This man was arrested TODAY, for not having the correct license plate on his car.
If he could not afford to register his car, he certainly can’t afford the $500 bail and no bail bondsman is going to waste his time over such a small amount Plus, the car is impounded racking up fees.
THIS is what most of Gualtieri’s arrests look like. Petty, stupid and pathetic reasons to put someone in chains and lock them in a cage.
Gualtieri himself was quoted in the TBT today pointing out that “notices to appear in court carry the same weight as an arrest without requiring a jail stay”, but Gualtieri ALWAYS arrests people instead because his agency collects money on each arrest. In fact he has quotas that he calls “performance reviews” where if a deputy does not have enough arrests, then they are passed over for raises, choice assignments and promotions.
So what is the actual purpose of even bringing people to the jail? There is none, other than to incarcerate violent offenders. Every other arrest is just a waste of everybody’s time and taxpayer resources.
Mass incarceration starts with the man with the handcuffs. When you have a power-drunk tyrant like Sheriff Gualtieri in charge, freedom is just one grouchy deputy away from being taken.
Vote James McLynas for Pinellas County Sheriff and lets FREE PINELLAS together.