Are Cops And Anti-Bieber Forces Trying To Make An Example Out Of Him?
TMZ is reporting that Miami Beach police officers may have exaggerated how much alcohol the pop singer Justin Bieber had in his system at the time of his arrest. Bieber’s blood alcohol level was reportedly .014, which is almost nothing. Law enforcement reported that his BAC was .04, an enormous difference.
According to the police report, a Miami Beach police officer claimed that when he leaned into the car he was overpowered by the smell of alcohol. “I immediately smelled an odor of alcohol eminating [sic] from the driver’s breath.”
Another officer reported “… the odor of an alc bev on his breath.”
Bieber has claimed that he was not drunk when he was arrested the other day for drag racing and driving under the influence. Police claimed that he failed his field sobriety test. Sources from TMZ close to the case say that the Miami Beach Police Department has had credibility issues in the past.
Bieber has been in the spotlight recently due to his run ins with the police. His house outside Los Angeles was raided by police who were looking for clues related to an incident where Bieber allegedly egged his neighbor’s house, causing $20,000 in damages. Cops searching the home found drugs that were reportedly not connected to the singer, but to his friend L’il Za, who was arrested during the police siege while staying in the house at the time.
The LAPD has demanded that Bieber turn over his cell phone password, but Bieber has refused, demanding that they get another warrant if they want to unlock his personal cell phone. The case is important and relevant in regards to privacy issues because of the question of whether a warrant for a home can include the right for police to obtain data from a person’s private cell phone.
Civil libertarians should watch this case closely because often police officers have an incentive to crack down on celebrities because they want their names in the papers. Bieber may not be a saint, but he deserves the equal constitutional protections and rights that we all enjoy.