On Wednesday of this past week in the state, a Special Olympics athlete got caught in a case of mistaken identity by police.
And, naturally, he got tasered.
Police were looking for a 'Travis Henderson' who had an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on a reckless driving charge. However, the officers flagged down Travis Henderson - Special Olympics medal winner.
The police were, of course, totally on the ball, as they disregarded Henderson's ID (who has a different birthdate than the suspect) and also called for backup. They clearly have some mean streets in Arkansas.
Incredibly, the tasering was deemed justifiable. Police claim our Special Olympics hero resisted arrest.
Wait a second, so agreeing with police is a taserable offense? You learn something new every day.
"(Officer Ward) O.K., don't resist..."
"(Officer Ward)...'cause you're gonna get Tased."
"(Henderson) I'm not..."BUZZZZZZZZ! (note: I added the buzz)
And to top it all off, police still charged Henderson with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest even after they realized he was the wrong guy. Hey, might as well kick a Special Olympian while he's down, right?
The charges were dropped on Friday - which is kind of surprising. I half-expected Henderson to get the chair.