It wasn’t the way he planned on things going. Anthony Brasfield released a dozen heart-shaped helium balloons into the air to woo his girlfriend, but he got arrested and charged with a felony instead.
from Sun Sentinel:
Anthony Brasfield saw romance when he released a dozen heart-shaped balloons into the sky over Dania Beach with his sweetie. A Florida Highway Patrol trooper saw a felony.
Brasfield, 40, and his girlfriend, Shaquina Baxter, were in the parking lot of the Motel 6 on Dania Beach Boulevard when he released the shiny red and silver mylar balloons and watched them float away Sunday morning.
Also watching the romantic gesture: an FHP trooper, who instead noted probable cause for an environmental crime.
Brasfield was charged with polluting to harm humans, animals, plants, etc. under the Florida Air and Water Pollution Control Act.
Look, I understand having laws in place to protect local wildlife (in this case, turtles and storks), but to arrest this man an charge him with a felony is absurd. He wasn’t littering. He may have been acting silly, but it’s not a crime.
This is what happens when environmental wackjobism meets the overcriminalization of society. EVERYTHING becomes a felony.