Nowadays it seems like even the harmless of gestures can get you arrested and charged with assault, like it happened to a man from Fredricksburg. David Loveless was arrested and handcuffed at his house and taken to jail after two police officers thought he was pointing a finger at them while standing at his front porch.
Natatia Bledsoe, Fredricksburg Police Department spokesperson, claims that Loveless made a motion of shooting at the officers, using his finger as a gun.
Loveless, who has no criminal record, denied the accusations. He explained to the news reporters that he was standing outside his house, taking a pack of cigarettes out of his pocket and lighting a cigarette which was interpreted as a gun gesture by the officers passing by. He is now facing two counts of assault on a law enforcement officer by intimidation and two counts of obstructing justice.
This is just another in the series of criminal charges against people who were just talking to the police, making non-threatening gestures or even getting brutally beaten up by the cops and then portrayed as the assaulters. One of the most outrageous is last year’s attack at a mentally handicapped 17-year-old boy whose speech impediment was interpreted as a sign of disrespect towards the cops, who was pepper sprayed, tasered and charged with an assault.