On Christmas Eve, LuAnn de Lesseps was arrested in Palm Beach, Florida. We knew that, and it was an enjoyable little piece of Christmas gossip. She was drunk as hell, and the original reports made it sound like she was a raging, violent alcoholic: she was arrested on charges of “battery on an officer, disorderly intoxication, resisting arrest with violence and crimes against a person.” The Palm Beach Post claimed she yelled “I’m going to kill you all” and that she kicked an officer during her arrest. Well… months later, after some of the charges were dropped and she rejected a plea deal on the remaining charges, so I guess she’s still dealing with some legal issues from the arrest. But that didn’t stop the Palm Beach PD from releasing a video taken from her arrest that night on Christmas Eve.
This video takes place entirely in the back of the squad car. The first two minutes – which you can skip – are just LuAnn drunkenly muttering to herself and presumably the other officer in the car. Then she slips the handcuffs and one cop opens her door to pull her out of the car and recuff her, and buckle her into her seatbelt (which she unbuckled). The whole video is… not what I was expecting. Watch (as I said, you can skip the first two minutes):
This was not as bad or as violent as I was expecting. There’s the obvious observation about white privilege, of course: if a drunk black man had slipped his cuffs and then repeatedly chanted “I’ll kill you, I’ll kill you,” to a police officer, I strongly suspect that the man would be dead right now. But mostly, LuAnn just seems pathetically drunk, blackout drunk, not-really-functioning drunk. As you can maybe hear on the tape, the male officer is telling LuAnn’s friend that they have to arrest her because she “hit a law enforcement officer,” which means that a lot of sh-t went down BEFORE she was cuffed and put in the back of the squad car. Because what happens in this video is not LuAnn assaulting an officer, it’s an officer manhandling a very drunk woman.
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