I'm no law enforcement expert, but the vast variety of sources where I get my news routinely suggests that an essential part of a police officer's job is to arrest people who haven't committed any crime whatsoever. So why did police reject Orlando Robinson II's request to be arrested for doing nothing wrong?
Robinson, 28, visited the police department in Orland, California over the weekend and asked an officer to arrest him because he's homeless and needs a place to live. Jail is a place to live. But get this: the officer responded that, because Robinson "had no wants or warrants" or any reason to go to jail, he couldn't fulfill the request. Why didn't the officer just make something up? Maybe he's new to policing.
Robinson, who was on parole, then tried to rack up a charge by messing with his ankle monitor. But after checking out a few things, the officer discovered that Robinson wasn't on parole anymore and sent him on his way.
Given how easy it is to become incarcerated, seems that all Robinson has to do is try harder next time. Maybe he should pull off a $1 robbery—the crime most popular among Americans who seek to be arrested in order to receive social services they can't acquire through legal means, because of America's cruelty and dysfunction.