The overwhelming majority of people representing the legal system in our area didn’t want this issue to go further than it had, but I still found myself in court facing a criminal charge.In the time since my charges were dropped I’ve asked myself two questions over and over: what if there wasn't a surveillance video of this incident?
A special prosecutor from another county was tapped to prosecute me.
In the two week period between the accusation and my first court appearance I was treated like I was already guilty by many people in my community.
I had a cadre of very supportive people: young, old, rich, poor, black, and white, but they were indeed in the minority.
I look back and regret not letting the official know about my video.
I didn't let anyone associated with law enforcement see the video I recorded.