Leon Young, who faces trial Aug. 4 on a misdemeanor charge of DUI, resigned from the police force rather than being terminated, according to a department internal affairs report.
Young, 40, was stopped at a DUI checkpoint set up on College Parkway on Jan. 24 by the Lee County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office. He was with the department since 2006 and had previously worked for the Lee and Hendry sheriff’s offices.
According to the documents, investigators made three sustained findings about Young — that he broke the law, that he didn’t conduct himself in a way that reflects favorably on the department and that he attempted to use his position as an officer to gain leniency with deputies.
The report states Young was arrested around 2:30 a.m. Jan. 24 in a Publix parking lot. He was “uncooperative, confrontational and became agitated” and also used racial slurs as he was being arrested.
Good thing this officer resigned because he is as dumb as a bag of hammers. If you check out my questions and answers on Florida DUI checkpoints (checkpoints are a pet peeve of mine as they should be to any libertarian), you’ll know that you don’t have to go through the checkpoint, it’s voluntary. You would think that at least the Leos would know this. The guidelines in any jurisdiction running these aberrations of the Constitution have to allow you at least one time to turn around after they notify you that you are approaching a checkpoint. In Hillsbourgh county, they actually have signs indicating where you can turn around to avoid the checkpoint. I asked them once, “Don’t all the drinkers just turn around?”, and they said to stick around for awhile. Drivers drove up after hitting the cones, they drove up and couldn’t navigate into secondary, they drove up and before the officer could say anything, they would admit to being drunk. In this instance, maybe the checkpoints serve a purpose. I’m surprised that investigators didn’t make a sustained finding of stupidity of Leo.
I’m going to try to get the video of this encounter at the Lee county sheriff’s office. This will probably demonstrate how even Leo’s get angry when their Constitutional rights are abused.