
Shortly after the video surfaced, Alachua County Sherrif Sadie Darnell commented on the situation, stating that Morrison should have been warned, not arrested.
Now, less than 24 hours after the release of the video, the State Attorney’s Office has reportedly dismissed the charges against Morrison. Following is the meat of the statement issued by state attorney Bill Cervone (for the complete statement, visit OnlyGators.com):
“Having reviewed the law and the evidence, specifically including the video of what occurred, I have today filed a dismissal of all charges against Antonio Morrison related to his arrest on July 21 for interfering with a police dog and resisting an officer. This dismissal is based on the lack of evidence to warrant much less legally sustain those charges and a complete inappropriateness of pursuing court action against Morrison, or anyone else under the circumstances involved.”
“The charge of interfering with a police animal requires malice, and none exists.”
“Finally, and to answer other question that may be asked, Morrison’s deferral agreement in his previous case will remain in effect. Because his arrest and potential prosecution for this new incident are in my view legally inappropriate there are no grounds to revoke that agreement.”
Whether or not this effects his two-game suspension handed down by Will Muschamp remains to be seen.