Entitlement is a growing problem across America. Too many Americans believe they’re entitled to special privileges and perks because of certain inherent or earned traits and characteristics, including everything from their race and sexual orientation to their job.
Entitlement is especially prevalent among the media class, who seem to believe they should be immune from criticism, mockery and more because of #MahPressFreedom. Just this week a far-left commentator with the propaganda outlet Vox launched a campaign to silence beloved conservative comedian Steven Crowder for having committed the unforgivable sin of mocking him.
But something else happened this week as well. The Daily Mail released police bodycam footage showing a Florida reporter causing a scene after being pulled over for driving with no tail lights.
The shocking footage shows West Palm Beach station WPBF reporter Farron Salley, a black woman, not only drunkenly slurring her words but also speaking condescendingly to her arresting officer, a white man, and falsely accusing him of racial profiling.
The irony is palpable, given as the only one who actually engaged in any sort of racial profiling was Salley, who automatically assumed the worst about local police officer Cameron Carver because of his white skin complexion.
Watch part one of the altercation below:
The footage was reportedly recorded in December.
Right from the get-go, Salley copped an attitude.
“What’s wrong?” Carver politely asked after explaining that her tail lights were off.
“YOU!” she replied as she fumbled with her phone, which she claimed was malfunctioning. “I don’t feel like being pulled over right now.”
“You’re the one driving without tail rights now right,” the officer replies.
“Well, you’re the one pulling me over right now.”
Disturbed by her unnecessarily insolent attitude and the noxious smell of alcohol emanating from her vehicle, Carver then asked Salley whether she’d been drinking. She said yes but maintained that she’d only had one drink. Unconvinced by that claim, Carver asked her to participate in a few sobriety tests. That’s when things took a turn for the worst.
First Salley mocked Carver for suffering from male pattern baldness. Then she touted her master’s degree as evidence of her being superior to him.
“I have a master’s degree! What do you have!?” she said.
Dignity? Self-respect? Self for others?
Then during her sobriety tests, she yelled the following to her white fiancée, Colleen: “Watch out, they may shoot you even though you’re not black!”
“That’s a racist comment,” Carver responded.
“Yes, it was,” Salley admitted.
Watch part two of the altercation below:
She eventually tearfully apologized for behavior, telling the cops that she was just worried because she works in television.
“‘I’m a model citizen. You’re making a scene a mile from where I’m on TV. I’m not a bad person. Please, I work at the TV station, I can’t have this,” she said.
To be clear, she was the one making a scene …
But after she failed her sobriety tests and Carver handcuffed her and placed her in his vehicle, she could be heard mumbling, “It’s ’cause I’m black. This is so racial.”
Then a few minutes later she removed her seat belt and stepped out of the car, spurring all the officers on the scene to rush to her to place her back inside.
Once she arrived at the county jail, she reportedly told officers that she takes medication for “borderline personality disorder.” However, she was unable to identify which specific medication she takes.
What happened afterward? Salley disappeared from WBFP til late February, shortly after local prosecutors chose to drop the case out of an alleged lack of evidence.
In a returning statement delivered to the station’s audience on Feb. 20, she declared herself innocent of driving under the influence but did express “regret” for her poor behavior.
“I’d like to take a quick break from our news coverage to share something very personal with you,” she said. “This is my first day back to work since mid-December when I was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence.”
“I’d like to make it clear that I am innocent of this. A fair investigation led to all charges against me being dropped. I thank the men and women working hard to protect us all on the road. I regret my behavior and not showing them the respect they deserve the night I was pulled over.”
This isn’t the first time that someone affiliated with the media has displayed an attitude of entitlement while dealing with the police. After being pulled over for a simple traffic stop two years ago, Columbia Daily Tribune columnist Bill Clark wrote a completely fictional recap accusing the officers of having mistreated him.
“I’m lucky I didn’t get shot,” he wrote. “Sirens wailed and when I stopped, two officers were out of the sheriff’s vehicle. When I reached over to turn off the radio and then take my wallet out of my pocket to produce the driver’s license and insurance card, I realized my hands were not at the top of my steering wheel. Danger lurked and official arrogance was to follow.”
This narrative was completely debunked after local officers released bodycam footage from the traffic stop. The footage showed officers behaving professionally and respectfully throughout the entire encounter.
Clark was suspended after the footage was released. It’s unclear if Salley will also face a suspension as well.
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