I’m unsure how I’d have reacted had Myrtle Beach police achieved to me what Ronald Thomas Uhrie alleges they did to him.
If occasions unfolded as he claims in a lawsuit, it’s the form of entrapment that isn’t solely unhealthy for Uhrie however unhealthy information for anybody pondering about helping a stranger on the road, particularly if that stranger occurs to be a girl.
I do know as a result of I as soon as picked up a prostitute close to seventeenth Avenue South.
Uhrie didn’t decide up anybody and even strive to, in accordance to his lawsuit towards the town.
After leaving a gasoline station parking zone, he seen a girl “wave frantically” his manner. He stopped, requested the lady if she wanted something. She provided to carry out a intercourse act in trade for $20. Though Uhrie didn’t know the lady was an undercover officer, he rolled up his window and drove off.
A mile down the highway, he was pulled over and arrested for soliciting prostitution and possessing a small quantity of marijuana. He was launched on bond the subsequent day. Because of long-standing coverage, Myrtle Beach officers declined remark and wouldn’t affirm if issues performed out as Uhrie claims.
The lawsuit noted that the fees have been later dismissed, and claims the cop lied and Uhrie misplaced his job due to the arrest.
As described, it seems to be entrapment, police creating a criminal offense that with out their intervention wouldn’t have been dedicated. If true, those info ought to imply a settlement or verdict in Uhrie’s favor. He’s asking for authorized charges, misplaced wages and different damages.
That could be good for him, however unhealthy for the town and each resident and customer who’s susceptible to helping strangers or need help in a second of misery. It would make good Samaritans think twice earlier than stopping to assist a struggling stranger.
If you might be arrested and have your life upended for the sin of rolling down your window to reply to a girl waving frantically, the danger of stopping turns into too nice.
It would have made me think twice all those years in the past after I picked up that prostitute. I didn’t know she was a prostitute after I pulled over. All I noticed was a girl with dirty-grass-stained knees holding her bra whereas stumbling on the aspect of the highway. I requested if she wanted assist. She stumbled into my automobile. She was frantic. I by chance butt dialed my spouse, who heard the whole trade between me and the lady with out my figuring out it. I acquired the lady over to the rape disaster middle the place I came upon her background.
Before we may do something to assist, possibly present medical help, she walked away. Though I by no means noticed her once more, I’ve by no means forgotten her in half as a result of I’m unsure my stopping did any good, and in half as a result of I do know issues may have gone a lot otherwise.
Had that lady been an undercover officer, I may have ended up the place Uhrie’s lawsuit claims he’s. It offers me pause. I’ve obligations to my spouse of 23 years, my two children, colleagues and so many others. Should I threat that to assist a stranger? It’s a query that has lengthy tickled my mind.
With crime producing headlines throughout a hyper-partisan time reminiscent of this, the police are being requested to do extra to curb any excesses, to guarantee the standard of life in the town stays excessive.
No matter what you think of prostitution as an ethical matter, you’d take into account it a nuisance if it grew to become an open downside in your neighborhood, and also you’d need one thing achieved about it.
But there has to be a greater manner to struggle crime with out unnecessarily creating extra criminals.
Issac Bailey is a columnist for The Sun News.